How to Enforce 9.5 Rights at UPS

Use your 9.5 rights in the contract to get penalty pay for excessive overtime and to get your load adjusted.

Teamsters for a Democratic Union has issued a 9.5 Rights Enforcement Packet to make it easier to enforce your protections against excessive overtime.

Here are the ABCs of enforcing your 9.5 rights. Download the 9.5 Rights Enforcement Packet for the detailed explanation.

The ABCs of Enforcing Your 9.5 Rights

Step 1. Document Your Excessive Overtime. Use the 9.5 Rights Documentation Form to document any work week in which you work over 9.5 hours on three days.

Step 2. Tell your Center Manager you want to be on the 9.5 List. Fill out and turn in a 9.5 Opt-In List Request Form. Make sure to bring your steward with you.

Step 3: Report a 9.5 Violation. Once you are on the 9.5 list, keep track of any work week in which you work more than 9.5 hours three times. Take your steward and report the 9.5 violation to the manager. Depending on the situation, an appropriate next step would be adjusting your load, triple time pay for hours worked over 9.5 hours in a day, or agreement to pay the triple time penalty on the next violation.

Step 4 (if necessary): If your center manager doesn’t resolve the problem, file a grievance. The grievance should state that management violated Article 37 by working a driver on the 9.5 Opt-In list more than 9.5 hours, three times in one work week. The remedy should state: Pay triple time for all hours worked over 9.5 during the week. Adjust drivers’ load. Cease and desist from working driver over 9.5. Make whole in every way.

Click here to download the complete 9.5 Rights Enforcement Packet which includes a guide to enforcing your rights and forms to use to document your case.

Are you having trouble enforcing your 9.5 rights or getting action on your grievances? Click here to contact TDU today.

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UPS Strike Vote Scare Tactic

The Hoffa-Hall administration is trying to intimidate UPS Teamsters with phony strike votes. But the scare tactics aren’t working.

Last Friday, UPS Teamsters in Local 710 Voted No by 73% to reject a weak contract, which was patterned after the national agreement. The Local 710 ballot stated it was a strike authorization vote. But there will not be any strike. Why?

Because the “strike vote” was only a scare tactic to try to coerce members into accepting a contract they didn’t want. Hoffa and Hall have threatened to use the same scare tactics on the next contract vote in Philadelphia and in Western Pennsylvania.

UPS wants no part of a strike especially coming on the heels of the company’s Christmas season PR problems.

Any strike would be devastating to UPS. Brown has an integrated delivery network and cannot function without the packages that go through Chicago, the Louisville Worldport hub or the Philadelphia Airport Hub.

This gives our union leverage. But instead of using a strike threat against the company, Hoffa and Hall are turning it around as a scare tactic against the members.

The scare tactic didn’t work with the 6,000 members of Local 710, across Illinois, Northern Indiana, and Davenport, Iowa. Now will Hoffa and Hall try the same tactic in Pennsylvania?

Western Pa, Philadelphia, Louisville to Meet

Ken Hall has directed the union negotiating committees Western Pa, Philadelphia and Louisville to meet in Ft. Lauderdale during the National Grievance Panel meetings next week to discuss their unresolved supplements or rider, and their outstanding issues.

It’s time for Hall to back up these Teamsters, instead of continuing to use lies and scare tactics against them.

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Local 710 UPS Teamsters Say NO

UPS Teamsters in Local 710 have overwhelmingly rejected the deal put forward by their local leadership and UPS management. The vote was 1827 No to 690 Yes.

Local 710 represents some 6,000 UPS Teamsters throughout Illinois (except Chicago), Northern Indiana and Davenport, Iowa, and has a contract separate from the national agreement.

Members feel that the deal too closely resembled the weak national contract (especially on health care) and was even worse in some ways: allowing a “two-tier” clause so that future hires (full-time and part-time) could be scheduled any five days and creating no new full-time jobs.

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UPS Update

Get the latest news on the third vote on the Ohio Rider, Hoffa-Hall threats against UPSers in Philadelphia and Western PA, the upcoming national grievance panel and the information brownout on the IBT-UPS pension.

UPS Bargaining: Brownout and Threats

The information brownout has reached a new low. UPS Teamsters in Ohio, who have rejected their rider twice, will get a third ballot mailed to them on February 27, without any input or even information about changes to UPS’s offer.

Meanwhile, Hoffa and Hall are using threats and rumors to try to get Teamsters in Western Pennsylvania and Philadelphia to accept their supplements, which members have decisively rejected twice.

Hall’s office is spreading the word that the third vote may be a strike vote, and if members vote to strike, the IBT will not sanction extending picket lines beyond Pennsylvania.

Click here to read more.


UPS National Grievance Panel Set for March

The UPS National Grievance panel will meet in Fort Lauderdale, March 3-6.

The National Grievance Panel Docket is a whopping 116 pages. Subcontracting, the failure of UPS to post and replace full-time 22.3 jobs, and supervisors working are some of the most common violations cited.

Click here to read more.


UPS Pension Limbo Continues

Teamsters who are ready to retire are being held hostage by UPS and the Hoffa-Hall administration.

One of the selling points of the UPS contract was that 50,000 full-time UPSers who get a substandard pension from the IBT-UPS Pension Plan would get a $200 increase, retroactive to August 1.

Steve ThomasBut UPS Teamsters like Stevie Thomas, who call the IBT- UPS Pension Plan about retiring are being told a different story.  Plan reps are still telling members that they have to wait until after the contract is ratified to get the pension increase.

Click here to read more about why they won’t help Stevie retire.

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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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UPS, IBT Strand Teamsters in Pension Limbo

Teamsters in the IBT-UPS Pension Plan were promised a $200 pension increase. But disinformation from the Pension Plan is stranding Teamsters who want to retire in pension limbo.

One of the selling points of the UPS contract was that 50,000 full-time UPSers who get a substandard pension from the IBT-UPS Pension Plan were promised a $200 pension increase.

The IBT’s “Contract Facts” website says that “Once all supplements and riders are approved, negotiated wage and pension increases will be paid retroactively to August 1.”

But UPS Teamsters who call the IBT- UPS Pension Plan about retiring are being told  a different story.

Pension Plan reps are telling members they need to wait to submit their pension papers until after the contract is ratified to be guaranteed the pension increase. That will be months from now! In the meantime, Teamsters who want to retire are stuck working at UPS and waiting for a straight answer.

An Information Brownout is bad enough. Now Teamsters are getting disinformation from their own pension plan.

The IBT-UPS Pension Plan covers 50,000 full-time UPSers from locals in the Central and Southern Regions, and the Carolinas, who were formerly covered by the Central States Pension Fund.

It’s time for the Hoffa-Hall administration and the IBT-UPS plan to stop holding these UPS Teamsters hostage.

The IBT and the Pension Plan needs to come out with a clear guarantee that members who retire now will receive their pension increase retroactive to Aug. 1 as soon as the contract is ratified.

Members have earned their retirement and their pension increase. They don’t deserve to be stranded in pension limbo because of disinformation from the IBT-UPS Pension Plan.

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Indianapolis UPS Rider Approved

Eight months after it was first rejected by UPS Teamsters, the Indianapolis Local 135 Rider was approved by a vote of 551 to 357. Approval came after several changes were made to the rider in bargaining after the rejection.

The International Union did multiple mailings to members to encourage a yes vote. The mailings advertised the improvements made in TeamCare benefits since the first rejection, the changes made to the Rider, and played up the retroactive pay building up.

You can access the language in the rider here.

There is no end in sight to the UPS bargaining. The Western Pa and Philadelphia supplements were defeated by a 3-1 margin in the second vote, and the Louisville Air Rider is still not bargained. The Ohio Rider has also been rejected twice. It’s time for the International to step up to the plate, admit their mistakes and deal with the contract issues of concern to members.

Ken Hall is apparently going to step up the pressure on locals and members in supplemental areas which have not yet settled, as he hints about in a letter he sent to locals today.

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UPS Says Profits for Us, Concessions for You

While UPS and UPS Freight Teamsters take concessions, the profit haul for the company continues. UPS reported fourth-quarter profits of $1.2 billion and says profits will top $5 billion in 2014.

The media is full of sympathetic stories about how UPS profits are, “falling short of expectations.” And it’s true that UPS’s fourth quarter profits were lower than originally expected because of the much-publicized problems at peak.

But before you pull out a brown hankie and cry for UPS management, consider this. Even when management bungles the most important business time of the year, the company still makes $1.2 billion in profit in just three months. That’s after taxes.

For the year, UPS made $4.5 billion in profits after taxes. And the company announced today that it projects that profits will top $5 billion in 2014.

The company’s freight-forwarding business is down—but not where Teamsters are doing the job. UPS Freight revenues grew to $2.882 billion.

Before contract negotiations began, Ken Hall vowed, “The more they make, the more we take.” Instead, working Teamsters will remember 2013 as the year of contract givebacks and the most miserable peak season ever.

It’s not all bad news. 2013 is also the year that UPS and UPS Freight Teamsters showed we can fight back. Members turned down the national UPS Freight contract and nearly voted down the national UPS agreement while voting down a record number of supplements.

Hoffa and Hall couldn’t even figure out how to use that leverage.

UPS Teamsters in New York Local 804 took a different tack. They said NO to information brownouts and organized a contract campaign. They won a $400 pension increase (including at $25 & Out), 150 new full-time jobs and grievance procedure reform. When members voted down the first offer, the bargaining committee, including rank-and-filers, went back to the table and won additional improvements.

UPS knows how to make profits. We need Teamster leadership that will make UPS deliver for working Teamsters too.

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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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UPS Contract Update

UPS contract ballots are being mailed out in Teamsters Local 710, Western Pennsylvania, and in Indiana Local 135.

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UPS Teamsters Look Ahead

UPS Teamsters speak out on the contract fight and how we can keep organizing for a stronger union and against corporate greed.

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UPS Management’s PR Disaster

UPS management pays the price for going lean and mean with Christmas PR disaster.

Peak is UPS’s most profitable time of the year and it is usually the company’s finest public relations hour too. Not this year.

Unprecedented delays, late Christmas packages and furious customers have created a blizzard of bad press for the company. Even Amazon is throwing UPS under the bus.

It didn’t have to be this way.

UPS management is paying the price for getting too lean and too mean. Hoffa and Hall helped make it happen by looking the other way and allowing the company to walk all over UPS Teamsters and our contract—long before peak.

For years, management has been boosting profits by shrinking the workforce—cutting and combining routes and eliminating full-time jobs inside on the package trucks and in the hubs.

Excessive overtime, supervisors working and production harassment are no substitute for having enough Teamsters to get the job done right.

The Christmas disaster exposed problems that working Teamsters have known about for a long time.

Hoffa and Hall claim the excessive overtime language in new contract “allows the union to address inadequate staffing.”

Will Hoffa and Hall “challenge the inadequacy of staffing in UPS centers” like they claim in their Contract Highlights or was this just part of their sales job to get a concessionary contract passed?

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UPS Vote Count: Hoffa-Hall Ram Through Local 177 and Southwest

The New Jersey Local 177 supplement has been ratified, following yesterday’s ratification of the Southwest Rider. Both passed by approximately a 2-1 margin.

In the Southwest, the biggest union, Los Angeles Local 396, was split down the middle, but most other locals voted heavily yes, with Locals 186 and 986 voting No.

The vote count will continue this morning on the remainder of the west. You can read the latest vote counts here.

The Hoffa-Hall administration launched a million-dollar campaign to sell the contract on a second vote. Southwest area Teamsters received up to eight mailings selling the deal, along with robo-calls, web postings, and threats about their health care.

By sticking together, Vote No Teamsters won improved healthcare benefits in the second contract offer. And they learned a valuable lesson in rank and file solidarity and Hoffa-Hall treachery.

The bad news is that Teamster officials are paying for these improvements by taking money that is supposed to be used to improve members pensions and diverting it into the Health Fund instead.

As a result, full-time members in the Southwest that are going into the new Health Fund will end up with smaller pension accruals than full-time UPS Teamsters in the rest of the West.

The UPS contract started with early negotiations but it won’t be settled until well into 2014. The supplements and riders covering Ohio, Indiana, Western Pa, Philadelphia and the Louisville air rider all remain to be completed. The UPS Freight contract is also in limbo. Members Voted No to reject that weak agreement, and Hoffa and Hall have done zip for UPS Freight Teamsters since.

Hoffa and Hall had a three-point plan for the UPS contract negotiations. First came the Brownout. Then came the Sellout. And finally came the Sales Job.

If you want to join the network of UPS Teamsters working for a new direction for our Teamsters Union, click here.

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Two More Lies

How many lies have we been told by the Hoffa-Hall-Cammack-Herrera PR machine trying to get us to buy a weak contract offer from UPS? We’ve lost count. But here are two more.

Lie #1: “If you don’t vote Yes, you will lose your health coverage on January 1.”

Truth:  You will not lose anything on January 1, the contract extension will be in full force and so will your health coverage. In addition, there is zero chance this contract will be ratified by January 1. Several supplements and riders have not even been voted yet, and no vote is scheduled.  The biggest local union of all, Louisville Local 89, is holding out for a good contract rider and has no plans to bring a crappy deal up for a vote. So in addition to our South West Rider going down, there are others in Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky, Pennsylvania and New Jersey open and active.

Lie #2: “UPS is getting out of the health care business.”

Truth: UPS is very big in the health care business, and insisting that all UPS Freight Teamsters stay in a company plan.   Tens of thousands of managers and Teamster retirees are in company plans.

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