Teamsters Stand Up for Good, Full-Time Jobs

February 21, 2008: DHL and UPS are launching new attacks on Teamster full-time jobs.

Members are uniting to say Part-Time America Won’t Work.

Good full-time jobs are under attack. Employers are replacing full-time jobs with part-time positions that don’t pay a living wage—even under our top Teamster contracts.

DHL is ground zero for the latest attack on Teamster full-time jobs. UPS also has a new scheme to undermine full-time jobs.

The good news is Teamster members are fighting back. If we stick together, we can win.

As we go to press, Teamsters for a Democratic Union (TDU) has obtained the details of a yet-to-be-released contract at DHL that would destroy thousands of full-time Teamster jobs over time.

The secret deal would let DHL hire an unlimited number of part-timers to load, unload, sort and work the ramp. These part-timers would be guaranteed just three hours work and can be scheduled to work any five days.

Wages and other contract details are still being worked out. But DHL Teamsters are not waiting for the other shoe to drop. They are already spreading the word and preparing to vote down the proposed contract concessions.

UPS pioneered the attack on good full-time jobs in our union, and they’re at it again. This month Brown launched a new initiative that uses part-time drivers to pick up ground packages.

The scheme violates contract language that exists precisely to stop the company from undermining full-time driving jobs by exploiting lower-paid part-time drivers.

Contact TDU for advice on enforcing the contract.

We Can Turn the Tide

Our union has already allowed too many full-time jobs to be converted into underpaid part-time positions—and not just at UPS.

The new freight agreement allows employers to hire part-time dock workers. And the International Union is behind the new part-time scheme at DHL.

Part-Time American Won’t Work. That was the slogan that united our union to win 20,000 new full-time jobs at UPS.

In 2008, we face new attacks. United, we can win again.


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