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Started by Joe Balkis Jan 1, 2012.

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Comment by Joe Balkis yesterday

Unrest at Big Brown

UPS became the company it is today during the 1950s and '60s, but its aggressive pursuit of profit stirred anger among workers.
Comment by Joe Balkis yesterday

The rise of the "Quiet Giant"

In the 1950s and '60s, UPS transformed itself from a specialized delivery company into an emerging giant of shipping.
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Comment by Joe Balkis on Wednesday

UPS and the "outlaw" strike of 1946

UPS's move into New York started a chain reaction that led to the longest Teamster strike at the company until the mid-1970s. June 3, 2014
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Comment by Joe Balkis on Tuesday

United Way President Terminated Following Compensation Controversy  

The board of the United Way of Central Carolinas apologized Tuesday morning to the community for the compensation package given to its president.
"We made a serious mistake," Chairman Graham Denton said.
In June, financial records revealed the salary and benefits package the board gave to Gloria Pace King in 2007 amounted to $1.2 million. Many residents spoke out, telling the nonprofit they were outraged their hard-earned donations were going to what they called an inflated salary.
United Way leaders initially defended the compensation package, but Tuesday, the board voted to fire King, effective September 30.
“Unfortunately, the continued success of our United Way is threatened by an erosion of public confidence and trust resulting from the current controversy over compensation," Denton said.
King headed the United Way for 14 years. Last year, the organization raised a record $45 million. However, Denton admitted Tuesday, no matter how much money the organization raised, King's compensation exceeded what the community expects for a nonprofit group.
“We concluded we needed a fresh start, and part of that fresh start is new leadership,” Denton said.
The United Way will continue to pay King through December of 2010, when her contract expires. However, they no longer have to contribute to her supplemental retirement plan, which will save the charity $1.5 million over the next two years.
Denton blames a collective breakdown for compensation package. However, United Way attorney Russ Sizemore said there won't be any changes on the executive committee.
“The board is taking responsibility for mistakes. The executive committee in particular is apologizing to the community,” he said.
King's attorney, Bill Diehl, called her firing ridiculous.
“They admit -- which is great for her -- that they screwed up. She didn't screw up. We'll see how that plays out ultimately,” he said.
As for his client, he's instructed her not to publicly respond to her termination.
“I told her to say nothing. She doesn't have anything to say. She didn't create this problem; she's worked there for14 years and has done a wonderful job,” Diehl said.
Diehl wouldn’t say whether he will seek legal action. He simply said, sometimes the judicial system can make people accountable for what they do.
Also, an independent review panel will review the decisions that led to King's compensation package. The panel will recommend changes, if needed, to make sure it doesn't happen in the future.
Mac Everett will serve as interim president until the United Way appoints a new one.
Comment by Joe Balkis on Sunday

UPS and the Package King

To this day, UPS resembles the personality of its founder James E. Casey--a discipline fanatic with a loopy fascination about packages.
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Comment by Joe Balkis on Sunday

faithful Teamster" id="yui_3_16_0_1_1410662712583_59927" href="http://socialistworker.org/2014/05/15/the-kings-faithful-teamster" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"">The Package King's faithful Teamster

Dave Beck, leader of the West Coast Teamsters, was responsible for initiating the union's cozy relationship with UPS.
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Comment by Joe Balkis on September 12, 2014 at 21:43
"According to their own reports, the president of the Twin Cities United Way alone makes some 350,000 a year, the president of the United Way Worldwide makes over 1 million. Of the 70 million dollars the Twin Cities United Way spent last year, 10 million went to salaries, and almost 10 million more to various expenses, from “professional fees” to transportation, to office rental, conferences, and so on."
It seems like everyone at UPS is getting the shakedown right now from management about United Way. We wrote an article about this for our last newsletter, here ...it is:
UPS and United Way: Delivering Tax Breaks!
Ok, so I don’t know if something similar happened on Midnight, but on Twilight last month, we got to have the usual yearly BS about giving to the United Way. We got a whole presentation at break, with a speaker from the Special Olympics and a rare appearance from the head honcho of UPS’ entire upper midwest operations, Lou Rivieccio.
The whole idea of a guy who makes six figures telling a bunch of us who work for him at poverty wages how we need to give some of our weekly pittance to the United Way got a lot of us talking about why the company pushes this so hard--hell, you can’t imagine them spending precious time out of their sort operations on anything else, why this? A guy I work with looked it up and found out one obvious answer, which is that UPS is most certainly getting tax breaks for their “charitable giving” programs.
Comment by Joe Balkis on September 12, 2014 at 21:39
 Another found out the next day online that our buddy Lou is a member of the board of directors for the Twin Cities United Way. A few of us continued doing some research on what’s going on here.
The tax breaks and the feather in our boss’s cap when he compares with the other rich guys who run the charity who shook down the most out of their low-paid employees aren’t the only reasons for the company’s huge insistence on us giving money to the United Way. Being able to claim that they care sooo much about the community and helping people out is a big way for UPS to try and get some good PR on the cheap--they make a huge deal out of touting how much their employees give each year--and after all, they didn’t even have to pay for all of it!
Of course, the Special Olympics is a great cause, which is why they made sure to highlight it. What they didn’t highlight, of course, is that if you give to United Way through UPS, it’s not all going to the Special Olympics, cuz the United Way takes a 10-20%--or more--cut of your donation to help fund their operation. According to their own reports, the president of the Twin Cities United Way alone makes some 350,000 a year, the president of the United Way Worldwide makes over 1 million. Of the 70 million dollars the Twin Cities United Way spent last year, 10 million went to salaries, and almost 10 million more to various expenses, from “professional fees” to transportation, to office rental, conferences, and so on. They don’t do much direct charity work themselves, basically, they operate almost entirely off of corporate programs like this, helping companies pressure their employees to give to them instead of supporting charities directly.
But still, who can argue with the idea of helping empower folks with disabilities? Well, for one UPS can--the company is pretty regularly sued by employees for its blatant violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act; there’s currently a class-action suit against them saying that UPS consistently refuses to accommodate employees with both physical and mental disabilities. Like they have with other employee complaints, UPS refuses to change anything, instead fighting the claims in court.
So, in the big picture, what’s going on here is that UPS spends all this money that they make off our hard work on lawsuits that can keep it from actually making life better for its employees, then spends millions more each year encouraging us to give money to their inefficient charity and matching donations so that they can get a nice tax writeoff and spread around the truly ridiculous idea that UPS as a company cares about people. If UPS really cared about helping people, how’s this for a suggestion: take those millions that they spend on this scheme and put it towards giving your employees a living wage so we actually have money to give to good causes.
Instead of participating in this scheme, here’s my suggestion to folks: if you really want to help out folks, volunteer with a charity you care about--a lot of us already do. If you have money that you want to contribute to a good cause, give it directly to the charity instead of sacrificing a solid chunk of it to the United Way so that UPS can get free publicity and avoid paying taxes. They already get enough from us, they don’t deserve one goddamn cent of what little we get back.
Comment by Joe Balkis on September 12, 2014 at 4:41

Audit Excoriates United Way Leadership $1.5 Million Went To Former Chief The longtime head of the local United Way received more than $1.5 million in apparently improper or questionable payments from the organization during his 27year tenure according to a 200page independent investigative audit to be released today The audit more than 7 months in the making gives a scathing review depicting the charity as a place where top managers were permitted to dip into the millions of dollars in public donations with little or no oversight The report names 5 other current or former employees of the United Way of the National Capital Area as having racked up an additional $69500 in expenses lacking adequate documentation in recent years some of it seemingly for personal reasons Oral Suer who retired as the organizations chief executive in 2/1 is the leading figure in the report having tapped into a variety of employee benefits through questionable means a premature pension payment a deferred compensation program and advances on his salary that were never repaid according to the report Suer also made himself a paragon of personal charity by pledging as much as $9000 a year to the local United Way then paid off the pledges by taking extra payments from the charity according to the audit a copy of which was made available to The Washington Post yesterday The investigation by the accounting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP was recommended last year by an outside ethics panel that examined the charity policies and practices Although management had previously rejected such an audit the organization board at the time overruled that decision and a new board in January expanded the audits scope In their extensive report auditors noted a clear lack of transparency personal accountability and stewardship of donated funds within the organization by its former officers particularly under Suer tenure The audit concludes that many details of the organizations finances are incomplete because Suer and some other former staff members declined to cooperate Boxes of documents are missing too His last day on the job Suer was seen driving away with several station wagon loads of files the report says citing an employee The auditors added that they do not know what the documents contained or where they are The audit also reports an array of financial arrangements involving Suer that were not fully explained Among them: a special exchange account from which he could withdraw money paychecks processed manually and separately from the organizations payroll $100000 in additional payments to him in 86 that had no supporting documentation, and a $3 million loan in 99 from the Combined Federal Campaign that apparently was repaid without interest The report confirms a series of Washington Post articles last year about financial irregularities at the regional United Way one of 1400 affiliates of the United Way of America and shows that the problems were larger in scope than previously reported. Its ugly said William Couper who took over as chairman of the groups 21-member volunteer board of directors in January after the previous board was disbanded during the controversy The auditors have turned over every rock They have been in every closet in the place One of those searches turned up Suers executive calendars with notations such as one for 12/21/87 holding that date for a trip to the races with William Aramony Aramony then president of the United Way of America later was convicted of stealing $1.2 million from United Way In recent months United Way leaders have sought to restore donors trust by trimming their budget and staff overhauling financial controls and bringing in new management The audit commissioned by the local affiliate last year after months of controversy over its fiscal management is the most comprehensive outside look yet at the organization which raises millions of dollars each year and is a critical source of funding for hundreds of local

Comment by Joe Balkis on September 12, 2014 at 2:15

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