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How to Defend Against Harassment

Pressure tactics and intimidation are part of UPS management’s tool kit. The pressure may be turned on or off, or be directed at a select few, but it is rarely out of the picture altogether. And there are times when management embarks on serious campaigns of intimidation. Sometimes a center manager who has been transferred into an area for exactly this purpose launches these attacks. They target everyone, trying to stampede drivers into cutting corners...

Contract 2008:

In 2006 we will be just one year away from the campaign needed to win a new UPS contract. It is not too early to start discussing plans for contract 2008. In the past several years UPS has mounted an unprecedented attack on working conditions, job security and benefits. Work hours, stop counts—and injuries—continue to rise. UPS ignores 9.5 contract language that was meant to protect package car drivers. Subcontracting chips away at feeder jobs...

Will UPS’s New Divisions Be In National Contract?

When UPS bought Menlo Forwarding it gave our union the chance to bring hundreds of Teamsters under the protection of the UPS Master Agreement. Menlo was a stepchild of the freight contract. Though doing essentially the same work as freight Teamsters, Menlo workers made significantly less and were scattered under local agreements. Local Agreements Leave Many With Low Wages & Poor Benefits The good news is that all Menlo (now called CSI) contracts will expire...

Heat on UPS or Just Hot Air?

“Over 2,000 new jobs created” the Teamster magazine cover trumpets. Read on and we learn that these jobs came about as a result of the IBT “turning up the heat” on UPS over subcontracting and other violations. Turning up the heat could be welcome, but is that really the case or is this just because of the International Union election this year? The contract has been in effect for three and a half years, so...

Gold Rush!

Gold! Rumors of gold! It was said to be everywhere! According to Horace Greeley of the New York Tribune, “Fortune lies upon the surface of the earth as plentiful as the mud in our streets.” So began the historic California Gold Rush of the late 1840s and 1850s. Most came away with nothing more than fool’s gold. History repeats itself. This time the promise of gold has hit UPS facilities in the form of a...
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YRCW will “revise proposal” to Teamsters

January 16, 2014.  YRCW CEO James Welch now says that the company will “revise its proposal” for a contract extension, to work with the Teamsters and with their lenders to enable the company to re-finance its debt. In a statement issued today. Welch admitted that “re-voting the same proposal is not an option.” Teamsters at YRCW clearly gave Welch that information with the overwhelming rejection of the company’s first extension proposal. Welch now plans to...

YRCW Teamsters ask: Where’s Hoffa?

January 15, 2014: YRCW Teamsters are asking: where are Hoffa and the IBT Freight Division?  YRCW terminal management personnel are working over Teamsters, asking them to call the IBT and request a re-vote, while hinting of a possible closure. The IBT Freight Division has stated there will be no re-vote of the same proposal. We can all agree on that. Hoffa and Freight Director Tyson Johnson are MIA, leaving YRC Teamsters to fend for themselves....
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