A clear majority of UPS Teamsters voted for a new direction and an end to concessions at Brown. But Hoffa has named Ken Hall’s lieutenant Sean O’Brien to lead the Package Division.
When Hoffa put O’Brien in charge of UPS contract supplements in 2013, UPS Teamsters voted no to reject 18 supplements--regional and local agreements that cover issues not dealt with in the national contract.
Eighteen contract supplements covering 63 percent of UPS Teamsters were rejected in 2013. Three of the supplements were ultimately imposed on the members after they voted no by as much as 94 percent.
In Hoffa’s world, that kind of performance qualifies you for a promotion. So today, Sean O’Brien was named by Hoffa to lead the Teamsters Package Division and to be the union’s chief negotiator for the 2018 national master contract.
The overwhelming majority of UPS Teamsters voted for the Fred Zuckerman Teamsters United slate in the International Union election. But Hoffa has chosen one of the chief architects of the UPS deals that were roundly rejected by the members in 2013.
Harassment is out of control at UPS and management is walking all over the members. UPSers can’t afford more of the same, but that’s just what O’Brien is promising. In the press release announcing his appointment, O’Brien praised Hoffa and Hall and promised to “work closely with them as we develop our contract strategy.”
“O’Brien’s appointment is a clear message to UPS Teamsters that if we want improvements, not more concessions, we need to be organized and ready to fight for our issues,” said Nick Perry, a UPS package steward from Columbus Local 413 and a member of the TDU Steering Committee.
TDU and Teamsters United will work together to organize a national campaign to make sure members’ voices are heard. It’s our contract—and we’ll fight for it.