December 16, 2013: UPS Teamsters who are slated to be moved into TeamCare will keep their current benefits until the UPS contract and all supplements and riders are resolved.
An official notice confirms what TDU and Vote No Teamsters have been saying for months.
To scare UPS Teamsters into voting yes on the contract, many Teamster officials threatened members that they would lose their health coverage on January 1 or that they would be moved into TeamCare on January 1 even if they Vote No. That was just another lie.
“This is a victory for the Vote No movement and for Teamsters who united against healthcare cuts,” said Local 623 member Bobby Curry. “We’ve saved our healthcare without cuts for a few more months and shown that we were telling the truth and Hoffa and Hall were lying to members.”
The IBT sent out multiple mailings and DVDs to sell the contract. But when members wanted to know what would happen to their healthcare on January 1, Hoffa and Hall have been MIA. Members got a notice from the company before a word from the union.
The same information Brownout is in effect for Teamsters covered by the IBT-UPS Pension Plan who are in limbo about retiring at the end of the year and have no assurance from Hoffa and Hall that the pension increase in the new contract will be retroactive.
It’s time to end the information Brownout.