May 20, 2011: UPS is coming under fire for unfair production standards and the company’s blame-the-worker approach to safety.
In a report in the New York Times, Chicago Local 705 members exposed UPS’s relentless production harassment and management pressure to suppress the reporting of workplace injuries.
Other Teamster locals are also taking action and getting into the media. Boston Local 25 recently pulled out of UPS’s safety committees.
Teamsters Local 804 has held a series of demonstrations against production harassment at UPS buildings across metro New York.
The International Union called for a national day of action. Stickers saying Unfair Production Harassment were distributed to local unions. But with only one week’s advance notice, participation was uneven.
“After years of outrageous violations, it’s good to see the IBT at least trying to do something,” said John Youngermann, a Local 688 UPS Teamster and a member of the TDU Steering Committee. “But it’s going to take a lot more than stickers to stop production harassment and unsafe working conditions at UPS.”