UPS Takes Business Advice from Scrooge

UPS management is cranking down the thermostat, taking a page from one of the worst bosses ever: Ebenezer Scrooge. In Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, Scrooge would only let his employees burn one lump of a coal at a time. As freezing temperatures hit most of the country, UPS is cranking down the heat in many buildings as part of a national directive to cut costs.

Management has turned the thermostat down to 45 degrees in Fayetteville, North Carolina.  That means many inside workers will be exposed to temperatures much lower—such as members who work near open doors.

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Language in Article 18 gives members some protection from these changes. Contact TDU for grievance advice.

If you’re a clerical employee, you have significantly greater protection under Article 18. In many cases UPS management must provide portable heaters to keep them warm.

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One Response to UPS Takes Business Advice from Scrooge

  1. deano3236 says:

    i moved from feeders last week to preload. i could not believe that ups has shut down the furnaces to 45 degrees. I am ready to file a greivence on this issue, but the contract under article 18 is very vague, it says it has to be heated but doesn't say at what temp, can any one out there give me any advice on how to go about 45 degree temps. any advice about what we can put on this greivence. thanks dean

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