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.
UPS made after-tax profits of $1.6 billion in the third quarter. Brown is still the nation’s largest transportation company and still incredibly profitable, thanks to hard-working Teamsters. But with the economy slowing down, UPS is looking to cut jobs and squeeze us even more.
After reporting a drop in volume for the third quarter, UPS’s Chief Financial Officer Kurt Kuehn told investor analysts, “We’re working hard to right-size our network for 2009.”
That’s corporate-speak for reducing jobs. It’s happening already. UPS is cutting routes in some areas and forcing package car drivers to work unwanted excessive overtime.
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Is the company trying to water down the new 9.5/Excessive Overtime language it just negotiated? .
The new Article 37 language has been in effect since January 1, but in most areas, UPS still has not posted the “9.5 Opt-In / Opt-Out” lists required by the new contract.
The issue is reportedly being discussed by Teamster and company officials at the highest levels. In some areas, management is refusing to grant any 9.5 grievances until the Opt-in/Opt-out issue is settled nationally. Read the rest …
UPS is being even more inconsistent than usual in its implementation of the new contract language on excessive overtime grievances.
The new contract requires the company to post a “9.5 opt-in/opt-out” list before Jan. 1 to govern 9.5 grievances through May 31. Drivers who “opt-out” of the 9.5 language will have no right to file a grievance alleging excessive overtime until June 1.
While management circulated the opt-in/opt-out list in some cities as early as Dec. 15, drivers in most areas report that UPS has still taken no action at all. Read the rest …