Teamster VPs Call for Halt on UPS Contract Approval

A growing number of International Union Vice Presidents are calling for Hoffa to respect the members vote at UPS, declare that the contract is not ratified and to hold an emergency meeting of the General Executive Board.

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Hoffa Go Back to the Bargaining Table

Seven International Union Vice Presidents have called for a halt on the UPS contract approval and a special meeting of the General Executive Board, including Eastern Region Vice President Sean O’Brien, Southern Region Vice Presidents John Palmer and Kim Schultz, and Central Region Vice Presidents Avral Thompson, Tony Jones, Bob Kopystynsky, and Bill Frisky.

The only IBT Vice Presidents who represent UPSers in their locals who have not called for a majority rule on the contract are Western Region Vice Presidents Ron Herrera, Rick Middleton, and At-Large Vice President Steve Vairma.

Hoffa is required by Article IX, Section 5 of the Constitution to hold a General Executive Board meeting if more than half of the members of the GEB request one.

Members rejected the UPS contract with a 54% No Vote. UPS issued a statement recognizing the vote and expressing their disappointment that the contract had been rejected.

But then Hoffa’s Package Division Director Denis Taylor declared the contract ratified, enraging members and confusing even UPS management.

No national contract has ever been ratified after a majority of members Voted No since the revised two-thirds rule went into effect in 1987.

Making Up the Rules To Get the Results He Wants

On Sunday, Taylor told a conference call of the National Negotiating Committee that Supplements that were rejected by the members were also ratified under his interpretation of the two-thirds rule.

But Taylor is clearly making up the rules as he goes along. 

In June 2013, ten Supplements and Riders were rejected by less than 2/3, and had less than 50% participating in the vote.  Every single one was renegotiated, and re-voted.

The rejected 2013 supplements that did not meet Taylor’s version of the two-thirds rule included the Central Region Supplement, the Western Region Supplement, the Ohio Rider, the Michigan Rider, the Local 177 Package Supplement, the Local 177 Mechanics Supplement, the Local 804 Supplement, the Metro Philadelphia Supplement, the Upstate New York Supplement, and the TCI Supplement.    

Every single one was renegotiated and re-voted.

Now, Taylor claims that respecting the vote of the members violates the Teamster Constitution. He’s either lying, ignorant, or just determined to do the company’s dirty work whatever the cost.

UPS Teamsters demand that the International Union return to the bargaining table and hold a vote on an improved contract offer.

UPS

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  • Thomas Eglip Jr.
    commented 2018-10-10 08:50:53 -0400 · Flag
    It’s hard for me to stand for those who havent started working @ UPS yet, as they know what they are getting into before they start. If they choose to do the same job as me for less, that’s on them….but the UNION shouldn’t even allow this to be a choice? Secondly, the membership has moaned about accessive OT, and the answers we got is 9.5 that does very little to stop the amount of hours worked over the period of a week/month/year. Now they want to have us think a 4 day work week is the answer? Well 4 10 hour days puts what would be 10 OT into straight time and that hurts the family bottom line. Key word is accessible OT…not, not any OT at all. So then to satisfy income, worker will them have to work 4 12 hour days and sign up for inevitable bud sheet for 5th day of work…..thus not handling the axxessive work altogether. Thirdly, when our local has a vote for leadership, I cant get them to go away. I see them incessantly. Havent seen them once in the last 2 months.
    It is time to clean house. Time to get rid of the Hoffa character and his cronies. Time to get rid of local leadership.
  • Arthur Burgess
    commented 2018-10-10 07:00:01 -0400
    They should do what the members want by the votes that were made.
  • Alan Hannen
    commented 2018-10-10 04:09:24 -0400
    No more give backs!
    No more poor contracts!
    No more ignoring the rank and file!
    NO MORE HOFFA!!!
  • Joel Souni
    commented 2018-10-10 00:52:57 -0400
    Hoffa remember what you do now will Have an effect on all other Teamsters on how they feel about the union and how they screw over their members and also remember it’s our money that pays you not to dirty handshakes
  • Adam west
    commented 2018-10-09 21:33:37 -0400
    If voting made REALLY change it would be illegal
  • David Learch
    commented 2018-10-09 21:09:25 -0400
    I agree pete……. wild cat strike the bastards..and call for a congressional investigation… into these union practices….the company cant make it without you….and neither can the back room deal makers of the union. !!
  • Peter Woolfe
    commented 2018-10-09 19:24:04 -0400
    We’ve been sold out by Hoffa and company who’ve obviously cut a back room deal in the hopes of staying in power. Shame on us for not getting out the vote but shame on them for not respecting our vote. This is our future people. This is a divide and conquer strategy. We need to UNITE!
  • David Learch
    commented 2018-10-09 19:08:29 -0400
    Ooo. So well put !!! Part time America

    Doesnt work !! Peroid!..
  • Adam west
    commented 2018-10-09 18:33:34 -0400
    It starts at the local ups centers. When your union reps give in to the management and screw every person that has a real complain or grievance. They watch ppl like Hoffa and Taylor line their pockets with our money and bend us over. Just another company that doesn’t care. Part time workers get the shaft with poverty level wages. McDonald’s pays more and the work is easier. Wonder why they can’t keep quality loaders and night workers. But the CEO can triple his salary to an obscene amount. That’s why we have to make concessions. F*****G JOKE!!!!!!!!!
  • Adam west
    commented 2018-10-09 18:33:34 -0400
    It starts at the local ups centers. When your union reps give in to the management and screw every person that has a real complain or grievance. They watch ppl like Hoffa and Taylor line their pockets with our money and bend us over. Just another company that doesn’t care. Part time workers get the shaft with poverty level wages. McDonald’s pays more and the work is easier. Wonder why they can’t keep quality loaders and night workers. But the CEO can triple his salary to an obscene amount. That’s why we have to make concessions. F*****G JOKE!!!!!!!!!
  • David Learch
    commented 2018-10-09 17:55:40 -0400
    This union needs to respect the members vote…we are tired of the unions self presevation..on the backs of the members efforts to make the company profitable….seems to me a company that can post a 5 billion dollar profit…….
    .already has a good contract. !!
    Why do they need any consessions???
  • Bev Griffith
    commented 2018-10-09 17:35:44 -0400
    How do we terminate Hoffas employment
  • Joe Sepulveda
    commented 2018-10-09 15:46:35 -0400
    We only get 25% of VP’s That’s how many members bothered to cast a NO vote.
  • Ray Zienowicz
    commented 2018-10-09 15:26:38 -0400
    The union greed will be their downfall along with UPS. Are they too stupid to realize NON UNION companies like Amazon and Fed X are delivering millions of packages at a lower rate?
  • Joseph Baddour
    commented 2018-10-09 15:03:49 -0400
    Too bad we can’t file a past practice grievance against the IBT regarding the two-thirds rule.
  • Demetrick Toney
    commented 2018-10-09 12:47:49 -0400
    They must not need must respect the members vote and go back to the table with UPS or why do we vote if that is the case then we just accept what the company gives us and just take it no negotiations at all I’m just saying.
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