A Substandard Deal at UPS Freight

September 28, 2010: “We were committed to providing the best contract we could for these workers and we have achieved that.”

- Ken Hall, May-June 2008 Teamster magazine.

“Our contract is a big disappointment. Ken Hall told us this was the best we could get. It’s not much given what we expected from the Teamsters.”

- G.W. Owensby, UPS Freight, Local 41, Kansas City

At the 2006 Teamster Convention, Hoffa announced he had a deal to bring 15,000 UPS Freight Teamsters into our union. He got a huge cheer from the crowd.

But the high hopes have not been met.

Hoffa didn’t mention that their contract would be a substandard white paper contract without Teamster benefits. And he didn’t mention that he secretly agreed to let UPS pull 44,000 Teamsters out of the Central States Pension Plan.

Contract enforcement has been weak at best: work rules promised in Article 41 have not materialized. Subcontracting protections of Article 44 have not been enforced, so Teamster jobs have been lost.

The promises have now been replaced by excuses.

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