Campaign Stops 250 Firings at UPS in New York

April 9, 2014: UPS is rescinding the terminations of all 250 drivers according to a report posted by Teamsters Local 804.

The Union has also won the reinstatement of Jairo Reyes, the 24-year driver whose firing in violation of the grievance procedure led to a 90-minute walkout by Local 804 members on Feb. 26.

The Local 804 website reports that “All the terminations will be reduced to 10-day suspensions.” The union also agreed to pay undisclosed monetary damages to UPS.

When the company refused to come to the table to negotiate a settlement, Local 804 unleashed a community support campaign. 

They collected more than 125,000 signatures on support petitions from Teamster members and public supporters.

Elected officials stood behind the Union and threatened to pull $60 million in contracts and deals that UPS has with the City and State.

Fired drivers reached out to their customers who spoke out on camera and in the press.  UPS was flooded with thousands of phone calls and Facebook messages.

The grassroots mobilization brought UPS back to the table. 

Ken Hall visited with fired drivers at Maspeth on Tuesday and mediated negotiations between Local 804 and the company on Wednesday.

UPS executives had insisted the firings were a done deal. Local 804 members proved otherwise by staying united, taking their case to the public, and mobilizing support. 

For more information, go to www.teamsterslocal804.org

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