"So why did Hoffa's negotiating committee settle the Central Region contract supplement, the largest in the UPS contract, without any significant gains and even with some give-backs?!
The union put fifty (50) proposals on the bargaining table in the Central Region, but came back empty handed. These proposals included more sick days (some regions have more than the Central), proposals to deal with excessive overtime, to improve the grievance procedure, and lots more.
Nothing was won.
Why would our union officials allow the probation period for full-time employees to be extended five days? Why would they allow a take-away of seniority to deny laid off feeder drivers the right to bump the junior employee?
Instead of eliminating the terrible clause in this supplement that allows UPS to immediately fire any employee at any time for "other serious offenses," why did our union leaders allow the company to add more language, so they can suspend or fire?
The scorecard on 14 (mostly very minor) changes agreed to: 11 were company proposals or counter proposals; 2 were company and union proposals; 1 (!) was a union counter proposal. Is the company writing our contract?
The good news: Teamsters in the Central Region, and in all supplements and riders, have the right to accept or reject the supplement, in secret ballot voting. This is not a final deal, but a "tentative agreement."
[Click here for the UPS Central Region Supplement Tentative Agreement] (Acrobat file, 462Kb)