Harassment and Excessive Overtime

By Steve Kelly, Local 252, Olympia, Wash.

Throughout negotiations, we heard big talk about harassment. I was honestly shocked at the skimpy results.

As a shop steward, the new language does nothing for me.

We’ve been able to make the company pay 9.5 grievances. The biggest problem with the 9.5 language is getting loads adjusted.

We were looking for new language that would make UPS adjust our loads and address understaffing.

What we got is so watered-down it’s pathetic. If you win three paid 9.5 grievances in five months, you get a frigging meeting? Give me a break.

The contract already has good harassment language that says management can’t over-supervise or harass employees.

The problem is there are no penalties to make UPS pay for violations.

Without that, all you have is nice language and no teeth.

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