The IBT is serving up an insulting “last best and final” offer from UPS Freight for a vote to be conducted by Local Unions on November 9-10-11 with in-person voting. The offer contains zero improvements in the wage proposal, where a five-year tiny increase would cause wages to fall far behind inflation. It offers no real improvement in the subcontracting language.
The changes made in this offer are token: they maintain the existing 1500-hour per year qualifier for a full pension credit, and 156-day qualifier for full vacation benefits.
The Hoffa administration’s memo and the proposal can be found here.
Will this turd be accepted? The Hoffa administration admits they cannot sell it, so they are resorting to scare tactics; they claim the company says “there is no more money to be had” and try to scare members with a potential strike.
“No more money to be had” is a lie. Just yesterday UPS announced their quarterly earnings. It stated that “UPS Freight revenue is up 11.4% on strong pricing and tonnage growth” and that the UPS Freight and Supply Chain Division made a profit of $260 million for 3rd quarter, up 33.3% over last year.
UPS management does not want a strike, shutting down their entire freight operation. The strike threat is our weapon to win real bargaining gains.
Let’s say no to the scare tactics and yes to solidarity. And win job protections against subcontracting and wage gains that keep up with inflation.