Hoffa-Hall’s Massacre of Right to Vote on Contracts

Hoffa and Hall have implemented the UPS contract, including concessionary supplements and riders that were overwhelmingly rejected by Teamster members.

According to an International Union memorandum, the UPS contract, including all supplements and riders, will go into effect on April 25 and the new Teamcare health coverage will take effect on June 1.

In the memorandum, the National Negotiating Committee repeats Ken Hall’s cover story: that the only issue holding up the rejected supplements is TeamCare. This is just a lie.

The Louisville Air Rider was rejected by a 94% No Vote because UPS’s second offer was even worse than its first offer and left unaddressed a whole series of pressing local issues: from members being forced to work off the clock to full-time jobs. (See Why Did Louisville Vote No?)

Of course, it is true that members in Louisville, Philadelphia, and Western Pa opposed cuts in health benefits, but that was just one of several issues at stake.

The International Union could easily have settled the supplements by telling UPS to bargain over the outstanding local issues. Instead, Hoffa and Hall have sided with the company and forced through concessions as political payback against the leadership of Louisville Local 89 and Vote No Teamsters.

Led by TDU, Teamster members fought for and won the Right to Vote on supplements and riders at the 1991 IBT Constitutional Convention to stop employers from imposing concessions in supplements and riders by pushing through a contract nationally.

Now Hoffa and Hall have overridden members’ Right to Vote. They claim that Article 12 of the IBT Constitution gives them the right to do it. That is a another lie. Article 12 has no such language.

Documents available: The IBT’s Memorandum of LiesThe IBT Letter to Members; the IBT “Talking Points” for officialsThe IBT Posting.

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Why Did Louisville Vote No?

The Louisville Worldport Air Supplement “final offer” from UPS management was rejected by a whopping 94% last week. That’s Teamster solidarity.

Why are the members there so united for a better contract?

Thousands of Teamsters at the Worldport are forced to work for free, up to 30 minutes or even an hour a day. They have to wait for a shuttle at the huge airport complex to get to their work station, before they clock in, then do the same at the end of the shift.

The shuttle system is inadequate and Teamsters, many of them underpaid part-timers, are the ones paying the price.

Local 89 members are also fighting for more full-time combo jobs. The Worldport employs more low-wage part-timers than any UPS hub in the country. UPS agreed to create more full-time jobs in other supplements, and Local 89 is demanding a reasonable number.

The company is counting on the International Union to force through a bad contract in Louisville as political payback because Local 89 President Fred Zuckerman has been a vocal critic of Hoffa and Hall.

At stake is a contract covering nearly 9000 Teamsters who are getting the shaft from UPS. Teamster politics needs to take a back seat.

Some Teamster officials have started a whisper campaign that Local 89 is “holding up the national contract” to continue a lost battle over healthcare. It’s true that Local 89 has called for enhancements in Teamcare coverage, so no members suffer any benefit reduction. But that is just one of several issues on the table.

UPS can easily settle the remaining supplements and ratify the national contract by bargaining over reasonable union demands.

When it comes to dealing with the company, all Teamsters should stand as one.

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Louisville UPS Teamsters: 94% say No

Louisville UPS Teamsters today voted No on the Louisville Air Supplement by a margin of 2,804 – 185, a whopping 94% No vote.

We call upon Hoffa and Hall to change course and back these Teamsters in their righteous stand for contract improvements: more full-time jobs, pay for all time worked, and no concessions on health care benefits.

Congratulations to Local 89 members and officers who are united for a good contract.

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Daily News: UPS Backs Down, Rehires 250 Drivers

NYC’s highest-circulation newspaper reports that after refusing to back down from its decision to terminate 250 drivers, UPS agreed to give them back their jobs. The Atlanta-based company faced criticism for its stance, but then reached an agreement with the union to re-hire the drivers.

Click here to read the full article at the NY Daily News.

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Campaign Stops 250 Firings at UPS in New York

UPS is rescinding the terminations of all 250 drivers according to a report posted by Teamsters Local 804.

The Union has also won the reinstatement of Jairo Reyes, the 24-year driver whose firing in violation of the grievance procedure led to a 90-minute walkout by Local 804 members on Feb. 26.

The Local 804 website reports that “All the terminations will be reduced to 10-day suspensions.” The union also agreed to pay undisclosed monetary damages to UPS.

When the company refused to come to the table to negotiate a settlement, Local 804 unleashed a community support campaign.

They collected more than 125,000 signatures on support petitions from Teamster members and public supporters.

Elected officials stood behind the Union and threatened to pull $60 million in contracts and deals that UPS has with the City and State.

Fired drivers reached out to their customers who spoke out on camera and in the press. UPS was flooded with thousands of phone calls and Facebook messages.

The grassroots mobilization brought UPS back to the table.

Ken Hall visited with fired drivers at Maspeth on Tuesday and mediated negotiations between Local 804 and the company on Wednesday.

UPS executives had insisted the firings were a done deal. Local 804 members proved otherwise by staying united, taking their case to the public, and mobilizing support.

For more information, go to www.teamsterslocal804.org

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UPS Faces Backlash in NYC

UPS has threatened 250 Local 804 members with termination. But politicians and the public are calling on the company to make a U-turn.

On Feb. 26, UPS fired a union activist in violation of the grievance procedure. Two hundred fifty Local 804 members walked off the job in protest. UPS issued notices of termination notices to all of them.

The company’s actions have drawn the ire of political leaders and the public.

On March 21, elected officials rallied with Local 804 members and delivered over 100,000 petition signatures to UPS management.

A resolution has been introduced to the City Council calling on UPS to revoke the terminations and settle the dispute with Teamsters Local 804.

U.S. Congressional Reps and State Senators and Assembly Members have issued support statements and contacted UPS management.

Elected officials point out that UPS does over $40 million in business annually with the City of New York and New York State and gets a $15 million break every year from the City in reduced fines on traffic tickets.

City Council leaders say they will call on UPS management to appear at an upcoming hearing and elected officials have called a Press Conference to press the case on the steps of City Hall.

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Will Hoffa and Hall Try to Impose the UPS Contract?

Hoffa and Hall are considering a secret plan to impose the UPS contract by taking away members’ Right to Vote on the rejected supplements.

UPS Teamsters in Louisville, Philadelphia, and Western Pennsylvania have Voted No and rejected their supplements.

Now Hoffa and Hall are considering a plan to take away their right to vote and impose the UPS contract.

Teamster members won the right to vote on supplements and riders in 1991 and have used that right in record numbers this year. UPS Teamsters rejected 18 supplements and riders, covering most of the country.

The Vote No movement paid off and forced Hoffa and Hall to improve TeamCare benefits, and won other improvements in some supplements.

Since then, Ken Hall has worked hand-in-glove with management to vote and re-vote the rejected supplements to get them passed.

But members in three areas have held out against concessions and for improvements in their supplements: Louisville, Western Pennsylvania, and Philadelphia.

These UPS Teamsters are ready to stand up and even vote to strike, if that threat is needed to bring the company to the table to bargain a fair contract.

The supplements could have been settled a long time ago if the International Union had stepped in and backed the members.

Instead, Hall has played politics and lashed out at the Local 89 leadership and the Vote No movement and tried to blame them for holding up the national contract.

The company has taken its cues from Hoffa and Hall and refused to budge at the bargaining table. In Louisville, UPS has even reduced its offer.

This is exactly why Teamsters fought for the Right to Vote on supplements and riders in the first place: to stop employers from imposing concessions in supplements and riders by pushing through a contract nationally.

Before we had this right in 1991, the master contract and all supplements and riders were voted on in one national vote. That gave employers a tool to push through concessions at the supplement level.

The Right to Vote on supplements and riders changed all that.

Hall is talking about imposing the UPS contract and abrogating members’ right to vote on the outstanding supplements. This plan has started to leak out from Hall loyalists.

All members need to be prepared to stand with these UPS Teamsters and to stand up for our Right to Vote.

UPS cannot operate without the  Louisville Worldport and Philadelphia Airport which together handle a huge volume of air packages. The Local 705 and 710 contracts covering 15,000 UPS Teamsters in Chicago, Illinois, and Northern Indiana are also not settled. These contracts are separate from the national agreement, still open, and vital to UPS’s operations.

With a united approach, our union has more than enough leverage to defeat concessions and win acceptable contracts in Louisville, Western Pennsylvania, Philadelphia and in Chicago Locals 705 and 710.  It’s time for Hoffa and Hall to act like Teamster leaders instead of UPS enforcers.

The Right to Vote gives working UPSers leverage. Hoffa and Hall should be using it to negotiate contract improvements, not threatening to take that right away.

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Support Growing for UPS Teamsters in NYC

UPS has put 250 drivers in New York on notice of termination for standing up to harassment and unfair discipline.

In response, elected officials and labor-community supporters are rallying behind the drivers. Political leaders are contacting UPS and a online support petition has been launched by community supporters.

Click here to sign the online petition to support Local 804 members who face termination.

On Feb. 26, UPS fired a package driver and long-time union activist and denied him his “Innocent Until Proven Guilty” rights under the Union contract.

It was the final straw for UPS drivers in Maspeth, Queens who are fed up with 12-hour days, relentless harassment, an epidemic of workplace injuries and a company that walks all over the contract and grievance procedure.

Teamster drivers walked off the job in protest. They returned to work after sending their message. Packages were delivered, the customers were serviced.

Local 804, which represents the drivers, sat down with the company to try to resolve the dispute and address the underlying problems.

Instead of reaching an agreement, the company retaliated against the 250 drivers and put all of them on notice of termination. The drivers remain on the job, but management claims it has the right to fire them at any time. The local is continuing to try to reach a negotiated solution.

Teamsters everywhere stand in solidarity with the drivers in Maspeth.

Click here to sign the online petition to support Local 804 members who face termination.

For more information and to show your support, go to www.Teamsterslocal804.org

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UPS Ohio Rider Ratified

The third time’s the charm for UPS management, the Hoffa-Hall leadership, and the Ohio UPS Rider. After being rejected by 55% of UPS Teamsters last October, it was approved by a narrow 52% majority.

In the nine months since the first rejection last June, members saw no help from Hoffa-Hall in terms of improvements to the rider. They can’t seem to do a thing for members, but they could wear down the members to tip the balance to a majority Yes. Does that count as good union leadership?

No. It’s taking members’ dues money and using it to be management’s sales team.

Two of the three largest Ohio locals voted No for a third time: Cincinnati Local 100 (4-1 No) and Columbus Local 413 (2-1 No), so did Dayton Local 957, Lima Local 908, and Zanesville Local 637.

The rider passed because Cleveland Local 407 full-timers are covered by Teamcare, and thus not facing benefit cuts. It passed by 7-1 in Cleveland.

The local by local votes are available here.

Ohio Teamsters are mad about health care cuts. Despite the benefit enhancements, which were won by the Vote No movement after so many supplements were rejected, Teamsters transferring into Teamcare will still face some benefit reductions. In addition, the Rider failed to win any guaranteed number of full-time jobs or make any improvements to protect against harassment or strengthen 9.5 language for drivers.

Western Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, and Louisville

Hoffa-Hall took a vote in Ohio, after doing nothing for all this time, because it was close last time. They know that tactic will not work in Western Pennsylvania or Philadelphia, where the rejection votes were overwhelming.

Ballots for the Louisville Air Rider will be mailed out on March 21. There is no doubt the 9,000 Teamsters covered will say No, loud and clear. The issues are laid out well on the Local 89 website.

The struggle continues, on the contract and beyond that, to change the direction of our union to one that fights for the members, not against them.

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UPS Plays Hardball Louisville Members say No

UPS management claims it has issued its “last, best and final” offer on a new Air Rider covering nearly 9,000 UPS Teamsters in Louisville.

UPS says they are done negotiating with Louisville Local 89 over the Air Rider, and they have thrown down an offer that is even worse than their previous one.

The International union has announced they will put the company’s offer to a vote, with ballots mailed out March 21 and counted on April 10.

Local 89 members rejected the company’s previous offer by 89 percent. Management’s new offer stiff-arms the local’s proposals for improvements, and even worse, management removed a $1,000 incentive bonus that was in its previous offer.

Louisville members are prepared to say No, and even Hell No, to this insulting offer.

Local 89 calls it “blind arrogance” by UPS. And they’re right.

It’s also a turn toward hardball tactics by UPS and the International Union who are trying to force through unpopular agreements not just in Louisville, but in Philadelphia and Western Pennsylvania where members have decisively Voted No twice.

The Hoffa-Hall administration doesn’t have a strategy for winning better contract offers in the rejected supplements. So they’re playing politics instead.

They are gearing up a campaign to try to blame Local 89, its President Fred Zuckerman and the Vote No movement for holding up the national contract and members’ retro checks. Hoffa and Hall are to blame: they heard from the members nine months ago and haven’t done a thing to fix the problems in all that time.

The Hoffa-Hall plan is to first push through weak agreements in the holdout locals and then to come after members’ Right to Vote on supplements.

TDU won the Right to Vote on Supplements at the 1991 Teamster Convention precisely to stop the International Union from forcing through substandard supplements in a national vote.

UPS Teamsters in 18 supplements across the country used this right effectively to Vote No to fight concessions and improvements in the rejected supplements.

What’s at Stake in the Local 89 Air Rider

Local 89’s website lays out the issues. Some of the problems are familiar to many other UPSers: adjustments to healthcare to offset negative outcomes in the transfer to Teamcare; more full time jobs; curtailing subcontracting; safety; and others.

One issue is a unique and critically important to Worldport Teamsters: unpaid travel time. Teamsters spend up to 40 minutes a day on their own time (!) using an inadequate shuttle system to get to their work station before they can clock in, and the same deal when they leave work.

Louisville Teamsters are standing up for all UPS Teamsters and deserve our support.

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How to Enforce 9.5 Rights at UPS

Use your 9.5 rights in the contract to get penalty pay for excessive overtime and to get your load adjusted.

Teamsters for a Democratic Union has issued a 9.5 Rights Enforcement Packet to make it easier to enforce your protections against excessive overtime.

Here are the ABCs of enforcing your 9.5 rights. Download the 9.5 Rights Enforcement Packet for the detailed explanation.

The ABCs of Enforcing Your 9.5 Rights

Step 1. Document Your Excessive Overtime. Use the 9.5 Rights Documentation Form to document any work week in which you work over 9.5 hours on three days.

Step 2. Tell your Center Manager you want to be on the 9.5 List. Fill out and turn in a 9.5 Opt-In List Request Form. Make sure to bring your steward with you.

Step 3: Report a 9.5 Violation. Once you are on the 9.5 list, keep track of any work week in which you work more than 9.5 hours three times. Take your steward and report the 9.5 violation to the manager. Depending on the situation, an appropriate next step would be adjusting your load, triple time pay for hours worked over 9.5 hours in a day, or agreement to pay the triple time penalty on the next violation.

Step 4 (if necessary): If your center manager doesn’t resolve the problem, file a grievance. The grievance should state that management violated Article 37 by working a driver on the 9.5 Opt-In list more than 9.5 hours, three times in one work week. The remedy should state: Pay triple time for all hours worked over 9.5 during the week. Adjust drivers’ load. Cease and desist from working driver over 9.5. Make whole in every way.

Click here to download the complete 9.5 Rights Enforcement Packet which includes a guide to enforcing your rights and forms to use to document your case.

Are you having trouble enforcing your 9.5 rights or getting action on your grievances? Click here to contact TDU today.

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UPS Strike Vote Scare Tactic

The Hoffa-Hall administration is trying to intimidate UPS Teamsters with phony strike votes. But the scare tactics aren’t working.

Last Friday, UPS Teamsters in Local 710 Voted No by 73% to reject a weak contract, which was patterned after the national agreement. The Local 710 ballot stated it was a strike authorization vote. But there will not be any strike. Why?

Because the “strike vote” was only a scare tactic to try to coerce members into accepting a contract they didn’t want. Hoffa and Hall have threatened to use the same scare tactics on the next contract vote in Philadelphia and in Western Pennsylvania.

UPS wants no part of a strike especially coming on the heels of the company’s Christmas season PR problems.

Any strike would be devastating to UPS. Brown has an integrated delivery network and cannot function without the packages that go through Chicago, the Louisville Worldport hub or the Philadelphia Airport Hub.

This gives our union leverage. But instead of using a strike threat against the company, Hoffa and Hall are turning it around as a scare tactic against the members.

The scare tactic didn’t work with the 6,000 members of Local 710, across Illinois, Northern Indiana, and Davenport, Iowa. Now will Hoffa and Hall try the same tactic in Pennsylvania?

Western Pa, Philadelphia, Louisville to Meet

Ken Hall has directed the union negotiating committees Western Pa, Philadelphia and Louisville to meet in Ft. Lauderdale during the National Grievance Panel meetings next week to discuss their unresolved supplements or rider, and their outstanding issues.

It’s time for Hall to back up these Teamsters, instead of continuing to use lies and scare tactics against them.

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Local 710 UPS Teamsters Say NO

UPS Teamsters in Local 710 have overwhelmingly rejected the deal put forward by their local leadership and UPS management. The vote was 1827 No to 690 Yes.

Local 710 represents some 6,000 UPS Teamsters throughout Illinois (except Chicago), Northern Indiana and Davenport, Iowa, and has a contract separate from the national agreement.

Members feel that the deal too closely resembled the weak national contract (especially on health care) and was even worse in some ways: allowing a “two-tier” clause so that future hires (full-time and part-time) could be scheduled any five days and creating no new full-time jobs.

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UPS Update

Get the latest news on the third vote on the Ohio Rider, Hoffa-Hall threats against UPSers in Philadelphia and Western PA, the upcoming national grievance panel and the information brownout on the IBT-UPS pension.

UPS Bargaining: Brownout and Threats

The information brownout has reached a new low. UPS Teamsters in Ohio, who have rejected their rider twice, will get a third ballot mailed to them on February 27, without any input or even information about changes to UPS’s offer.

Meanwhile, Hoffa and Hall are using threats and rumors to try to get Teamsters in Western Pennsylvania and Philadelphia to accept their supplements, which members have decisively rejected twice.

Hall’s office is spreading the word that the third vote may be a strike vote, and if members vote to strike, the IBT will not sanction extending picket lines beyond Pennsylvania.

Click here to read more.


UPS National Grievance Panel Set for March

The UPS National Grievance panel will meet in Fort Lauderdale, March 3-6.

The National Grievance Panel Docket is a whopping 116 pages. Subcontracting, the failure of UPS to post and replace full-time 22.3 jobs, and supervisors working are some of the most common violations cited.

Click here to read more.


UPS Pension Limbo Continues

Teamsters who are ready to retire are being held hostage by UPS and the Hoffa-Hall administration.

One of the selling points of the UPS contract was that 50,000 full-time UPSers who get a substandard pension from the IBT-UPS Pension Plan would get a $200 increase, retroactive to August 1.

Steve ThomasBut UPS Teamsters like Stevie Thomas, who call the IBT- UPS Pension Plan about retiring are being told a different story.  Plan reps are still telling members that they have to wait until after the contract is ratified to get the pension increase.

Click here to read more about why they won’t help Stevie retire.

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UPS Plans to Have 45% of Drivers on ORION in 2014

Industry analysts report that UPS plans to put 45 percent of the number of drivers on the ORION system in the coming year, up from 10 percent who are currently using the technology.

Click here to read a report on ORION. Or click here to send us a message about your experiences with ORION.

Click here to read a report from industry analysts on investments UPS is making to improve “planning and efficiency” in 2014.

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