Record Profits for UPS, Concessions for Us

Wall Street celebrated and UPS stock prices soared after the company announced peak season profits that were even higher than expected.

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UPS spent record amounts, including on new facilities, to handle growing e-commerce volume and the peak season rush. Even after those expenses, UPS’s profits, after taxes, topped $6 billion for the year.

The national contract imposed by the Hoffa-Hall administration delivered concessions, including two-tier 22.4 package drivers and part-time starting pay of just $13 an hour.

There’s something wrong with this picture. Top Teamster negotiators are not using our bargaining leverage to win the contracts we deserve—and the contract vote showed that the majority of UPS Teamsters know it.

Wall Street Celebrates, UPSers Look Ahead

UPS made $1.67 billion in fourth quarter profits, before tallying a one-time $1.24 billion charge based on the market value of their pension holdings. That bookkeeping adjustment left the company’s official fourth quarter net income results at $453 million, and their official profit figure for the year at $4.8 billion

Supply chain and freight revenue grew to $3.44 billion, despite management’s temporary shutdown of UPS Freight operations to bully members into accepting a weak contract.

Wall Street was thrilled with these numbers which beat analysts’ expectations.

UPS Teamsters are focused on other numbers, like the 54 percent majority of members that voted No to reject the company’s concessionary contract offer and the Two-Thirds loophole the Hoffa administration used to impose the contract.

What’s Next for UPSers Who Voted No

Teamsters for a Democratic Union (TDU) and the UPS Teamsters United campaign are taking action now to make sure last year’s concessionary contract is the last one.

We’re organizing elect local and International Union leaders who will stand behind UPSers and we’re organizing to eliminate the Two-Thirds Rule from the Teamster Constitution so we never see have another contract imposed on us again.

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