UPS Teamsters United in the Green Mountain State

Fed up with dangerous working conditions, rank-and-file Teamsters in Vermont Local 597 took action and won results.

COVID-19 is the most dangerous health and safety crisis we've ever faced. But you never would have known it from the conditions at UPS in Vermont.

"We had no masks and no hand sanitizer. We didn't even have paper towels or hand soap in the bathroom," said package driver Mike Yalicki. 

After getting nowhere with her center manager, shop steward Marge Harvey took action.

Harvey contacted OSHA and went over her boss’s head to the head of safety for her district and the District Labor Manager. The pressure paid off. After weeks of being stuck in neutral, suddenly the wheels started moving. 

Starting yesterday, UPSers were given sanitizer, gloves and masks. The bathrooms are now stocked with paper towels and hand soap. DIADs are being wiped down and distributed outside the building to avoid crowding. 

Management is taking other measures to increase social distancing, including spacing out shifts. Drivers don't enter the building until after the belt is stopped and the preloaders have exited. 

"Being a Teamster means standing together and looking out for one another," Harvey said. "I wasn't afraid to blow the whistle because I knew other rank-and-file members would have my back."

By taking action together, working Teamsters made UPS deliver improvements in the Green Mountain State.

Does Management Need a Push in Your Building?

Is your building unsafe and unsanitary? Contact TDU and UPS Teamsters United. We’re a grassroots network of Teamsters helping Teamsters.

We can’t solve COVID-19. But we can give you advice on your rights and help you take action to hold management accountable using tools like grievances, OSHA, and union solidarity.

Click here to stay connected, get advice and get involved.

Get Advice Join TDU Donate

Recent News

Yellow Trims Losses: Best Quarter in Six Years

Yellow Corporation released its first quarter financials on May 10. The company shows strong improvement but is still not profitable. Yellow’s overall operating ratio of 99.3 percent is 3 percent better than a year ago, but well below other LTL carriers, including ABF and TForce.

 

Sysco Profits Up

Sysco Corp announced its quarterly financial report on May 10, with profits and revenue both up dramatically since last year.  Profits for the quarter were $303.33 million, up from $88.9 million last year. Revenue rose 43% from $11.8 billion to $16.9 billion.

View More News Posts