UPSers Elect Vote No Activists to Lead Philadelphia Local 623

Teamsters in Philadelphia Local 623 have overwhelmingly elected Richard Hooker and the #623LivesMatter slate. In a four-way race, Hooker beat the incumbent 547-346. That's a 61% to 39% margin. 


“Today, the members won an election. Tomorrow, we start building a stronger, better union together,” Hooker said. 

Local 623 has 4,000 members. The overwhelming majority work at UPS.

Hooker didn’t start getting active at election time. He’s been organizing non-stop for years.

When Local 623 officers kept members in the dark during contract negotiations, Hooker and other activists passed out UPS Teamsters United contract bulletins and held parking lot rallies.

They united members to Vote No by 55% to reject givebacks like two-tier 22.4 positions and no catch-up pay for part-timers. After Hoffa-Hall and Denis Taylor imposed the contract, members moved from Vote No to voting for change.

“I’ve been organizing to Vote No against givebacks since the beginning. We told people ‘If you want better, vote better,’֫—and we did it!” said Trustee-elect Jumbo Daniels.

Hooker and Local 623 activists have also been building solidarity with other unions at rallies and on picket lines with nurses, Verizon workers, teachers and the Poor People’s Campaign.

“We’re about a labor movement that fights for the members and for all working people,” Hooker said.

Congratulations to UPS Teamsters in Philadelphia Local 623. United, we win!

 

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