April 2, 2014: UPS has threatened 250 New York Local 804 members with termination. As we go to press, UPS has cut off talks with the union and has fired some of the drivers. The fired drivers were chosen at random—taking arbitrary discipline at UPS to a new low.
Elected officials and the public are rallying behind Local 804 members and pressing UPS to get to the table and settle the dispute.
On Feb. 26, UPS fired a union activist in violation of the grievance procedure. Two hundred fifty members walked off the job in protest.
The walkout lasted about two hours. Drivers delivered their message to UPS and then they returned to work and delivered their packages.
UPS issued notices of termination to all of them.
The company’s actions have drawn the ire of political leaders and the public. U.S. Congressional Reps and State Senators and Assembly Members have issued support
statements and contacted UPS management.
On March 21, elected officials rallied with Local 804 members and delivered over 100,000 petition signatures to UPS.
A resolution has been introduced to the City Council calling on UPS to revoke the terminations and settle the dispute with Local 804.
Elected officials point out that UPS does over $40 million in business annually with the City of New York and New York State and gets a $15 million break every year from the City in reduced fines on traffic tickets.
The workers, the union and the public are united. UPS should revoke the firings and settle the dispute.