The new UPS contract is now in effect for five years. This whole ugly process has exposed the need for new leadership and a new direction in our International Union.
Hoffa’s Package Division ratified the contract after a clear majority voted No, by using the two-thirds rule. They used the same loophole to impose a number of supplements.
UPS Teamsters can stop this from ever happening again, but only if we work together.
The Vote No movement proved that a majority of us want change. We won’t stop organizing until we have a union that fights for us. Here are three next steps for UPSers in 2019.
1) Elect Teamsters Who Will Stand Up to UPS
UPSers are moving from Vote No to vote them out. More members are running for office in local unions this fall and next year. Contact TDU for information and advice.
2) Close the Two-Thirds Loophole for Good
TDU and UPS Teamsters United will also work to repeal the two-thirds rule in the IBT constitution, so that it can never be used again to impose givebacks.
The Teamster Constitution can be amended at the next Teamster Convention and every local union will hold an election to choose their Convention Delegates.
3) New Leadership at the IBT
We will also organize for the International Union election which starts next year.
We are getting ready now by holding local get-togethers of UPSers who Voted No to talk about how we can organize for change.
We will meet this fall at the TDU Convention to discuss endorsing candidates for International Union office.