The strong No vote delivered a message to UPS Freight management. Our leadership may be cozy with you – but we want a good contract. This is our chance to win the contract we deserve.
The IBT announced today that they have cancelled the contract extension, effective November 12. After that date, it would be legal for a strike to begin.
We need to call on Hoffa and the negotiating committee to use the threat of a strike as leverage in bargaining – not as a ploy against members to undermine solidarity. We expect the Hoffa administration to use scare tactics to get us to settle short. But if the company sees the resolve of working Teamsters – like the solid NO vote - our unity sends a firm message. Management dreads the prospect of a strike and that message getting out to shippers.
A credible strike threat, including the IBT and our union locals making preparations over the next few weeks, will be heard loud and clear by the company. Sending that message gives us the power to win reasonable demands at the bargaining table.
- An end to subcontracting, not phony language that perpetuates it.
- Raises that keep up with 3% inflation, not chump change.
- Restoration of the language on benefits that was given up.
- A grievance procedure that is fair.
Our time is now. The power is in our hands.
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