May 9, 2007: The IBT has the power to keep Teamsters in the dark about UPS bargaining—and they’re doing it.
But the final say on early negotiations lies in the hands of working Teamster.
UPS Teamsters have more power than many of us realize. We have the power to Vote No and reject an early contract if Hoffa and Hall settle short.
In 2002, they sold us a weak agreement as the Best Contract Ever and we’re still paying the price. We can’t let that happen again.
There’s no reason to accept an early deal if it’s a weak one. Our bargaining power will only increase with time, because management is under pressure from shippers and stockholders to settle early.
With the pressure on UPS, why should we vote to give them an early deal unless we get the better benefits and stronger contract protections we need?
Organized Members Have the Power
We have the power to vote down a weak contract. And we have the power to vote down regional supplements too if they don’t adequately deal with working condition issues.
To effectively use this power, we need to be informed and organized. TDU is building a national network so that UPS Teamsters can share information if and when an early deal is reached.
Our IBT negotiators are keeping us in the dark. But working together, we have the power to win the contract we deserve. Be a part of it. Visit www.makeupsdeliver.org and contact TDU today.