April 12, 2013: The International Union will resume contract negotiations with UPS on April 22 with the goal of reaching a deal on a proposed new contract by the end of the week. Economic issues, including healthcare, remain on the table.
The IBT and UPS have reached tentative agreements on a number of language issues, including 9.5 protections from excessive overtime.
Members have been promised that the new 9.5 language will:
- Make it easier for drivers to get on the 9.5 list. Drivers will no longer have to work over 9.5 hours three times in a week before they qualify to get on the 9.5 list.
- Protect drivers on the 9.5 list from the being over-dispatched twice a week as long as they’re kept under 9.5 three days a week.
- Require management to adjust drivers’ loads and not just pay penalty pay when 9.5 violations are ongoing.
- Create escalating penalties for repeat violations including making UPS create additional driving jobs when there are repeat violations.
- Include stronger 9.5 rights for cover drivers.
Teamster members and the Make UPS Deliver campaign have been pushing for these and other language improvements.
Every UPS Teamster will have the chance to review the proposed changes when a tentative agreement is reached to see for themselves if we’ve won clear, enforceable language protections.
Strengthening our 9.5 rights and protections from excessive overtime is one of the issues on the table in contract negotiations with UPS.
In the meantime, peak is over and our 9.5 rights are back in effect.
If you want UPS to understand that excessive overtime is a key issue, or if you just want a chance to see your family and eat dinner at a decent hour, now’s the time to get on the 9.5 list.
Working conditions at UPS are at an all-time low.
Will the new contract address the problems—or will they get swept under the rug?
UPS wants early contract negotiations.
But what will the company give up in return?
UPS predicts package volume in the U.S. will grow two to three percent in 2012.
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Hoffa and Hall have promised UPS will curb production harassment, hire more package drivers and respect members’ 9.5 rights.
It’s up to Teamster members to hold Hoffa and Hall to their pledge and to Make UPS Deliver on these commitments.
Under fire for weak contract enforcement at UPS, Hoffa and Ken Hall convened a national conference call last summer to brief shop stewards and promise International Union action.
But more than six months later, Hoffa and Hall remain out of touch and missing in action. Read the rest …
Excessive overtime and 9.5 violations are out of control at UPS.
Get the facts on your 9.5 rights and how to enforce them by using the new 9.5 Rights Enforcement Form from TDU.
If you think the 9.5 Opt-In procedure is overly complicated and too weak, you’re right. And it’s no accident. Management set out to water down our protections from excessive OT and the Hoffa administration has gone along.
Drivers are paying the cost for another Hoffa-Hall surrender in bargaining—this time over the language on technology and discipline.
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Are long days, production harassment and 9.5 violations a problem? Not to Hoffa and Ken Hall.
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IBT Vice President and Package Division Director Ken Hall says local officers and members are to blame for weak contract enforcement because they bring cases “with no facts.”
Here are five changes the International Union could adopt today to increase contract enforcement. Read the rest …
UPS Teamsters are increasingly getting just dimes on the dollar for 9.5 violations—when they get anything at all. The problem is epidemic and infecting areas where members historically have been able to win full penalty pay. Read the rest …
Under a contract loophole, UPS and the International Union have agreed to new restrictions that will make it harder for drivers to file grievances against excessive overtime.
Our contract is supposed to protect package car drivers from unwanted excessive overtime. But in a memo dated Dec. 18, the International Union announced that it had negotiated new guidelines that will make it tougher for members to file excessive overtime grievances.