March 20, 2008: A Teamster mechanic is a quarter million dollars richer after settling an OSHA whistle-blower complaint at UPS.
Teamster Local 687 member Dan Petersen was fired by UPS after he reported trucks in its Watertown, NY building were unsafe.
Petersen successfully won his job back through his local union and then took on the company for violating federal whistle-blower protections.
According to OSHA, UPS has paid Petersen $254,000 and pledged “not in any way interfere with, coerce or restrain its employees from exercising their rights…”
UPS admitted no wrong-doing, showing it’s easier to get Brown to pay up then to come clean.
Whistle-blower protections protect workers’ rights to report safety and health problems without fear of termination or retaliation.
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