Upstate and Western NY UPSers Vote No; Hoffa Imposes Contract

UPDATED: Sixty-five percent of UPSers in Upstate and Western New York voted No to reject their supplement for the second time today. The Hoffa administration promptly used the Two-Thirds loophole in the Teamster Constitution to impose the agreement.

Hoffa's UPS Rising website announced the news with the insulting headline, "UPS Teamsters Ratify Upstate and Western New York Supplement." That's just a lie. UPSers rejected the contract. They didn't ratify it. They had it shoved down their throats.

Under the Two-Thirds Rule, Hoffa can impose a contract if under two-thirds of the voters vote No, unless more than half of the eligible members vote. In this case, 65% of the members voted no, and 46% of eligible voters voted.

Across the country, UPSers are organizing to eliminate the two-thirds loophole from the Teamster Constitution at the next IBT Convention, and to build a network to elect new International Union leadership. 

"We're going to keep organizing for change from Albany to Buffalo. UPS is making big money. UPS Teamsters should not be taking concessions, and our own International Union can never again be allowed to impose a contract that's rejected by the members," said Tom Schlutow.

Schlutow, a Chief Steward in Albany Local 294, is part of a group of New York State UPSers who are holding conference calls and organizing meetings to bring UPS Teamsters together for change.

Organizing meetings are being set up in Albany and Buffalo. Contact TDU for more information or call the NY TDU office us at 718-287-3283.


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  • edward martin
    commented 2019-02-09 08:01:13 -0500
    great job by the men and women in upstate ny for sticking together for a fair contract.only to be stab in the back by your union.keep fighting!!!!!
  • Bruce Swearingen
    commented 2019-02-06 08:50:04 -0500

    A name that lives in labor

  • Tammy Andrews
    commented 2019-02-05 19:21:42 -0500
    Ups and the Union are working together
  • Tim Butler
    commented 2019-02-05 19:20:02 -0500
    I was an employee of UPS. I represented the Teamster’s Union at the Democratic National Convention against the trans-pacific partnership. Hoffa is the reason why I quit UPS. They have lower wages than FedEx and similar benefits. I’m not a big proponent of FedEx either but they pay better.
  • Ed Patty
    commented 2019-02-05 19:03:57 -0500
    Hoffa lost in USA , carries Canada. Wins ! How hard is that to figure. Pay back is a Bit:: He will leave you nothing but a joke of a contract!
  • Arlene Modafferi
    followed this page 2019-02-05 19:00:00 -0500
  • Teamsters for a Democratic Union
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