Technology Harassment and "Dishonesty"

May 24, 2013: When it comes to technology harassment and dishonesty, the new contract offers more of the same.

The company's ability to fire an employee for "dishonesty" solely based on information from technology is largely unchanged in the new contract.

The IBT claims UPS must now "confirm information from GPS by direct observation or other corroborating evidence."

But the contract makes a clear exception if UPS accuses a Teamster of "dishonesty."

The IBT also claims that, "No employee will be discharged based solely on information received from GPS unless the person intentionally defrauds the company."

But the contract already says you cannot be fired based solely on information from technology unless you "intend to defraud the company." The "intend to defraud" language is not new and it has not protected Teamsters from discharge.

UPS has fired drivers for "dishonesty" and "falsification of records" for recording an attempted delivery on a missed package, sheeting a residential delivery as a closed commercial stop, recording air when they're not at the stop, and other practices that are commonplace and sometimes encouraged by management.

Such discharges have nothing to do with stealing but they have been repeatedly upheld under the "intent to defraud" language.

The new language would now state that you must commit an "intentional" act where you "intend to defraud the company."

If a driver makes an isolated mistake, the language may help protect them from termination depending on enforcement. But the new language will not stop UPS from using technology to fire drivers on trumped up charges of dishonesty.

Click here to read more on this issue.

Click here for Complete UPS Contract Coverage.


Showing 1 reaction

Please check your e-mail for a link to activate your account.
  • followed this page 2016-11-08 10:52:48 -0500
Get Advice Join TDU Donate

Recent News

ABF Contract Local-by-Local Results

Get the local-by-local vote count for the ABF master contract and every supplement. Click here to view.

An Ugly Start to Electronic Voting

It was an ugly start for electronic voting on national contracts. For the first time in more than a decade, the Hoffa administration tried to deny members and vote count observers the right to see the ballot count results from each local union. But after a week of delays and inquiries by TDU attorney Barbara Harvey, the IBT relented, and turned over the ABF vote totals to TDU's designated observer John Palmer.

View More News Posts