August 4, 2013: In the 1990s Teamsters stood up to UPS, and won. August 4 makes the anniversary of the start of the victorious UPS strike — a lesson in rank and file power.
On August 4, 1997, UPS Teamsters hit the streets at UPS. The ’97 strike at UPS won the labor movement’s biggest victory in decades.
UPS hasn’t changed much since 1997, but our Teamsters Union has.
In 1997, UPS was making big profits. Today, UPS’s profits are bigger than ever: $4.5 billion last year alone.
In 1997, UPS attacked our pension benefits. Today, UPS is targeting our healthcare and retiree healthcare.
In 1997, UPS fought full-time job creation. Today it’s more of the same.
Our International Union once stood up to UPS and 1997 was the best example. The IBT didn’t deal with the company behind closed doors. Members were informed and involved and our union took our case to the public.
Our International Union didn’t try to force members to take the company’s “last, best and final offer.” They made the company eat those words and put a better contract on the table.
The short video America’s Victory: The 1997 UPS Strike tells the story and shows what Teamster Power looks like. We had it before and we can have it again. Help make it happen. Join TDU today.
[Nov. 11, 2009] Anticipating a visit by CEO Scott Davis, Local 177 booked a plane to circle UPS’s Edison hub with a banner: “UPS Stop Mistreating Your Employees.”
Outside the hub, Local 177 officers distributed leaflets in the parking lot with the same message.
UPS profits remain incredibly high—$1.6 billion in the third quarter—but volume is down. Ground package volume is down just 2.8 percent compared to the same quarter last year. Next Day Air volume in the third quarter fell by 9.8 percent.
Management is using the drop in Next Day Air volume as an excuse for eliminating Article 22.3 full-time jobs. Many of the jobs that have been eliminated involve the air operation. But the company doesn’t have a leg to stand on.
The company tried to use the “loss of volume” argument to weasel out of creating full-time Article 22.3 jobs after the 1997 strike. Our union won that issue at arbitration and UPS not only had to create the jobs, they had to pay backpay too.
At that time, film director Michael Moore sent a debt collector to UPS to collect the full-time jobs on behalf of working Teamsters.
Click here to watch the video from The Awful Truth. Read the rest …
When UPS refused to create the full-time jobs we won in the 1997 strike, Director Michael Moore sent Sal Piro to collect on behalf of working Teamsters—as shown in this video from Moore’s TV show The Awful Truth.
Today, UPS is at it again. UPS violating the contract which requires the company to maintain 20,000 Article 22.3 full-time jobs. The company is thousands of jobs short of that figure. UPS is even laying Article 22.3 Teamsters and forcing them back to part-time.
Maybe it’s time for another visit to UPS from Sal! Even better, the International Union should be conducting a national audit of Article 22.3 jobs and forcing the company to create the thousands of missing jobs now!
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Host of CNBC’s “Mad Money” Says Brown “Pummeled” The Teamsters
Jim Cramer, the host of CNBC’s Mad Money, went off on our new contract at UPS, telling viewers that the company “pantsed” and “pummeled” the Teamsters and that “Jimmy Hoffa must be rolling over in his Giants Stadium grave.”
Cramer cited the contract as one of the major reasons that UPS is a good bet to deliver higher profits over the rest of the year. Read the rest …
Ron Carey Speaks Out on the Proposed Contract
Calling the proposed contract “a complete sellout,” Ron Carey is speaking out on the proposed UPS contract. Carey, the leader of the 1997 UPS strike victory and former General President, was interviewed by Labor Notes magazine on Friday, Oct. 26. Read the rest …