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Started by Joe Balkis Jan 1, 2012.
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Unions can make us strong if they are used properly. The strength doesn't lie with the elected officials, its in the hands of the members. The leadership job should be to mobilize the membership. The moving backward slate failed to do that. The did not lead a contract campaign with escalating actions preparing for a strike if necessary. In fact they did the opposite. They went along with jrhoffa & the dancehall cabal selling us a concessionary contract. They even brought in the teamcrap used car salesmen representatives. Its been progressively worse contracts since our victory in 97. There is strength in numbers. Vote No on the contract & when the time comes vote the moving backward slate out of office.
Here's the text from a flyer handed out at Teamsters Local 705 meeting explaining why we should vote no on the tentative agreement. UPSURGE an ind...ependent Teamsters Local 705 rank and file newsletter Nov. 16, 2014 No. 6 Vote No! UPS management projects another $4.5 billion in profits after taxes this year. UPS is spending $1 billion to renovate hubs and create new centers in the next year with the money made from these profits. This company gets its profits off of our hard work. We all deserve more. We are the ones that have made this company rich. Without us no package would move. Without us UPS would not exist. Yet, we are expected to make sacrifices. The company claims it needs us to work the day after Thanksgiving. What about our families? The company demands a 4 year progression to top scale for full time work, instead of the already too long 3 year one. The company can't afford more than 30--yes only 30--new 22.3 inside jobs for all of the Chicago District. It is a 14 year wait for a full-time inside job at CACH. Yet, in the 1997 contract we struck for and received 600 new 22.3 jobs, and in the 2002 contract we won another additional 500 22.3 jobs. As those past contracts prove, UPS can afford hundreds of new 22.3 jobs and we should demand them. The company says it can't afford to keep our healthcare the same. Why not? The company claims it can't afford to pay a living wage. Workers at greedy non-union companies like McDonald's and Walmart are striking for $15 an hour. They deserve it, our workers do too. Yet, part-time start pay will only be $10 an hour. An increase from from the ridiculously low $8.50, but even pro-business politicians are for a $10 or more minimum wage. Anti-union Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel wants a $13 minimum wage in Chicago. We can do better in Teamsters Local 705. By voting no, we will allow our bargaining committee to go back to the table with the assurance that we are behind them in fighting for the best interests of all UPS Teamster 705 workers. We have waited far too long for a chance to vote on a tentative agreement. We all want the raises we deserve, but we also want to make sure this contract rewards us for our hard work. We need among other changes: Keep our healthcare the same or better Hundreds of new 22.3 jobs $15 an hour and up for part-time workers
2014: The new Health Plan covering UPS Teamsters in the Southwest and New Jersey Local 177 is improving health benefits. Why won’t TeamCare?
Over the past two weeks, UPS Teamsters in most of the West and in New Jersey Local 177 got some good news in the mail: their health and welfare fund is improving benefits.
The modifications to the plan reduce emergency room co-pays, improve dental and optical coverage, and make other changes, effective September 1.
Members have been up in arms about the cuts in health coverage from day one, and that pressure finally won some improvements.
But what about TeamCare? It’s time for the Hoffa administration to deliver more than healthcare cuts.
UPS is changing its policy with respect to pregnant employees and will try to accommodate them with light-duty work.
This week United Parcel Service sent a memo to employees announcing a change in policy for pregnant workers: starting January 1, the company will offer temporary light duty positions not just to workers injured on the job, which is current policy, but to pregnant workers who need it as well.
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