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February 7, 2014: The proposed contract covering 6,000 UPS Teamsters in Teamsters Local 710 has been mailed out for a vote. Local 710 represents UPS Teamsters in downstate Illinois, Northern Indiana, and Davenport Iowa, along with feeder drivers in Chicago.
The economics track the national agreement on wages and the concession on a four-year progression. The agreement also moves Local 710 UPS Teamsters into the Central States Health & Welfare Fund (They don’t even bother rebranding it as “Team Care”).
Another clear concession allows future hires, both full and part-time, to be scheduled any five days in seven and allows the implementation of a 4 day – 10 hour shift for full-time. (Articles 4 and 25)
There also doesn’t appear to be any language requiring the creation of additional combo jobs. Local 710 represents UPS facilities in both Rockford, Illinois and Davenport, Iowa that would seem ripe for such jobs.
Local 710 UPS Teamsters need to carefully review the proposed changes provided with the ballot. It's up to the membership to determine whether this contract deserves to be passed or should be voted down and sent back for further negotiations.
The Local 710 contract is a separate contract, not a supplement to the National Master Agreement. Ballots will be counted on Feb. 21.
You can red the Local 710 contract with UPS in two parts here and here.
- See more at: http://www.tdu.org/news/local-710-contract-out-vote#sthash.PRMMmKtR...
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.
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.
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.
By Laura Stevens and Anna Prior
For the fourth quarter, UPS reported earnings of $1.17 billion, or $1.25 a share, compared with a year-ago loss of $1.75 billion, or $1.83 a share, because of the charge for pensions. Revenue rose 2.8% to $14.98 billion.
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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