After No Vote, Contract Chaos at UPS

Hoffa’s Package Division Director Denis Taylor has created massive confusion by announcing that the UPS contract is ratified, even though members Voted No and UPS  announced the contract was rejected and negotiations would resume. UPS Teamsters demand majority rule, a return to the bargaining table, and a vote on a new contract offer.  

Here's how the contract chaos unfolded.

After UPSers Voted No to reject the contract, the company issued a statement that, "We are disappointed the Small Package and Freight tentative agreements were not ratified." The company pledged to return to the bargaining table.

But after UPS announced it would respect the vote, Taylor blindsided the members and claimed the contract is ratified. "That's news to UPS," the press reported. 

It is a sad day when the company respects a contract vote by the members more than our union negotiator.

Sign the Petition to Demand that 
Hoffa Go Back to the Bargaining Table

If the Hoffa administration disregards the No Vote and ratifies the contract, it will be giving a gift to union-busters everywhere by telling workers inside and outside our union that Teamster leaders don’t listen to the members.  

The General Executive Board should hold an emergency meeting to resolve this crisis.

General President Hoffa has the authority under the Constitution to respect the majority vote of the members, remove Taylor as the union negotiator, return to the bargaining table, and order a contract vote once a new offer has been reached. Any other outcome will betray the members and weaken our union. 

How Can They Do This?

Outraged members are asking how Taylor can overrule a vote of the members.

Taylor is citing a loophole in the Constitution that allows negotiators to accept a contract if fewer than half of the members vote— unless the contract is rejected by a two-thirds vote.

But that is only half of the story. The same section of the Constitution says the Negotiating Committee can go back to the table to bargain “additional provisions as can be negotiated by it.” [Article XII, Section 2(d)]

No national contract has ever been imposed after a majority of members Voted No since this two-thirds rule went into effect in amended in 1987.

Unite for Change

UPSers are furious and rightly so. We need to put our anger to good use. The Hoffa administration is counting on UPSers becoming disgusted and giving up. We need to take action instead.

1. Demand Negotiations & a New Contract Vote

UPSers need to demand that General President Hoffa respect the vote of the members, return to the bargaining table, and put an improved contract offer out to a vote.

2. Eliminate the Two-Thirds Rule

The two-thirds rule in any form needs to be eliminated from the Teamster Constitution. Members can make this happen at the Teamster Convention in 2021. Vote No activists will make plans to win this and other reforms at the upcoming TDU Convention. 

3. Take Back Our Locals

Too many UPSers are represented by Local Union leader that side with Hoffa and the company. We need to take back our union. Some UPSers are already leading the way. UPSers in Dallas Local 767 and New York Local 804 are running for union office this fall to throw pro-Hoffa, pro-company officials out of office. 

TDU has launched the Future Reform Officers initiative to help Teamsters run for office and build local unions that stand up to the employers.

4. Give Hoffa the Boot

When this contract is over, the job is to elect new International Union leadership.

The UPS contract betrayal proves beyond any doubt that Hoffa needs to go. UPS Teamsters cannot vote out Hoffa by ourselves. But we are by far the largest voting bloc–and we can team up with members from other industries through the Teamsters for a Democratic Union network. 

UPSers are located in every city and town in North America. We can form the backbone of a grassroots campaign that can drive Hoffa out of office and elect new leadership that will fight the company and not the members.

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  • Mark Tanzi
    commented 2018-10-08 18:24:53 -0400
    Not sure what you guys are complaining about. You guys voted for the contract that said 2/3 of the union had to vote in order for a no vote to be accepted. Only 44% voted. That means you were short 23%. Hoffa is only following the contract. He really does not have a choice.
  • David Thayer Sr.
    commented 2018-10-08 14:35:30 -0400
    Time for a wildcat strike,Hoffa has to be shown that he works for us not for himself or ups, this man is evil,corrupt,he cut our pensions and now he is disregarding what the members have said,if there is a way to impeach this lowlife it must be done
  • Bruce Swearingen
    commented 2018-10-08 13:21:57 -0400
    Welcome to the Teamsters temp. Agency.
    Tradeshow has endured this level of representative Fraud since Hoffa became Principal Officer!
  • Butch Traylor
    commented 2018-10-07 19:12:48 -0400
    50% of eligible voters don’t vote in presidential elections, less than 50% of members voted in local or the last International election. Hoffa is a cowardly scab.
    The Teamsters Union leadership is nothing but a sell out.
  • David Thayer Sr.
    commented 2018-10-07 18:50:18 -0400
    Hoffa is being paid by ups is my belief,why else would he allow a contract that a fast food worker earns more than a new hire ups driver,the amount of work ,the constant lifting,the abuse no air, no heat being spied on throughout the day ,not to mention 70 hour foreced work weeks working weekends ,holidays ,Hoffa has to be removed to me a no vote is a no vote,he pulled the same crap with our pensions saying even if we voted no the no vote would be over ridden he is just no good.
  • Scott Kendall
    commented 2018-10-07 15:10:42 -0400
    The fix was in from the start. Hoffa and the Teamsters need UPS more than they need its members.
  • Wayne Morris
    commented 2018-10-07 13:02:06 -0400
    Retired ups,so tell me why didn’t you guys vote less than 50% that’s pathetic in the future VOTE one way or the other
  • Rick Spriggs
    commented 2018-10-07 04:21:32 -0400
    Hoffa has never liked the UPS workers for anything other than a cash cow but if the members are too damn lazy and entitled to vote then maybe this is what they deserve. If getting involved was ever important , the time is now when labor has nobody in either political party helping them and now the Teamster leadership has joined UPS in screwing them over, Come on guys, get involved or go work somewhere else.
  • Thomas Glidden
    commented 2018-10-06 20:14:19 -0400
    What was this vote for if they were just going to impose it onto us any way? Hoffa is running this union like this is a employment agency where he dictates the conditions of employment. That is not a union. He works for us, not the other way around. He needs to go.
  • Teamsters for a Democratic Union
    published this page in News 2018-10-06 13:30:22 -0400
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