May 1, 2008: New Teamster members at UPS Freight are looking at how to negotiate on work rules and “existing practices.” Under the newly ratified contract, there’s a 60-day window to put pen to paper and agree on how Teamsters will exercise their rights when it comes to day-to-day issues. The clock is ticking.
Members have heard a mix of news on how Article 41 will be sorted out. Many see the effort as negotiating work rules that are intended as local supplements or riders. Some locals and BAs are collecting suggestions and working with members and temporary stewards to put proposals together. Others say it will really be worked out when officers meet in Washington and negotiate rules by region. Still others have had no word on how their issues will be addressed.
UPS Freight Teamsters can use this time to make their voices heard and get proposals to their locals. That’s part of being a Teamster member. Article 41 bargaining can help protect Teamsters’ rights and conditions. Members deserve the right to vote on any new language under Article 41.