Members who have contacted the Parcel Division have been told that our union has made no agreement with UPS to allow the company to use Air Drivers to pick up ground packages from drop boxes.
The Parcel Division has advised members to file grievances on all violations.
Article 40 of the contract prohibits Air Drivers from handling ground packages except under a narrowly defined “exception basis.”
This language exists to stop the company from exploiting lower-paid Air Drivers instead of creating higher-paying package car positions. The top pay rate for package car drivers is more than $28 an hour compared to as little as $11.50 for Air Drivers.
By standing up for our contract, we can defend package car jobs—and win monetary awards for Air Drivers.
Stewards and working Teamsters at UPS need to have our eyes open and file grievances on drop box violations.
Our grievances should demand that UPS pay Air Drivers who handle ground packages out of drop boxes the highest package car driver wage rate and that the company cease and desist from this practice.
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