With UPS Contracts in Chaos, Hoffa Heads to Singapore

We still haven’t heard a peep from Hoffa since UPS and UPS Freight Teamsters Voted No. Now, we know why. A few days after the ballot count, Hoffa and his top advisers skipped town for a 10-day trip to Singapore.

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Three agreements covering more than 280,000 at UPS are in chaos since UPS, UPS Freight and UPS aircraft mechanics all Voted No to reject their contracts.

But Hoffa apparently has more pressing issues to attend to. He’s on a 10-day trip to Singapore for sight-seeing and to attend the Congress of the International Transport Workers Federation.

Tagging along are Hoffa’s Executive Assistant Todd Thompson, Organizing Director Jeff Farmer, Communications Director Brett Caldwell, Field Director Christy Bailey, and Ian Gold, the Director of Strategic Research and Campaigns.

We’re all for international labor solidarity. Imagine if our union’s response to the contract rejections was to launch an international Day of Action at UPS. (That actually happened during the 1997 strike!)

But forget real international solidarity. Hoffa doesn’t even believe in solidarity with his own members.  

UPS, UPS Freight Teamsters and UPS aircraft mechanics have Voted No. A fourth group of UPSers, covered under the separate Chicago Local 705 contract, are considering strike action.

In response, seven International Union Vice Presidents called for an emergency meeting of the General Executive Board.

Hoffa’s response? Go radio silent and hop on a plane to Singapore.

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