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Started by Joe Balkis Jan 1, 2012.
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November 19, 2013: After leaving UPSers in the dark for months, Teamster officials are working overtime to sell a weak contract that would mean smaller pensions for UPSers in the Southwest.
The company’s offer is not good enough to sell itself. So Teamster officials have become full-time contract pitchmen. In Los Angeles, Local 396 business agents are even visiting hubs in the middle of night. They have never worked overtime like that to represent members.
Their goal is to convince UPSers that the contract is a done deal and they will not negotiate any improvements even if members Vote No again.
If that’s true, it’s time to replace every one of these officials who can pass out lies and PR, but can’t bargain a thing from a company that made $4.5 billion—even when they’re backed by a united No Vote by the membership.
The ballots were mailed last week and received over the past few days. They will be counted on December 10.
The sales pitch includes brochures, letters, and outright lies. Get the facts that they’re leaving out of their sales job.
Healthcare and January 1
One of the big lies is that: you will lose your health coverage on January 1 unless you vote yes. The truth is, your healthcare is secure. Download this bulletin and get the truth.
Hiding Contract Details
The entire contract was kept secret from members until it arrived with the ballot and the PR barrage.
It includes hidden concessions, including a change that requires UPSers to work one punch a week (not one punch a month) to get your healthcare.
Most of the time, this will be no problem. But if you get sick or injured late in the year after you have used your vacation and personal days, this could cost you a bundle. Download a bulletin with info on this and other hidden contract concessions.
Pension Accruals Reduced in the Southwest
UPS Teamsters in Southern California, Nevada, Arizona, and New Mexico will pay a steep price for the new Health Plan in the form of smaller pensions in the future.
Teamsters in Washington, Oregon, and the Rockies will accrue much larger pensions than Teamsters in the Southwest—even though they all work under the same Western Supplement and get their pensions from the same Pension Fund. Download a bulletin on the pension grab.
New Jersey Local 177 Teamsters
UPS Teamsters in New Jersey Local 177 will also have $1.50 per hour in new pension contributions diverted to pay for the new Health Plan.
This pension grab will cost the Local 177 Fund $30 million in contributions by the end of the contract.
Local 177 members will be asked to give up 30¢ per hour of their annual wage increases every year to fund a pension increase.
The wage diversion from Local 177 members comes to $1.50 an hour by the end of the contract the same amount of pension money that is being diverted into the Health Plan to pay for the benefits.
- See more at: http://tdu.org/news/big-pr-job-officials-west-go-all-out-sell-ups-c...
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, and management is demanding that all UPS Freight Teamsters be in a company plan for the next five years at least. Why? Because UPS Freight Teamsters get inferior (read: cheap for the company) coverage, so management is only too happy to keep them there.
Why are they always lying to try to get us to vote Yes?
Because the truth is, after we voted nearly 3-1 against our contract and the South West Rider, they have not bargained anything from the company. They improved our health benefits by diverting future money that is supposed to go into improving our pensions. Voting yes will not get a raise a minute faster, because the whole contract must be ratified. Many supplements and riders are still bargaining, with no vote expected until 2014. They are fighting for a good contract.
One more No vote will force them back to the bargaining table for real changes in the contract.
November 12, 2013: UPS Teamsters in the Western Region Supplement and Southwest Rider are being kept in the dark about their new contract language. Click here to shine a light and find out about your contract details before you get your ballot in the mail.
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