‘Vote No’ Movement Sends UPS Bargainers Back to Table

David Levin
Labor Notes
June 27, 2013

The largest union contract in North America is on hold at United Parcel Service thanks to a Vote No movement by rank-and file Teamsters.

A separate national Teamster contract at UPS Freight was rejected by more than 2 to 1.

Members narrowly voted to approve the national master contract at UPS, covering 235,000 Teamsters, by 53 to 47 percent. But members rejected 18 regional and local contract agreements (called supplements and riders). These contracts all need to be renegotiated, re-voted, and approved by members before the national agreement can go into effect.

Sixty-three percent of UPS Teamsters are covered by supplements or riders that were rejected.

The national contract passed because of Yes majorities in three regions: the Southern, the Atlantic Supplement, and New England. In the rest of the country, a majority voted No.

See more here.

Higher Health Costs

The Vote No movement was fueled by a range of issues. Although chief negotiator Ken Hall had promised no increases to health care costs, the contract does just that for 140,000 of the UPSers. It was soundly rejected in many of the areas where those cuts would take effect.

But health care was not the only issue. UPS has made fat profits during the recession, including $4.5 billion last year, by cutting full-time jobs and increasing harassment and excessive overtime. Members are fed up with UPS.

The national grassroots movement Teamsters for a Democratic Union, which has a strong base at UPS, says the rejections give the union and rank-and-file members leverage to better the contract.

TDU members and other UPSers are holding organizing meetings and rallies—and circulating petitions that say: “We’ll Keep Voting No Until UPS Gets it Right.”

In a post-vote press release, UPS headquarters made it clear management wants to settle both the UPS and UPS Freight contracts soon. Anxious customers can switch to other shippers if they are concerned about a labor disruption, which is why UPS asked the Teamsters for early negotiations in the first place, to remove the threat of a strike. The national contract expires on July 31.

The largest Teamster unit at UPS, Local 89 in Louisville, Kentucky, has stated members are prepared to strike if necessary. The 10,000 Teamsters there operate the main UPS air hub. They rejected their local rider by an 8-1 margin despite a concerted “vote yes” campaign by both the international and management, and a $1,000 bonus offer to air hub Teamsters.

The separate agreement covering 13,000 truck drivers and dock workers at UPS’s Freight division was rejected by 69 percent. TDU’s network of UPS Freight Teamsters is pressing now to eliminate a two-tier scale for road drivers and to get wage and benefit improvements.

The international argues that the two-tier language is needed to bring contracted-out long-haul driving work back in house, but that approach has been decisively rejected by the rank and file.

Angry members have ended the company’s and the international union’s dream of an easy early deal.

- See more at: http://www.labornotes.org/2013/06/vote-no-movement-sends-ups-bargainers-...

The largest union contract in North America is on hold at United Parcel Service thanks to a Vote No movement by rank-and file Teamsters.

A separate national Teamster contract at UPS Freight was rejected by more than 2 to 1.

Members narrowly voted to approve the national master contract at UPS, covering 235,000 Teamsters, by 53 to 47 percent. But members rejected 18 regional and local contract agreements (called supplements and riders). These contracts all need to be renegotiated, re-voted, and approved by members before the national agreement can go into effect.

Sixty-three percent of UPS Teamsters are covered by supplements or riders that were rejected.

The national contract passed because of Yes majorities in three regions: the Southern, the Atlantic Supplement, and New England. In the rest of the country, a majority voted No.

See more here.

Higher Health Costs

The Vote No movement was fueled by a range of issues. Although chief negotiator Ken Hall had promised no increases to health care costs, the contract does just that for 140,000 of the UPSers. It was soundly rejected in many of the areas where those cuts would take effect.

But health care was not the only issue. UPS has made fat profits during the recession, including $4.5 billion last year, by cutting full-time jobs and increasing harassment and excessive overtime. Members are fed up with UPS.

The national grassroots movement Teamsters for a Democratic Union, which has a strong base at UPS, says the rejections give the union and rank-and-file members leverage to better the contract.

TDU members and other UPSers are holding organizing meetings and rallies—and circulating petitions that say: “We’ll Keep Voting No Until UPS Gets it Right.”

In a post-vote press release, UPS headquarters made it clear management wants to settle both the UPS and UPS Freight contracts soon. Anxious customers can switch to other shippers if they are concerned about a labor disruption, which is why UPS asked the Teamsters for early negotiations in the first place, to remove the threat of a strike. The national contract expires on July 31.

The largest Teamster unit at UPS, Local 89 in Louisville, Kentucky, has stated members are prepared to strike if necessary. The 10,000 Teamsters there operate the main UPS air hub. They rejected their local rider by an 8-1 margin despite a concerted “vote yes” campaign by both the international and management, and a $1,000 bonus offer to air hub Teamsters.

The separate agreement covering 13,000 truck drivers and dock workers at UPS’s Freight division was rejected by 69 percent. TDU’s network of UPS Freight Teamsters is pressing now to eliminate a two-tier scale for road drivers and to get wage and benefit improvements.

The international argues that the two-tier language is needed to bring contracted-out long-haul driving work back in house, but that approach has been decisively rejected by the rank and file.

Angry members have ended the company’s and the international union’s dream of an easy early deal.

- See more at: http://www.labornotes.org/2013/06/vote-no-movement-sends-ups-bargainers-...

The largest union contract in North America is on hold at United Parcel Service thanks to a Vote No movement by rank-and file Teamsters.

A separate national Teamster contract at UPS Freight was rejected by more than 2 to 1.

Members narrowly voted to approve the national master contract at UPS, covering 235,000 Teamsters, by 53 to 47 percent. But members rejected 18 regional and local contract agreements (called supplements and riders). These contracts all need to be renegotiated, re-voted, and approved by members before the national agreement can go into effect.

Sixty-three percent of UPS Teamsters are covered by supplements or riders that were rejected.

The national contract passed because of Yes majorities in three regions: the Southern, the Atlantic Supplement, and New England. In the rest of the country, a majority voted No.

See more here.

Higher Health Costs

The Vote No movement was fueled by a range of issues. Although chief negotiator Ken Hall had promised no increases to health care costs, the contract does just that for 140,000 of the UPSers. It was soundly rejected in many of the areas where those cuts would take effect.

But health care was not the only issue. UPS has made fat profits during the recession, including $4.5 billion last year, by cutting full-time jobs and increasing harassment and excessive overtime. Members are fed up with UPS.

The national grassroots movement Teamsters for a Democratic Union, which has a strong base at UPS, says the rejections give the union and rank-and-file members leverage to better the contract.

TDU members and other UPSers are holding organizing meetings and rallies—and circulating petitions that say: “We’ll Keep Voting No Until UPS Gets it Right.”

In a post-vote press release, UPS headquarters made it clear management wants to settle both the UPS and UPS Freight contracts soon. Anxious customers can switch to other shippers if they are concerned about a labor disruption, which is why UPS asked the Teamsters for early negotiations in the first place, to remove the threat of a strike. The national contract expires on July 31.

The largest Teamster unit at UPS, Local 89 in Louisville, Kentucky, has stated members are prepared to strike if necessary. The 10,000 Teamsters there operate the main UPS air hub. They rejected their local rider by an 8-1 margin despite a concerted “vote yes” campaign by both the international and management, and a $1,000 bonus offer to air hub Teamsters.

The separate agreement covering 13,000 truck drivers and dock workers at UPS’s Freight division was rejected by 69 percent. TDU’s network of UPS Freight Teamsters is pressing now to eliminate a two-tier scale for road drivers and to get wage and benefit improvements.

The international argues that the two-tier language is needed to bring contracted-out long-haul driving work back in house, but that approach has been decisively rejected by the rank and file.

Angry members have ended the company’s and the international union’s dream of an easy early deal.

- See more at: http://www.labornotes.org/2013/06/vote-no-movement-sends-ups-bargainers-...

The largest union contract in North America is on hold at United Parcel Service thanks to a Vote No movement by rank-and file Teamsters.

A separate national Teamster contract at UPS Freight was rejected by more than 2 to 1.

Members narrowly voted to approve the national master contract at UPS, covering 235,000 Teamsters, by 53 to 47 percent. But members rejected 18 regional and local contract agreements (called supplements and riders). These contracts all need to be renegotiated, re-voted, and approved by members before the national agreement can go into effect.

- See more at: http://www.labornotes.org/2013/06/vote-no-movement-sends-ups-bargainers-...

The largest union contract in North America is on hold at United Parcel Service thanks to a Vote No movement by rank-and file Teamsters.

A separate national Teamster contract at UPS Freight was rejected by more than 2 to 1.

Members narrowly voted to approve the national master contract at UPS, covering 235,000 Teamsters, by 53 to 47 percent. But members rejected 18 regional and local contract agreements (called supplements and riders). These contracts all need to be renegotiated, re-voted, and approved by members before the national agreement can go into effect.

- See more at: http://www.labornotes.org/2013/06/vote-no-movement-sends-ups-bargainers-...

The largest union contract in North America is on hold at United Parcel Service thanks to a Vote No movement by rank-and file Teamsters.

A separate national Teamster contract at UPS Freight was rejected by more than 2 to 1.

Members narrowly voted to approve the national master contract at UPS, covering 235,000 Teamsters, by 53 to 47 percent. But members rejected 18 regional and local contract agreements (called supplements and riders). These contracts all need to be renegotiated, re-voted, and approved by members before the national agreement can go into effect.

Sixty-three percent of UPS Teamsters are covered by supplements or riders that were rejected.

The national contract passed because of Yes majorities in three regions: the Southern, the Atlantic Supplement, and New England. In the rest of the country, a majority voted No.

See more here.

Higher Health Costs

The Vote No movement was fueled by a range of issues. Although chief negotiator Ken Hall had promised no increases to health care costs, the contract does just that for 140,000 of the UPSers. It was soundly rejected in many of the areas where those cuts would take effect.

But health care was not the only issue. UPS has made fat profits during the recession, including $4.5 billion last year, by cutting full-time jobs and increasing harassment and excessive overtime. Members are fed up with UPS.

The national grassroots movement Teamsters for a Democratic Union, which has a strong base at UPS, says the rejections give the union and rank-and-file members leverage to better the contract.

TDU members and other UPSers are holding organizing meetings and rallies—and circulating petitions that say: “We’ll Keep Voting No Until UPS Gets it Right.”

In a post-vote press release, UPS headquarters made it clear management wants to settle both the UPS and UPS Freight contracts soon. Anxious customers can switch to other shippers if they are concerned about a labor disruption, which is why UPS asked the Teamsters for early negotiations in the first place, to remove the threat of a strike. The national contract expires on July 31.

The largest Teamster unit at UPS, Local 89 in Louisville, Kentucky, has stated members are prepared to strike if necessary. The 10,000 Teamsters there operate the main UPS air hub. They rejected their local rider by an 8-1 margin despite a concerted “vote yes” campaign by both the international and management, and a $1,000 bonus offer to air hub Teamsters.

The separate agreement covering 13,000 truck drivers and dock workers at UPS’s Freight division was rejected by 69 percent. TDU’s network of UPS Freight Teamsters is pressing now to eliminate a two-tier scale for road drivers and to get wage and benefit improvements.

The international argues that the two-tier language is needed to bring contracted-out long-haul driving work back in house, but that approach has been decisively rejected by the rank and file.

Angry members have ended the company’s and the international union’s dream of an easy early deal.

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UPS FREIGHT SAYS HEEEEEEEEELLLLLLLLLLL NNNNNNNNNOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!! WE WANT IMMEDIATE RAISES TO $33.40 AN HOUR PLUS %3.5 YEARLY RAISES TO OFFSET INFLATIONS... AC IN ALLLLLLLLL TRUCKS NOT JUST NEW. AND PROVIDED WITHIN 60 DAYS OF BEING RIGHTEN UP, AFTER 4 YEARS 6 SICK DAYS AND 4 WEEKS VACATION, AND AFTER 15 YEARS OF SERVICE 7 WEEKS VACATION AND 7 SICK DAYS.  ALSO GETTING PAID FOR 45 HOURS, NOT JUST 40  JUST LIKE GROUND!!!!!!!. NO BLACK OUT WEEKS IN ANY MOUNTH!!!!!!!!!, NO NO NO!!!!! CO-PAYMENTS TO HEALTH CARE!!!! AND NO NO NO REDUCTION IN HEALTH CARE!!!  AND NNNNNNNOOOOOO FORCED OVER TIME!!!!!! ALL GRIEVENCE PROCEEDERS FOLLOWED IMMEDIATELY!!!!!!!!!!! BOTTOM LINE IF WE DONT GET THIS, WE DO NOT LOVE OUT FAMILIES!!!!!! ALSO %60 OF ALLLLL REPEAT ALLLLLLLL INSIDE DELIVERIES, LIFTGATE, RESIDENTIAL, HAZMAT, REWIEGH FEES IN PROFITS BE GIVEN TO US THE DRIVERS DOCK WORKERS AND UNION OFFICE WORKERS WHO BREAK THERE BACK FOR,,, WE DO THE WORK,GET SCREAMED AT BY CUSTOMERS, HARRASED BY MANAGEMENT,,  WE SHOULD GET PAID, JUST LIKE BASKETBALL, WE DESERVE THAT, NOT A BUNCH OF PENCIL PUSHERS WHO GET 10 WEEKS VACATION AND 10 MILLION A YEAR AND MOST OF IT IN TAX FREE BONUSES,            ITS FUNNY MID LEVEL MANAGEMENT SHOULD REALLY THANK US BECAUSE THE ONLY, REPEAT ONLY REASON WHY THEY GET HIGHER SALARIES AND BONUSES IS BECAUSE THERE BOSES ARE AFRAID THEY WILL BECOME UNION, PERIOD!..           

REMEMBER TO ALL OF US THAT THE EXECUTIVE BOARD MEMBERS AND MANAGEMENT ARE AFRAID OF US ,THAT WE WILL GO ON STRIKE,,, NO MATTER HOW THEY MIGHT TRY TO INTIMMIDATE US. THEY R FRIGHTENED THAT WE WILL GO ON STRIKE...  

WE HAVE THE POWER NOT EXECUTIVES,   AND THEY KNOW IT!!!!!!!!

THESE NOGOTIATORS SHOULD ASK FOR THIS, IF THEY DON'T, THEY NEED TO BE REPLACED!!!!!! 

 

Now that the tdu has got the ups freight drivers to vote no on the contract can you tell them what next? Can you tell them most of all can you tell them how many jobs will be lost because people are not going to put their freight on an un stable company who"s employee's vote no on raises lower insurance cost increase pension when most of the nation is taking cuts.