An Open Letter to DHL Teamsters

August 23, 2007: Brothers and Sisters,

I am a DHL driver and union committeeman in Pittsburgh Local 249. DHL Teamsters in our local are STRONGLY opposed to any negotiations with the goal of taking DHL out of the NMFA. When we got word that this may be in the works, we shifted into high gear to organize against it.

Thankfully, we gathered a lot of support from other DHL Teamsters around the country who understand the importance of being in a national master contract. Our opposition was heard loud and clear in Washington and the substandard “draft language” was rejected as a starting point for negotiations. This was a great victory for DHL Teamsters.

But is this sham contract dead? DHL still has their bargaining agenda and we need ours. We won round one but now the next fight must be fought. Two things need to happen: Brad Slawson needs to be removed from the bargaining team and DHL stewards need to be in on the negotiations!

What does Brad Slawson know about DHL? He doesn’t even represent a station. He participated in talks with DHL for months with that terrible draft language as the basis for the meetings. That’s no lead negotiator.

Stewards can make a difference. They have the insight into the operations of DHL and know the day-to-day struggles of working Teamsters. They will keep the membership informed and unified.

We need DHL Teamsters to tell your local officials, reps, and Brother Hoffa:

  • Keep us in the NMFA. Bring DHL white paper contracts into that agreement.
  • Bring DHL stewards on to the bargaining team.
  • Remove Brad Slawson as chief negotiator and name a local officer who represents DHL Teamsters under the NMFA.

A unified membership can win a fair and decent contract. That takes organization. Go to www.dhlteamsterforum.com and become part of the network. Together we can win our fair share from this billion-dollar corporation.

Keep the heat on!

Mark Woods, Local 249
DHL, Pittsburgh

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