Video: Teamster Officials Sell UPS Contract Deal Before It's Done

Hoffa’s negotiator Denis Taylor has kept the contents of his tentative contract deal with UPS secret, even from the members of his own National Negotiating Committee. But that hasn’t stopped them from selling a contract that is not even finished.

The Hoffa administration and top UPS management reached a handshake agreement on a proposed national contract last Thursday.

The National Negotiating Committee was not included in the final contract talks. They were not even given a copy of the proposed Tentative Agreement. Contract negotiations continue on some supplements. 

But that hasn’t stopped some officials from selling the contract before negotiations are finished.

In Southern California, National Negotiating Committee members Ron Herrera and Abel Garcia issued copy-cat scripted statements attacking members who are oppose givebacks as “anti-union.”

Please be aware that there will be outside anti-union groups recommending a no vote on the UPS contract without seeing the terms of the final contract. Thank you for giving your Union Negotiation Committee the support that we need to complete all negotiations before you decide how you vote.”

Their advice about waiting before deciding how to vote is a little hard to take seriously when Garcia is already out telling drivers that this contract is “one of the best contracts in the last 15 years.”

Danny Montalvo of New York Local 804 is another member of the National Negotiating Committee who is selling the contract before it’s finished.

The Local 804 Supplement is still being negotiated. But that didn’t stop Montalvo from pitching two-tier Hybrid Drivers and announcing that, “We’re going to take it. We’re going to run with it.”

Montalvo explains why more full-time jobs is a good idea for part-timers and our pension funds. But he never gives a single reason why UPS should be allowed to pay Hybrid Drivers $6 an hour less to deliver ground packages.

The International Union should end the information brownout so Teamster members at UPS can scrutinize the proposed national contract, discuss its pros and cons, and make an informed decision.

In the meantime, members of the National Negotiating Committee should stop selling a contract that isn’t finished.  

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  • Travis Hatler
    commented 2018-06-28 17:23:34 -0400
    10 years ago, they handed us a garbage contract and said that because the economy was in the tank, we had to bend over and think of England. Isn’t the economy booming now? Didn’t UPS and companies like them just get a massive tax cut? Where’s our slice of the pie?

    I’m in Local 710. When we voted down a contract, we were told that TeamCare was here to stay and that we should stop fighting it or risk our backpay. No unity, no support, just strongarm tactics and vague threats.

    UPS Teamsters have the power to vote Hoffa and his cronies out. Do they court us, show us respect, fight for our vote? NO. They weaken us at every turn to maintain their stranglehold.

    Brothers and Sisters, UNITE!
  • Ronald Montgomery
    commented 2018-06-27 15:12:47 -0400
    Appeal the bogus contract to the General Executive Board as stated in the IBT Constitution then they cannot ratify the contract. The go after the officers who failed to fight for a good contract from the Billion dollar profit company.
  • Helmut Mlynsky
    commented 2018-06-27 14:36:19 -0400
    I’ve been a Teamster for 28 years and a steward for 15. The tidbit that has been released is a joke! isnt it funny how part timers outnumber full timers 2-1 so they release a change that allows pt to make $20 an hr to start driving. What we need to realize is UPS is going to deliver 7 days a week! Using “hybrid drivers” will cost them $160 a day compared to $560 using senior drivers. since when does seniority not matter anymore? The $4.15 raise over 5 yrs? hmmm UPS record profits yet lowest raises in over 25 yrs? And finally, read the starting wage change for part timers very carefully and do some math. Anyone with 5 years or less of service will be boosted to $13 hr immediately, cool right? well the starting wage will increase every year until it hits $15 hr, therefore those with 5yrs of service will make just a few pennies more than a new hire for the next 4 years! You knew when they announced it was closed door negotiations that we were sold out again!!!! These negotiations were done before they ever walked into the room. Its all been a dog and pony show to try and appease the membership. Does anyone actually think Jimmy jr. will call for a strike? Hell the hybrid driver was his proposal. when the vote returns a no they will agree on an extension then our fearless leaders will accept a BS agreement without sending it to the rank and file to vote on!
  • Martin Labut
    commented 2018-06-26 22:08:17 -0400
    The 22.4 position is not the only thing wrong with this CBA ; there are many other issues (harassment, trumped up dishonest, raises that barely keep pace with inflation, etc.) but I will address the hybrid monster.

    The last thing we want is for UPS to take away our right to extra work and OT. Many drivers do not want hybrids working 60-70 hours while all FT drivers are limited to 40 hours per week. Some drivers need or want the OT.

    When UPS and the Teamsters extended the seasonal period in our area a few years ago; language was included that protected the FT drivers right to OT and extra work. It is below. Actual language agreed to by UPS and the Teamsters.

    #4. All Full Time Drivers will be offered all available hours up to twelve (12) hours a day. The Company will continue to honor Drivers who have 9.5 grievances on record. #7. Once all Regular Full Time Drivers and Air Drivers are offered work, the company will have the right to use Part Time Employees and outside hires who worked as seasonal employees.

    The above language protects drivers who want OT and drivers who don’t want it.

    If this garbage 2 tier hybrid position goes thru; language like that above must be included. Hybrid driver needs to be added to the language as does our right to work available hours up to 14 hours per day and 70 hours per week.
  • Ronald Montgomery
    commented 2018-06-26 18:22:24 -0400
    If those who I have talked with over the years would take the time to listen understand and use the IBT constitution bylaws to prevent this contract from being ratified then they would finally prove to the members that they are being represented. I am a member of the first Union Hoffa began to destroy and no one has gotten so far. The official in strong Unions need to help those Hoffa is ruining and stop what he is doing with UPS as well as other crafts. He used our craft to blueprint the demise of the IBT. Remove the elitists and put the working men not boys who understand what a Union is about. Creating a labor force that is for the long term career for its members not their friends family members and anti union employees. Change fast and change now. Remove those officers from the top down by their failure under oath of office to act in the best interests of all the members not the select few. The IDO Joint Coucil
    won’t and the government agencies are bought off or anti union.
  • Bill Kook
    commented 2018-06-26 17:07:04 -0400
  • edward martin
    commented 2018-06-26 08:30:26 -0400
    this deal sounds so good i think i will unretire!!!!!!
  • Bill Kook
    commented 2018-06-25 23:04:15 -0400
    fucking pos ups teamsters are smarter than that
  • Robert Jewels
    commented 2018-06-25 22:56:45 -0400
    Where is the protection language? Where is the harassment language? Where is the cardinal sin language?

    The company walks Shop Stewards and drivers out at will from coast to coast for petty bullshit that they call “dishonesty”

    When will we get help?
  • Edgar Villa
    commented 2018-06-25 20:00:41 -0400
    That was bullshit, Instead of the $15 raise they came up with $13, so I wonder how much are they going to raise me since i been working at Ups for 2 years now. I don’t want to be breaking my back everyday for minimum wage …
  • Bruce Swearingen
    commented 2018-06-25 15:12:59 -0400
    Two- tier…the top of the slippery slope to financial ruin for all but the Sociopaths
  • Teamsters for a Democratic Union
    published this page in News 2018-06-25 14:36:27 -0400

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