February 21, 2014: The information brownout has reached a new low. UPS Teamsters in Ohio, who have rejected their rider twice, will get a third ballot mailed to them on February 27, without any input or even information about changes to UPS’s offer.
Meanwhile, Hoffa and Hall are using threats and rumors to try to get Teamsters in Western Pennsylvania and Philadelphia to accept their supplements, which members have decisively rejected twice.
Hall’s office is spreading the word that the third vote may be a strike vote, and if members vote to strike, the IBT will not sanction extending picket lines beyond Pennsylvania.
This is how low Hoffa and Hall have sunk. Instead of using a strike threat against the company to win a better contract, Hoffa and Hall are using the strike threat against their own members!
The fact is, UPS does not want any strike, certainly not in big cities like Philadelphia and Pittsburgh. Our union has leverage. But we don’t have leadership that knows how to use it.
There is still no word on when the Philadelphia and Western Pennsylvania supplements will be re-voted or what improvements are being negotiated.
Louisville Air Rider
Louisville Local 89’s bargaining committee will meet with management on February 27-28 in hopes that management will finally agree to some reasonable improvements in the Louisville Air Rider.
The bargaining committee unanimously recommended a rejection in the previous vote and members overwhelmingly voted No.