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Right to Union Representation: It’s More than Weingarten Rights April 2, 2014: If you’re being questioned by UPS management, you have the right to union representation—even if those questions are not part of a disciplinary interview.UPS Teamsters have rights that go beyond Weingarten thanks to our Teamster contract—and an important arbitration victory by Teamsters Local 804.UPS Teamsters have the right to union representation whenever management is conducting a investigation of any kind.This includes investigations into accidents or questions in the office about production numbers of what happened on the route that day—even if there’s no disciplinary action on the table.If management is asking questions as part of an investigation, you have the right to a shop steward. Period. Until a shop steward is present, management cannot start the meeting or ask questions.These rights are all spelled out in Article 4 of the contract. But UPS management, including Loss Prevention, frequently violates the contract by questioning members on the side and coercing members to waive their rights to union representation without any shop steward present.Local 804 took this issue to the national grievance panel. When it deadlocked there, the local took it to arbitration—and won. The arbitrator ruled that a member cannot waive their right to union representation until a shop steward is present. And no member should ever waive their right to union representation!
Daily News Puts Spotlight on Mass Firings and Millions in Subsidies...
UPS Fires Drivers, Draws More Heat
Officials Call on UPS to Take Back Firings, Come to the Table & Settle
UPS has dangerously escalated its attack on Local 804 members and their families by firing twenty drivers at Maspeth.
UPS has issued 250 notices of terminations in all and claims it has the right to fire any of these drivers at any time. Now, management has randomly chosen twenty drivers by lot and fired them. This is an all-time low for arbitrary discipline, even for UPS—and it will not stand.
Since UPS fired Jairo Reyes and 250 drivers walked off the job in protest, Local 804 has repeatedly tried to bring UPS to the table to settle the issues.
UPS’s actions this week were a heartless attack on drivers and their families.
They are also a slap in the face to elected officials and consumers who have called on UPS to rescind the terminations and resolve the issues with Local 804. Political leaders are scrutinizing tax-payer funds that go to UPS, including over $15 million a year that UPS gets in reduced parking ticket fees—all at tax-payers’ expense.
Local 804 will continue to work with political leaders and the public to bring UPS management to the table to reach a fair settlement. We will do whatever is necessary to achieve this goal.
Now more than ever is the time to be united and disciplined.
The company fired a group of drivers to try to divide us, create panic, or try to get Local 804 to cave in and sell out. That is not going to happen. Management may hope that we do something rash so they can bring the hammer down even harder. We are not going to give them that excuse.
We are taking our cause to the public tomorrow and to the steps of City Hall on Thursday for a press conference at 10 a.m.
We remain committed to achieving a negotiated settlement and getting labor-management relations on the right path at UPS.
UPS Actions Draw Scrutiny from Elected Officials
City Council Resolution IntroducedCity Hall Press Conference Set
UPS’s actions in Maspeth are drawing increased scrutiny from concerned elected officials as public support grows for Local 804 members.
A resolution has now been introduced to the City Council calling on UPS to revoke the terminations and negotiate with Local 804. Click here to read the City Hall Resolution.
Public Advocate Letitia James has warned the company about its unfair treatment of New York City workers and how that might impact UPS's ability to work with the City in the future.
UPS benefits from more than $40 million in business annually with the City of New York and New York State and saves mores than $15 million every year in reduced parking violation fines every year through a special program with the NYC Department of Finance.
The New York City Public Advocate, City Council members, and New York State Senate and Assembly members have scheduled a press conference with Local 804 members at City Hall for April 3.
Vote Yes to save the 250 Teamster UPS Drivers, who were fired for standing up for their brother after his contract rights were violated. Solidarity and Thanks http://www.msnbc.com/news-nation/ups-fires-250-workers#
Teamster leadership hatching plan to impose UPS contract on various locals
Teamsters Union's top leaders are mulling a plan to impose a UPS Inc. small-package contract on recalcitrant union locals by stripping its members of the right to vote on supplements and riders to the UPS master contract. General President James P. Hoffa and Executive Secretary-Treasurer Ken Hall, the union's number two official, are "considering a secret plan" to effectively force the master contract on several locals that have already rejected supplements to the main compact. Although a five-year contract was ratified last June, it cannot take effect until all locals ratify their respective riders and supplements.A Teamster spokeswoman declined comment. Atlanta-based UPS officials were unavailable to comment.The union won the right in its 1991 contract with UPS to vote on all supplements and riders. Prior to that, the master contract and all supplements and riders were voted on at one time nationwide.During the most recent negotiations, the rank-and-file rejected 18 supplements and riders, the largest number rejected in any contract negotiated by the Teamsters in its 111-year existence. Since mid-2013, most of the supplements and riders have been ratified, the latest being in Ohio.The leadership's purported effort is aimed primarily at locals in Louisville, Ky.; Philadelphia; and western Pennsylvania. In all three regions, locals have rejected their respective supplements. Louisville and Philadelphia are home to UPS air hubs.Tensions are running especially high in Louisville, where Local 89 represents 9,300 air and ground workers, the largest UPS local in its system. The rank and file there rejected the master contract and its supplement by overwhelming margins. Throughout the process, officials of the local have been at odds with the international leadership in Washington, D.C., and they have been vocal in expressing their displeasure.Earlier this month, UPS made what union officials called its "last, best, and final offer" to the local. The local responded by filing a charge with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) against UPS for unfair labor practices and "regressive" bargaining. The local said UPS, in its latest offer, reneged on provisions both sides had already agreed upon.Besides the locals in Kentucky and Pennsylvania, contracts covering 15,000 UPS Teamsters at two locals in Chicago and northern Indiana remain open. These contracts are separate from the national agreement.
Support Statement from New York State Senator Tony Avella
When UPS sent 250 workers termination notices for taking part in a protest, you joined over 100,000 people across the country to demand UPS stop workplace retaliation.That's why you should be the first to know: UPS chose 20 out of the 250 drivers at random and fired them last night. UPS timed the terminations so that these drivers and their families would lose their healthcare coverage. UPS cannot expect to fire these workers without repercussions. We need to ratchet up the pressure immediately and make sure UPS knows we're paying attention. Can you call UPS CEO Scott Davis and tell him to respect their workers and stop workplace retaliation? Click here.UPS is hoping they can continue to sweep their labor issues under the rug. That’s not going to happen. Working Families Democrats are putting pressure on UPS to rescind the terminations and negotiate a settlement with their union. But we need you to make some noise. UPS is a profitable company -- and no business can afford to ignore thousands of calls from unhappy consumers.Click here to call UPS CEO Scott Davis and tell him to revoke the terminations and settle this dispute through dialogue, not intimidation tactics.In solidarity,Bill LiptonWorking Families
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