UPS Grants Divine Authority to Supervisor

April 22, 2006: Feeder driver Henry Gallet could not believe that he was being forced to return to work with less than four hours off-duty by Lenexa feeder manager Steve Mitchell. It seems that Mitchell has the divine authority to interpret Department of Transportation regulations as he sees fit. This authority also grants the right to falsify the DOT required Drivers Daily Log, as he compelled Gallet to log off-duty (from Lenexa, Kans. to Clinton, Okla., 12:15 a.m. to 6:45 a.m.), while in the sleeper berth on Tues., March 7, 2006.

Mitchell’s divinity has also been noted as he changes work rules, seniority rights, and contract language with impunity. It is rumored that he walks on water in his spare time! Whether divine authority or divine stupidity, Mitchell’s above the law management style alienates employees, reduces productivity, and subjects UPS to liability. —Michael A. Savwoir, Local 41, Kansas City


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