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Does UPS Hide Hazardous Accidents?

UPS Teamsters are familiar with the image of managers scurrying to cover logos on UPS trucks to prevent the public and media knowing that a UPS vehicle was involved in an accident. Could UPS be applying the same secrecy to incidents involving hazardous materials in an effort to skirt federal reporting requirements? An investigation indicates that UPS in 2004 failed to properly report a number of incidents, including one involving a serious fire: On June...

New Threats and Opportunities

UPS purchase of nonunion Overnite Transportation for $1.25 billion marks a new era of industry consolidation and poses a grave threat to UPS and freight Teamsters, and to the security of our pensions. But the purchase also presents the best opportunity in a long time for the Teamsters to reassert ourselves as a major force in the transportation industry. We need to seize that opportunity. The New Trucking Industry The UPS-Overnite combination is the face...

Now’s the Time to Organize Overnite

“We are hopeful that UPS long history as a company with Teamster representation will create new opportunities for Overnite workers to achieve their goals in the workplace.” —James Hoffa, May 16 IBT statement on UPS-Overnite “The Teamsters will never rest until workplace justice is a reality for our brave brothers and sisters at Overnite.” —James Hoffa, August 2001 Teamster Magazine Which is it, Mr. Hoffa: Hoping management will do the right thing, or promising a...

UPS + Overnite = Danger Ahead

UPS today is not the same company many higher seniority Teamsters went to work for: First air freight, then global reach, technology, logistics. The biggest single change is about to happen: UPS’ conversion to a full-service freight carrier. In the links below, we examine the consequences of this change, and what we can do to turn it to our advantage. If our union fails to take that step, we could pay a big price. Consider...

Retaliation Overturned

On October 1, 1998, “UPS told me to get out of here and don’t come back,” relates preloader Paul Stimpson. The wheels of justice grind slowly, but after seven years the courts have ordered UPS to put Stimpson back to work. The exact details remain to be worked out, but Stimpson will get very considerable back pay. On May 18, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled, “We find substantial evidence that Stimpson was terminated...
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Getting Part-Timers Involved: an interview with Local 804 steward Kioma Forero

January 8, 2015: Stewards in your building have had a lot of success in winning grievances and getting more members involved. How do you do it?   A lot of our organizing is done from our parking lot meetings held every other Thursday and Friday.   What do you do at the parking lot meetings?   The topics depend on what the most important issues are at work that week. One week it could be management cracking down on attendance, another it...

Teamster “Orphans” Face Uncertain Future

January 8, 2015: The budget bill passed in December includes changes to pension law that will allow the Central States to make cuts to so called “orphans” like me. And there are many thousands of freight, carhaul, construction, warehouse, and other Teamsters just like me.   They label us “orphans” because some corporation closed up, despite our hard work.   Most current and retired freight Teamsters have worked for one or more companies since deregulation hit in 1980. I started out as a dump truck driver...
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