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UPS + Overnite = Danger Ahead

UPS today is not the same company many higher seniority Teamsters went to work for: First air freight, then global reach, technology, logistics. The biggest single change is about to happen: UPS’ conversion to a full-service freight carrier. In the links below, we examine the consequences of this change, and what we can do to turn it to our advantage. If our union fails to take that step, we could pay a big price. Consider...

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Indianapolis UPS Rider Approved

February 3, 2014: Eight months after it was first rejected by UPS Teamsters, the Indianapolis Local 135 Rider was approved by a vote of 551 to 357. Approval came after several changes were made to the rider in bargaining after the rejection. The International Union did multiple mailings to members to encourage a yes vote. The mailings advertised the improvements made in TeamCare benefits since the first rejection, the changes made to the Rider, and...

UPS Says Profits for Us, Concessions for You

January 30, 2014: While UPS and UPS Freight Teamsters take concessions, the profit haul for the company continues. UPS reported fourth-quarter profits of $1.2 billion and says profits will top $5 billion in 2014. The media is full of sympathetic stories about how UPS profits are, “falling short of expectations.” And it’s true that UPS’s fourth quarter profits were lower than originally expected because of the much-publicized problems at peak. But before you pull out...
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