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Started by Joe Balkis Jan 1, 2012.

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Comment by Joe Balkis on April 9, 2014 at 17:43

UPS Actions Draw Scrutiny from Elected Officials

City Council Resolution Introduced
City 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.

Comment by Joe Balkis on April 9, 2014 at 17:17

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

Comment by Joe Balkis on April 8, 2014 at 22:02

UPS Faces Backlash in NYC

UPS has threatened 250 Local 804 members with termination. But politicians and the public are calling on the company to make a U-turn.
On Feb. 26, UPS fired a union activist in violation of the grievance procedure. Two hundred fifty Local 804 members walked off the job in protest. UPS issued notices of termination notices to all of them.
The company’s actions have drawn the ire of political leaders and the public.
On March 21, elected officials rallied with Local 804 members and delivered over 100,000 petition signatures to UPS management.
A resolution has been introduced to the City Council calling on UPS to revoke the terminations and settle the dispute with Teamsters Local 804.
U.S. Congressional Reps and State Senators and Assembly Members have issued support statements and contacted UPS management.
Elected officials point out that UPS does over $40 million in business annually with the City of New York and New York State and gets a $15 million break every year from the City in reduced fines on traffic tickets.
City Council leaders say they will call on UPS management to appear at an upcoming hearing and elected officials have called a Press Conference to press the case on the steps of City Hall.
Comment by Joe Balkis on April 8, 2014 at 4:41

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.

Comment by Joe Balkis on April 7, 2014 at 2:56
IB Image"The termination of 250 employees is an extreme reaction to drivers who have consistently produced positive results for UPS” said Queens Borough President Melinda Katz. “This excessive disciplinary action is not only an unacceptable attack on the union and its hardworking members, but I believe it also disrupts the ability of UPS to effectively serve our communities."
Comment by Joe Balkis on April 7, 2014 at 2:56

Support Statement from New York State Senator Tony Avella

IB Image“I was alarmed to learn that the United Parcel Service (UPS) had issued notices of termination to 250 of its drivers. What is even more alarming is the fact that the notices were issued in response to their support of a fellow employee. I stand with Teamsters Local 804 and call on UPS to do the right thing and immediately reinstate the employment of these hardworking men and women.”
Comment by Joe Balkis on April 5, 2014 at 13:29

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 Lipton
Working Families

Comment by Joe Balkis on April 4, 2014 at 4:30
Pacific Northwesterners Meet-and-Greet, Friday at 5 p.m... Ideation
Meet and mingle with fellow Oregonians and Washingtonians at the Labor Notes Conference! Join us for an informal gathering with a short round of introductions and some pizza. Hosted by the rabble-rousing crew who organized last year's regional Troublemakers School in Portland.  Report from South Africa: Metalworkers Union Initiates United Front Against Neoliberalism Saturday, 4:15-6:00 pm ...InterContinental Avedon A Hear from Hlokoza Motau of the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa, which held a Special Congress in December in which delegates representing its 338,000 members (in auto, steel, electronics) voted to return to being the militant, independent union it had been during the struggle against apartheid.  Hotels: If you don't have a hotel room reserved, see our website for various possibilities.  Directions to Hotel Shuttle from O'Hare Airport:
1. Follow directions to Baggage Claim Area (lower level).
2.  From Baggage Claim follow the signs that will lead you to the Bus Shuttle Center, one level below, via elevator. Look for red arrows, on the signs and on the floor.
3.  Once you reach the Bus Shuttle Center, proceed to Door 2.
4.  Wait for the Crowne Plaza O'Hare shuttle bus, which is burgundy-colored.  (If you are staying at a different hotel and would like to stop there first, check to see if their shuttles stop in the same area.) 
If you're driving, directions are hereParking at Crowne Plaza is $5 a day for all attendees.  Get a validation ticket from the conference registration table or from any staff member to get the conference rate. 
Comment by Joe Balkis on April 4, 2014 at 4:26
Sign up for a special Labor History Tour:
Take in some Chicago Labor History during your trip, including a visit to the Haymarket Martyrs' Monument. The Illinois Labor History Society will lead the tour, Friday April 4 at 1:00 p.m., and it will take about 3 hours. Cost is $25. Sign up here.   
Or, if you want to do the tour after the conference ends,  go with the Seattle Labor Chorus, who have arranged an additional history tour Sunday at 2 p.m. Space may be limited.  Contact chorus member Jim Douglas at jimandsasha@msn.com to reserve your spot. Optional final stop: a 6 p.m. book talk and performance at the United Electrical Workers (UE) hall.
Donate a shirt. The Seattle Labor Chorus will be featured performers at this year's Labor Notes Conference banquet. Each year as a chorus fundraiser they raffle off a quilt made of union T-shirts. If you want to donate a T-shirt from your union for their quilt, bring one along to Chicago and give it to a chorus member. Any size is fine.
Comment by Joe Balkis on April 4, 2014 at 4:22

We're looking forward to seeing you in Chicago later this week for the biggest gathering of troublemakers and boat-rockers around! To get in a Labor Notes conference mood, read our new article How to Fan the Flames, in which we ask, What causes sparks to leap from one workplace or one Capitol rotunda to another? Where will the next big movement come from? Are we building for something bigger than Occupy next time? Can it include more workers? Who will lead it?
Below is some useful information for the conference, including history tours--a special training on contract costing--karaoke songs--travel & parking info--and added workshops.

The complete program is now available for download here. And in Spanish here.
What will you sing at Friday night karaoke?
Browse the extensive song lists from The People's Stage Karaoke with Pablo Serrano. 
Special training on Costing a Contract, 1-5 p.m. Friday in Midway, presented by Richard DeVries of Teamsters Local 705 in Chicago.  When management wants concessions, their bargainers say "This won't hurt a bit." When the union puts forward its demands, they say, "Way too expensive!" Learn how to cost out their demands and yours, from an experienced bargainer. A must for anyone who sits at the bargaining table.  Suitable for both public and private sector bargainers. RSVP to jane@labornotes.org. All attendees should bring a laptop that has Excel installed on it. 

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