May 16, 2013: The Local 89 UPS stewards, representing 9,300 Teamsters at the Worldport air hub and various other UPS buildings in Louisville, today voted unanimously to recommend rejection of the UPS contract and the Central Region Supplement.
The stewards backed the Local 89 Executive Board in their Vote No recommendation.
The stewards pored over the agreement line-by-line for over four hours, and found little to support and lots of bad language. Stewards who were on-duty at the time of the 9:00 a.m. meeting were given union business leave to attend.
The healthcare giveback, and vague information about the new coverage, was a major concern. But there were many others, including the insufficient changes in harassment, 9.5, Surepost and technology language.
The Central Supplement also got a cold reaction from Local 89 stewards. Throughout the Central Region, members have been unimpressed with the proposed Supplement's failure to improve the grievance procedure or prevent the company's use of "all other serious offenses" language as a catch-all to unfairly fire Teamsters.
The Louisville Air Rider is not settled and the union and the company remain far apart.