Contract Givebacks and How to Stop Them

August 1, 2008: Over the last year, the Hoffa administration has given employers the most concessionary deals in Teamster history.

Now employers are lining up to see how far our union will let them go in violating these contracts. Once again, UPS is leading the charge.

An investigation by Teamster for a Democratic Union has confirmed that UPS is cheating members out of the full-time jobs we won under the 1997 and 2002 contracts.

The contract requires UPS to create and maintain 20,000 good full-time jobs by combining low-wage part-time positions.

The deadline for completing this full-time job creation passed on Aug. 1. But thousands of these jobs were never created or have been eliminated because UPS does not fill many positions that go vacant.

Members are getting involved to make UPS deliver the full-time jobs we were promised.

In 2008, the Hoffa administration gave away record concessions to the biggest Teamster employers, not as a last resort but as its bargaining strategy.

Our report on the 2008 bargaining round explains what happened and why, and most importantly, what we can do about it.

Teamsters for a Democratic Union brings together Teamsters in every jurisdiction to enforce our contracts, stop more corporate takeaways and win stronger agreements in the future.

If you’re concerned about our union’s direction and want to do something about it, get involved today. We can protect what we’ve got, but only if we’re organized.

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