UPS Teamsters in Richmond are getting gloves and hand sanitizer thanks to quick thinking by Local 322 members and decisive action by their local union.
Package car driver and Local Union Trustee Anthony Mosby delivers to an auto-supply shop.
Mosby noticed a shipment of disposable work gloves, and acted fast. He contacted his local to let them know a customer had gloves available.
Local 322 bought the gloves and distributed them to members.
“We have relationships with our customers and those relationships can come in handy in a crisis,” said Mosby. “We just have to think outside the box.”
Andre Williams, a 22.3 and shop steward at the Richmond hub, was tired of hearing management’s excuses for not providing hand sanitizer. So he took the initiative himself.
Williams looked up local distilleries and got in contact with one that confirmed they were producing hand sanitizer.
“This is about protecting UPS workers, our families, and the public,” said Local 322 President Brian Peyton.
Members and officers are coordinating across the Joint Council to get PPE and cleaning supplies in the hands of working Teamsters.
“What’s available in Richmond might not be available in Virginia Beach, and vice versa. We’re working together to keep members safe,” said Peyton.