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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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Meet ORION: Telematics on Steroids

UPS is implementing new technology, the Orion Solution. It’s telematics on steroids.

ORION takes EDD and makes it dynamic. Your package car is still loaded according to the PAS system. But ORION rearranges your EDD to tell you where to  deliver and do pick-ups stop-by-stop based on the shortest mileage for the day.

As a result, you may never run your route the same way twice.

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UPS Tries to Impose Brownout on Facebook

UPS is claiming the right to discipline Teamsters based on company “Social Media Guidelines” that govern everything from online chat rooms and forums to blogs, and Facebook.

UPS says “Activities that violate the standards outlined in these guidelines can lead to disciplinary action, including job termination.”

But will management’s attempts to control what you post on Facebook lead to a face-plant for Big Brown?

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New Technology for Harassment

October 17, 2013: UPS management has a new toy to harass preloaders and write them up for misloads.

In some buildings, preload supervisors have started wearing scanners, entering package cars, and scanning every package in the load.

The scanner flags packages that are not in the truck’s EDD. The management tries to blame the loader for the misload.

Part-time supervisors are being told to have a 1,000 scans by the end of each shift. This technology may catch misloads, but more write-ups and harassment won’t prevent them.

Misloads don’t happen because of under-supervision or a shortage of discipline.

Misloads happen because Teamsters are loading too many trucks and handling too much volume.

UPS needs to deal with the root cause of the problem instead of blaming workers.

The new contract is supposed to protect members from harassment.

Article 6, Section 4 gives the International Union the right to negotiate over the use of new technology. It’s time to invoke that clause.

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Technology Harassment and “Dishonesty”

May 24, 2013: When it comes to technology harassment and dishonesty, the new contract offers more of the same.

The company’s ability to fire an employee for “dishonesty” solely based on information from technology is largely unchanged in the new contract.

The IBT claims UPS must now “confirm information from GPS by direct observation or other corroborating evidence.”

But the contract makes a clear exception if UPS accuses a Teamster of “dishonesty.”

The IBT also claims that, “No employee will be discharged based solely on information received from GPS unless the person intentionally defrauds the company.”

But the contract already says you cannot be fired based solely on information from technology unless you “intend to defraud the company.” The “intend to defraud” language is not new and it has not protected Teamsters from discharge.

UPS has fired drivers for “dishonesty” and “falsification of records” for recording an attempted delivery on a missed package, sheeting a residential delivery as a closed commercial stop, recording air when they’re not at the stop, and other practices that are commonplace and sometimes encouraged by management.

Such discharges have nothing to do with stealing but they have been repeatedly upheld under the “intent to defraud” language.

The new language would now state that you must commit an “intentional” act where you “intend to defraud the company.”

If a driver makes an isolated mistake, the language may help protect them from termination depending on enforcement. But the new language will not stop UPS from using technology to fire drivers on trumped up charges of dishonesty.

Click here to read more on this issue at TDU’s Complete UPS Contract Coverage page.

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Our Rights on the Line in Contract Talks

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?

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Keyless Package Cars

UPS is expanding its use of keyless package cars.

The new technology reduces some hassles for drivers—but the company’s real goal is increasing stop counts.

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UPS Reviewing Driver Cell Phone Use

UPS said it is preparing to follow its ban on driver texting with a broader policy on use of cell and smart phones while its employees are behind the wheel, in support of federal policies to combat distracted driving.

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No Protection from New Technology and Production Harassment

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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Will UPS be flying planes without pilots?

Airline industry analysts report that Federal Aviation Administration pilots will test two remote-controlled unmanned aircraft with the goal of integrating pilot-less airplanes into U.S. airspace.

“The objective,” analysts report, “is that companies such as FedEx and United Parcel Service could transport commercial cargo on planes without a flight crew.”

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UPS Adds 50 Hybrid Trucks in Philly Area

Transport Topics reports that UPS has deployed 50 hybrid electric delivery trucks to its fleet in the Philadelphia area.  The hybrids join 50 hybrid trucks already operating for UPS in Atlanta, Dallas, Houston and Phoenix, UPS said Thursday.
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Protecting Yourself from UPS Technology

Sensors and spyware are either on your package car or coming soon.

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UPS Boot Camp for New Drivers

The Wall Street Journal reports on a UPS training facility, “Integrad,” where drivers get hooked into a contraption that simulates walking on ice and learn to “bond with their keys.”
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UPS to Field Test New DIAD

UPS will start field-testing its latest DIAD later this year. The DIAD V is about half the size and weight of the current version.  Brown has partnered with Honeywell to add new bells and whistles, some small and some that may dramatically change life at UPS—especially when combined with other new technology like telematics.

DIAD V will include a color, auto-focus, flash camera to use for proof-of-delivery. (Hopefully, it will also help drivers document when supervisors are handling packages and doing our work!)
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New Technology Tracks Drivers’ Every Move

UPS is implementing new technology that allows management to monitor drivers like never before. Telematics amounts to a daily OJS without a manager ever getting in your truck.

Find out how the technology works—and how to protect yourself from harassment and unfair discipline. Read the rest …

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