UPS Imposes 70-Hour Week

UPS has imposed new work rules that could force exhausted drivers to work up to 70 hours a week during peak. Drivers deserve a strong union response, not another Hoffa surrender.


UPSers are already working brutal peak season hours and delivering record volume.  Now, UPS has unilaterally imposed a new method of calculating hours of service so they can force overworked drivers to work even more.


Under DOT rules, the 70-hours-in-8-days hours of service method means that drivers can legally drive up to 70 hours per week in any 8-day period.

The DOT rules have a loophole called the 34-hour reset rule. Anytime a driver is off for 34 hours, then the work-week resets and a new 8-day period begins.

UPS plans to use this loophole to force drivers in some areas to work a sixth punch on Saturday, and to force all drivers to work up to 70 hours in a week until January 14 (the end of peak).

Without the 34-hour reset, a driver could only work a maximum of 70 hours over an eight-day period—a big difference.

Hoffa Surrenders, Betrays the Members

UPS imposed the Hours of Service change without warning and without negotiating with the union. The issue never came up in peak season talks.

But Hoffa’s Package Division just went along. They issued a weak memo from Denis Taylor and gave UPS the green light to abuse the workforce.

It didn’t have to be this way. By law and by contract, the International could demand that UPS negotiate before making this change.   

The IBT could also refuse to recognize the 34-hour restart rule for package drivers. The Freight Division refused to recognize the 34-hour restart rule at ABF, Yellow or Roadway in 2004.

If the Parcel Division took this stand, then package drivers would run out of hours if they worked more than 70 hours in any 8-day period. That would cap average daily hours at 11.66 hours a day.

Instead, Hoffa’s Package Division rolled over and punted the issue to be dealt with by each Area Supplement.

New England Teamsters immediately objected. UPS management backed off and sent the following DIAD message to drivers. Drivers need to demand this response from the IBT and UPS nationwide. 


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  • William Carman
    commented 2017-12-19 17:43:12 -0500
    Thank god there is someone thinking in our union, this 70 hour rule is designed to increase accidents so UPS can more quickly replace drivers with robots.
    Our union dies now in five years, not ten.
  • Chris Lione
    commented 2017-12-05 01:59:53 -0500
  • Scott Kendall
    commented 2017-12-04 09:10:54 -0500
    UPS needs to build out is buildings and staff to accommodate the new internet shopping, but, it won’t. Instead, it will do what it always does, pile it on the backs of its workers, who, they have nothing but disdain for. If you should get injured then it will be your fault for not following one of its thousands of methods and procedures. At UPS its FU and go and get your lawyers.
  • David Field
    commented 2017-12-03 22:33:24 -0500
    No 34 hours restart. Let the DOT work those hours and do a 34 hour restart on them ! When you quite out of exhaustion then they will hire a new person cheaper. Merry Christmas UPS & The DOT.
  • Richard Linville
    commented 2017-12-03 22:03:35 -0500
    This is crap. Why the hell do we even have a union. In South Carolina They donas they please. I can’t wait till August first I’m voting no on anything they present. WTH.
  • Stuart Malcolm
    commented 2017-12-03 21:39:20 -0500
    30 hours of overtime in an 8 day period. UPS just wants to put you into the 1%. Oh and don’t blame Republicans, You are in California land of Democrat lunacy.
  • Gary Barlow
    commented 2017-12-03 21:34:12 -0500
    This is exactly what you get when you have a republican administration in DC makes me wonder how many good union members sank to the level to vote for republican. You need to jerk up on national labor leaders like maybe a decrease in dues
  • Jack Bubenick
    followed this page 2017-12-03 19:02:18 -0500
  • Leslie Foster
    commented 2017-12-03 18:33:03 -0500
    Michael Gribble, it’s not fake media. I work for UPS in Florida and Friday the package car drivers and feeder drivers were just given the green light to work 70 hours.
  • Deborah Walters
    commented 2017-12-03 10:44:49 -0500
    I just worked 70 hours with no HELPER and only given one day off Monday will start another 6 day 70 hour week
  • Keith Waters
    commented 2017-12-03 09:57:08 -0500
    Michael Gribble tell that to the drivers who are being forced against the contract to work a 6th day and face discipline if they are fatigued after working 55-60 hours. It already happened yesterday. So it’s not fake news here in NY
  • Barry Shaulis
    commented 2017-12-03 00:36:59 -0500
    I am a retired driver. No one at UPS cares about you, your safety, your fatigue, your wellbeing or your danger to other. Its all about survival, your paycheck and pension. Slow down and play the game, survive any way you can, one day at a time. Every day is hell but you get paid well.
  • Michael Gribble
    commented 2017-12-02 23:15:54 -0500
    Wow…you all are really naive enough to believe this? Talk about fake media…you all should find something more important to talk about. It almost sounds like you all might be coming up on an election year and someone is looking to trump your Hoffa.
  • Alicia Lawrence
    commented 2017-12-02 23:03:42 -0500
    To Margaret all the delivery companies are working their employees like this not just UPS. I don’t think it’s greedy on the company behalf it’s people who choose how to ship and/or have their packages shipped to them. I just think the 70 HOUR work week was not well thought out.
  • Tom Sims
    commented 2017-12-02 22:19:55 -0500
    simple 70 hours of sitting behind the wheel is also not the same as a delivery driver who also has to do heavy lifting the lifting is heavy that other workers only doing said lifting can only be required to work 4 hours a day so max out with 8 hours and have any of this heavy lifting seems like it should be a volition drivers should only be allowed 6 hours because of the heavy lifting unless their helper does all the lifting then to have a 8 hour shift would be doable since they will not be doing that heavy lifting constantly
  • Maj Jam
    commented 2017-12-02 22:09:24 -0500
    Corporate greed at its highest level!!!!!!!
  • Margaret Collier
    commented 2017-12-02 21:53:46 -0500
    UPS, a greedy company?! Do they not care about the higher risks for accidents due to drivers being overworked rendering excessive fatigue? This says UPS doesn’t value the lives of their employees and their families nor do they value the lives of the public, their customers. Why do we choose to give this flaming pompous company more and more business? Why not Federal Express or the USPS? There may be even more. Amazon has been testing its own delivery service, Seller Flex. It grieves me that UPS irresponsibly extorts their faithful, loyal employees without shame or remorse. And what’s up with Hoffa? Has UPS bought them so that they don’t defend their union members? It’s SICK that UPS seems to care more about money than their employees. Without those great employees, UPS wouldn’t exist.
  • Brent Toone
    commented 2017-12-02 20:26:10 -0500
    Glad I got out when I did. Crappiest company i’ve ever worked for. Typical international corporate abusing the workforce with false promises of safety first and brainwashing. Seriously do not work for UPS, they really are WANK!!!!
  • Carmen Gary Kinard
    commented 2017-12-02 19:29:11 -0500
    Brother Waters,
    The rule is always;
    Work first. Grieve after.
  • Keith Waters
    commented 2017-12-02 18:37:17 -0500
    And we’ve been maxed out at 60 hours per week for years past.
  • Keith Waters
    commented 2017-12-02 18:36:12 -0500
    Pamela Taylor I’m a driver presently here in NY. Hoffa and the local just told every driver that if they are instructed to work a 6th day that they MUST WORK and file a grievance which will be heard months from now. The contract clearly states that it is illegal. But now we must work and go against the contract.
  • Pamela Taylor
    commented 2017-12-02 18:15:41 -0500
    My Ex is a UPS driver. Christmas eve he would come home around 11:45 PM after leaving at 6:30 AM that morning.
    Work weeks are over 70 hours for most drivers during this time. The drivers helpers usually quit about three days before Christmas Eve. Don’t blame them they are paid a crappy wage promised all of these hours. Then the managers tell the drivers you can only have a helper for 3 hours today. Last year they called all the drivers in had them punch out so they didn’t go over the 70 hours. Then had the supervisors drive and made the drivers run more packages. This was done a few times during the 2 weeks before Christmas!!
    Hoffa sucks! But more importantly the drivers that have no clue thah this is illegal! You must read and infource your contract.
    For the record busy season starts in September with back to school,ect then it slows down after Valentine’s day. Don’t forget returns and gift cards cause another surge after Christmas.
    Yet the helper only works from cyber monday till they quit or 🎅eve.
    Also UPS doesn’t do any drug testing after your hired unless they get in an accident. Sad to see how many are smoking pot or drinking the night before or on the way to work.
    At my ex’s old building someone was selling cocaine to the other employees. Very shocking to see how UPS talks out of both sides of their mouth. Most of the drivers have substance abuse and the divorce rate is very high because you will be alone and a single parent mon-fri .
  • Lew Crump
    commented 2017-12-02 14:44:39 -0500
    I believe New York State has a seven day law/rule labor law that supersedes this rule…
  • Judy Stedman
    commented 2017-12-02 14:13:48 -0500
    Exhausted workers cannot give attention to regular customers who are the bread & butter of ups, peak season kills the ability to do the job performance ups needs. Ruins the spirit of anyone trying to do a good job. If the company doesn’t care about your heath & welfare, should you care about them??
  • Chris Wood
    commented 2017-12-02 08:40:36 -0500
    No good!
  • Alicia Lawrence
    commented 2017-12-02 08:32:25 -0500
    Hey I am.wondering has anyone at UPS thought about the danger it puts their drivers in walking up knocking on someone door after 7pm and a person doing them harm and use the reason as they was scared for their life so they reacted? Yes I understand you think about your customers but think about the situations you could be placing your drivers in.
  • Teamsters for a Democratic Union
    published this page in News 2017-12-01 20:24:35 -0500

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