The new Health Plan covering UPS Teamsters in the Southwest and New Jersey Local 177 is improving health benefits. Why won’t TeamCare?
Over the past two weeks, UPS Teamsters in most of the West and in New Jersey Local 177 got some good news in the mail: their health and welfare fund is improving benefits.
The modifications to the plan reduce emergency room co-pays, improve dental and optical coverage, and make other changes, effective September 1.
Members have been up in arms about the cuts in health coverage from day one, and that pressure finally won some improvements.
But what about TeamCare? It’s time for the Hoffa administration to deliver more than healthcare cuts.
May 24, 2013: Read the latest UPS news. Teamsters Take on UPS in Louisville, Central Region Loophole Still Wide Open, and more.
Teamsters Take on UPS in Louisville
UPS Teamsters in Louisville look to be on a collision course with the company over the mammoth Local 89 Air Rider which covers 9,300 UPS Teamsters at UPS Worldport, the company’s central air hub in the country, as well as other UPS buildings. Local 89 stewards and the Executive Board have unanimously opposed the national contract. As we go to press, the local reports that talks on the Air Rider are at a virtual standstill. Local 89′s website details the reasons they oppose the national contract.
Four 10-Hour Days in Package?
The Western Penn. Supplement would allow UPS to bid package car routes of four 10-hour days with overtime after 10 hours in a day or 40 hours in a week. If no one bids the routes, UPS must repost them as five 8-hour day routes. The Atlantic Area Supplement would also allow four 10′s by mutual agreement. Ken Hall had the power to stop these changes. Should we be opening the door to four 10-hour days in package?
Central Region Loophole Still Wide Open
The Central Region Supplement fails to close the dreaded 17(i) loophole that allows UPS to suspend members for “other serious offenses,” a much-abused catch-all phrase. The supplement does eliminate other outdated language that defined a serious accident as anything that involves as little as $4,400 in damages.
Fat Profits, Lean Contract
On the same day that UPS reached tentative agreement on a new contract, the company announced after-tax profits for the first quarter rose to $1.04 billion. This is up from $970 million made during the same period last year. For the year, UPS is projecting to haul in $4.6 to $4.8 billion in after-tax profits.
UPS management always cracks down on discipline after peak. Drivers, protect yourselves when filling out your Motor Vehicle Driver Certification Form (MVDC).
UPS is having drivers fill out the annual Motor Vehicle Driver Certification Form (MVDC). January is also the time when management starts to increase write-ups and discipline.
A Center Manager who is looking for any excuse to exploit a mistake on an MVDC to discipline and even terminate a driver for “dishonesty.”
Protect yourself. Many drivers write “No violations to the best of my knowledge” on their MVDC.
Even better, if you’re not 100% sure about your record, tell your manager that you need to check your abstract before you fill out your MVDC.
Many states allow you to get your Driver Record Abstract online for a small fee. Check your record and then fill out the MVDC honestly.
If your license is suspended, you must notify management immediately.
If you may have made a mistake on your MVDC, the time to correct it is now, not after the company discovers the mistake and turns it into a dishonesty issue.
Get a copy of your Driver Record Abstract, tell management that you made a mistake on your original form, and fill out a corrected form.
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Part-time and inside workers at UPS have launched a nationwide petition drive to demand better pay, more full-time jobs and a contract that make UPS deliver for ALL Teamsters.
Click here to sign the petition online. Post it on Facebook and spread the word.
There’s strength in unity. When UPSers—full-time and part-time—work together, we have more leverage to win a strong contract.
UPS Teamsters across the country are collecting petition signatures before and after work.
Sign the online petition—but keep spreading the word at work. You have the right to pass out flyers and collect petition signatures in UPS parking lots and other nonwork areas as long as you are off the clock.
Organizing Teamster-to-Teamster at work is where we’ll build the power to win the contract we deserve.
Click here to download the petition.
Click here to download the Contract Bulletin.
Click here to find out more about how you can get involved.
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The International Union announced that early bargaining will begin with UPS on Sept. 27 with limited bargaining over workplace issues like production harassment, technology, over-dispatch, and full-time job creation.
Negotiations will begin in Washington with just three weeks dedicated to what Ken Hall called, “operations issues.”
With just three weeks to deal with all the problems that have exploded over the last four years working UPSers will need to speak up if we want our issues heard in contract talks this fall.
The International Union and UPS will start contract negotiations this fall.
UPS Teamsters say if the company wants an early deal, they need to address the problems in the current contract.
Our union contract with UPS does not expire until July 31, 2013. But the International Union and UPS will start early negotiations on a new agreement this fall.