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Comment by Joe Balkis on July 10, 2014 at 1:08

UPS Plans to Invest $1 Billion in European Operations


Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg News
UPS Inc. plans to invest $1 billion in its European operations in the next three to five years, chief financial officer Kurt Kuehn told a German newspaper, Reuters reported.
A majority of the investment would go to expanding the company’s logistics centers in Germany, one of the company’s fastest growing markets.
Kuehn said the company’s new strategy will be announced in November and involves acquisitions, especially in the health-care sector, according to Reuters.
In January 2013 ,UPS abandoned its $6.8 billion bid to buy European package carrier TNT Express NV after European regulators moved to block the deal. The company said it would focus on other acquisitions consistent with its long-term growth strategy.
UPS is ranked No. 1 on the Transport Topics Top 100 list of the largest U.S. and Canadian for-hire carriers.
By Transport Topics
Comment by Joe Balkis on July 6, 2014 at 2:45
The driver of a UPS tractor-trailer that flipped onto its side, shutting down traffic for hours along busy Interstate 95 in Delaware on Friday, fell asleep at the wheel, state police say. The fully-loaded 16-wheel truck was merging off of Interstate 295 onto southbound I-95 at 4:08 a.m. in New Castle, Del. when it drifted off the road and into the right lane guardrail. The truck then overturned and slid to a stop -- the cab landing between two guardrails and the trailer crossing all four lanes of the highway, state police said. Delaware State Police say their preliminary investigation found driver Phillip Bates, 45 of York, Pa., had dozed off when he lost control of the truck. Bates was trapped in the truck's cab for an hour. Once first responders were able to free the man, he was taken to Christiana Hospital with non-life threatening injuries, officials said.
The driver of a Mercedes sedan, Wai Phoon, was also involved in the crash. State police say he was unable to stop in time and slammed into the truck's undercarriage. He was also taken to Christiana Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
UPS said in a statement that the company cares deeply about the safety of its staff and the public and that its safety team is investigating the incident.
The southbound lanes of the highway remained closed for nearly five hours as crews worked to upright the rig and clean up the mess. The highway was reopened around 8:45 a.m.
State police are continuing to investigate the incident.
The UPS driver's alleged drowsy driving comes weeks after another big rig crash that critically injured actor and comedian Tracy Morgan and killed another man.
In that crash, which took place along the New Jersey Turnpike in Central New Jersey, a Wal-Mart truck driver slammed into the back of a limo bus carrying Morgan and his 3 friends. The limo, which was bringing the group back from a performance in Delaware, was sitting in traffic. Three people, including Morgan were critically hurt. Comedian James McNair was killed.
That truck driver, Kevin Roper, is facing Death by Auto charges to which he has pleaded not guilty.
New Jersey State Police said Roper had been awake for more than 24 hours before the crash. The National Transportation Safety Board also analyzed the truck's on-board computer and found it was speeding at the time of the collision. There's no indication Roper fell asleep.
Still, the crash sparked a debate among lawmakers and transportation officials about limits set on truck drivers.
Nearly 4,000 people die in large truck crashes each year, and driver fatigue is a leading factor, according to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety administration. The rate of fatal crashes involving large trucks rose from 1.03 per 100 million vehicle miles traveled in 2009 to 1.29 in 2012.
Trucking industry advocates say new rules will simply hinder drivers and still won't change what they're doing in their off time.
Comment by Joe Balkis on July 4, 2014 at 5:07
Take Back Our Union got off to an amazing start this weekend. Two hundred Teamsters turned out to our meetings in New Jersey, Philadelphia and Pittsburgh.
We came together from 20 locals in 5 states around one goal: to build a movement that can take back our union in 2016 so that Hoffa and Hall can never sell us out again.
The fight against concessions at UPS, Freight and in UPS Freight was the beginning of a new spirit in our union—and it can be the end of Hoffa and Hall. In the last election, the opposition vote was split. This time, we’re working together in a coalition effort.
We are getting started by working together to fight Hoffa’s efforts to end fair elections in the Teamsters. We’re collecting signatures from Teamsters online to tell Judge Loretta Preska to reject Hoffa’s legal bid to destroy our voting rights.
The first thing we are asking concerned Teamsters to do is to download this leaflet and petition and collect signatures from other Teamsters to stop Hoffa from taking away our right to fair elections. (You can pass out leaflets and collect signatures at your job but you must do it in non-work areas and at non-work times.)
We can save our voting rights and we can use them to win the 2016 election. But we’ve got to work together to make it happen.
If you want to join other Teamsters in making history, click here and let us know you’ll help Take Back Our Union. Let us know you’re out there and you care.
 Mark Timlin
Package Driver, Local 177
Founder—Vote No on UPS Contract Facebook Page
P.S. We started raising funds so we can hold more meetings. Chip in if you can and help Take Back Our Union. (Only current Teamster members can donate.)
Comment by Joe Balkis on July 4, 2014 at 3:19
During the fight against concessions at UPS, an incredible 94 percent of Teamsters in Louisville Voted No on their supplemental agreement—only to have that contract shoved down their throat by Hoffa and Hall.
That’s what Teamster democracy means to Hoffa and Hall. Now they are going to federal court to try to gut our voting rights in International Union elections too.
The Judge who will be ruling on this issue needs to hear from Teamsters that we want to save fair elections in our union.
Our online petition is taking off. But we want to take this issue straight to Teamsters where they work. Will you help?
Download this flyer and petition and to collect signatures, email addresses and phone numbers from Teamsters at work. 
Please make sure to collect email addresses as well as signatures. We need to be able to keep Teamsters informed about this important issue going forward. 
Teamsters are stepping up across the country. Will you help with the petition drive.
Together, we can save fair union elections and elect new Teamster leadership in 2016.
In solidarity
Comment by Joe Balkis on July 2, 2014 at 16:39

Chicago Jobs with Justice Endorses HR 676.

The Chicago Chapter of Jobs with Justice has endorsed HR 676, national
single payer legislation sponsored by Congressman John Conyers of
Michigan. HR 676 is also called “Expanded and Improved Medicare for All.”

Susan Hurley, Executive Director of Chicago Jobs with Justice, commented
on the resolution, "Single payer health care has to be our ultimate goal
in the United States. It is the only humane and civilized choice, as well
as being the best choice for health outcomes and cost.”

“The longer the delay, the deeper our shame in the eyes of the world and
future generations," Hurley stated.

The resolution notes that an estimated 31 million Americans will remain
uninsured in 2023 and that underinsurance is growing as many patients are
forced into insurance plans with high-deductibles
(> $1,000) and narrow networks of providers.

Chicago Jobs with Justice, a broad coalition of scores of unions and other
organizations including the Chicago Federation of Labor, is dedicated to
promoting workers’ rights and social and economic justice.


HR 676 would institute a single payer health care system by expanding a
greatly improved Medicare to everyone residing in the U. S. Patients will
choose their own physicians and hospitals.

HR 676 would cover every person for all necessary medical care including
prescription drugs, hospital, surgical, outpatient services, primary and
preventive care, emergency services, dental (including oral surgery,
periodontics, endodontics), mental health, home health, physical therapy,
rehabilitation (including for substance abuse), vision care and
correction, hearing services including hearing aids, chiropractic, durable
medical equipment, palliative care, podiatric care, and long term care.

HR 676 ends deductibles and co-payments. HR 676 would save hundreds of
billions annually by eliminating the high overhead and profits of the
private health insurance industry and HMOs.

In the current Congress, HR 676 has 58 co-sponsors in addition to
Congressman Conyers.

HR 676 has been endorsed by 614 union organizations including 147 Central
Labor Councils/Area Labor Federations and 44 state AFL-CIO's (KY, PA, CT,
MA, RI, NH, ID & NM).

For further information, a list of union endorsers, or a sample
endorsement resolution, contact:

Kay Tillow
All Unions Committee for Single Payer Health Care--HR 676
c/o Nurses Professional Organization (NPO)
1169 Eastern Parkway, Suite 2218
Louisville, KY 40217
(502) 636 1551

Email: nursenpo@aol.com

Comment by Joe Balkis on June 30, 2014 at 19:11

Make UPS Deliver on Surepost Promises

The new contract includes restrictions on SurePost that are supposed to mean fewer packages diverted to the Post Office and more fulltime Teamster driving jobs.
So far, drivers report a different story. “I deliver to the Post Office on my route,” said Michigan Local 243 Teamster Marty Labut. “I still see SurePost packages on dead-end streets where I already have deliveries. I see SurePost packages right next door to stops on my route. We are supposed to be delivering these parcels.”
It’s time to enforce the contract.  Here are some tips on how to document violations and file SurePost grievances.
Enforcement Tips
  • SurePost packages are contractually limited to 10 lbs. in weight and less than three cubic feet in size.
  • SurePost service is for business-to-residential shipments only.
  • SurePost packages are supposed to be put on a package car for final delivery by a Teamster whenever they are being delivered to the same address or in the vicinity of an address where there is a UPS package for delivery. If you deliver to the Post Office, you’re in the best position to help enforce the contract.
  • Take a photo of any SurePost package you see that is addressed to a location close to where you deliver UPS Ground.
  • Take a photo of any SurePost package that is more than three cubic feet or weighs more than 10 lbs.
If you’re a driver, use your smart phone to document these violations—when you’re off the clock is best. Then file a grievance saying that the company is violating Article 26, Section 4 (SurePost).
Preloaders can help too by flagging oversized and overweight SurePost packages to the driver. Fewer packages going to the Post Office means more full-time jobs.
Contract Loopholes
In a glossy PR mailer to every UPS Teamster, Ken Hall claims the new SurePost language “puts more packages back on UPS trucks and protects Teamster work and jobs.”
A closer look at the new language in Article 26, Section 4 reveals the usual grey areas and loopholes that management loves to exploit.
Instead of strict restrictions there are vague promises that UPS will “use and develop new technology” to move SurePost packages out of the Post Office and on to package cars and implement the technology “when available.”
It will be up to UPS Teamsters to document violations, file grievances and put heat on the International Union to deliver on their SurePost promises.
Comment by Joe Balkis on June 29, 2014 at 20:59
By now, you may have heard that Teamsters members kicked off the Take Back Our Union Campaign this past weekend with successful meetings in New Jersey, Philadelphia and Pittsburgh.
At the meetings, we got a lot of questions from members who want to know how International Union elections work—and what it will take to win the next one in 2016.
Let me break it down to you, like we broke it down at the Take Back Our Union meetings.
To win in 2016, it will take about 200,000 votes and a grassroots army of Teamster volunteers to inform other members and get out the vote.
The first big test is the Accreditation Petition Drive that starts less than one year from today. We will need to collect 50,000 signatures to officially “accredit” a slate of candidates. Accredited candidates get a copy of the Teamster membership list. That allows us to do mailings and reach out to members in the Convention Delegate races.
Many Teamsters don’t know that candidates can ONLY get on the ballot to run against Hoffa if they are nominated by 5% or more of the delegates at the next Teamster Convention in 2016.
This time around, we are building a coalition effort. Whoever the top candidate is, we want a full slate with candidates in every region. That means we need at least 5% of the delegates in every region. That’s the minimum—we want more that. We want enough to be a force at the Convention.
To put a full slate on the ballot against Hoffa, members need to run for Convention Delegate in local unions where the officers are supporting Hoffa. We can show you the ropes but you’ve got to help make it happen.
These are a few of the key steps. Now here’s the Big Question: Do you want change enough in our Union to help make it happen? Then we need to hear from you.
In solidarity,
P.S. If you’re still reading this, you must be interested! Help Take Back Our Union
Comment by Joe Balkis on June 28, 2014 at 11:51
Great company to work for?
Here is what they don't tell you...


Data compiled from Department of Labor, various media stories, Aaron Freeman, and the AFL/CIO Website
Comment by Joe Balkis on June 28, 2014 at 11:51


On average one UPS employee is killed on the job each month...

Over 60,000 UPS employees are injured on the job annually

Thousands of injuries go unreported due to threats and intimidation from UPS management

According to the National Academy of Science: The national injury rate is 8 injuries per 100 employees, or 8:100

UPS’s injury rate is 15:100 employees

Into the 90’s UPS was the highest fined company by OSHA with over 1300 citations, 1/3 of those were “serious” in nature

In 1994 in order to avoid a contempt ruling in Federal court UPS was fined $3 million for their repeated failure to comply with the Government mandated Hazardous Material Spill Program

According to a Cornell University study-Former UPS workers missed an average of 275 workdays A PIECE due to injuries sustained at UPS

UPS pays out over $1 million A DAY in worker compensation claims

OSHA receives more complaints from workers at UPS than from any other company

UPS has an occupational injury rate 3 times that of the transportation industry

UPS has one of the worst HAZMAT violation records in the industry

Young, new workers are becoming disabled for life at an alarming rate from injuries received while at UPS

UPS drivers lead the industry in alcohol and substance abuse associated with stress at UPS

UPS drivers rank in the top 9% of most stressed adults in the nation

1.8 million worker suffer workplace injuries, 600,000 of those injuries are “ergonomic related” such as repetitive motion, and carpal tunnel syndrome

Between 1972 and 1996 UPS spent over $4.6 million for fines levied against them

85% of the injuries at UPS are “ergonomic” in nature

UPS raised the weight limit of its packages from 50lbs to 150lbs, which injury rates increased as well

The average value of a UPS workers life is $5,000

In Chicago a brand new employee (described as barely more than a "boy") serving his 30 day probation died of heat exhaustion while unloading a truck during one of Chicago's heat waves. He was required to meet the standard of unloading 2000 packages per hour in order to make probation. OSHA fined the company $5000.

Packages presently can weigh up to 150 pounds each. The company has refused to bargain over weight limits, reserving the right to require drivers to unload alone packages that could run 200 or more pounds. When challenged, management told the union that if the driver needed help, s/he could ask the customer to assist. Young, inexperienced workers are becoming disabled for life from injuries received at UPS, often their first real job.

UPS has consistently stonewalled union demands for appropriate safety equipment such as decent seatbelts, seats, and tires, and has refused to retire from their fleet trucks that have only single cylinder brakes.

The EEOC has filed a class action suit against UPS for violating the rights of disabled workers. Workers who suffer eye injury are entitled to be transferred to other jobs, but UPS has refused or failed to accommodate their disabilities.

UPS has a rate of occupational injury that is three times that of the transportation industry.

The National Coalition on Ergonomics, an employer association has worked to prevent OSHA from adopting standards intended to cut down on repetitive motion injuries. Among the main corporate opponents of sensible repetitive motion injury regulations has been UPS, which is among the leading violators of OSHA regulations.

The average penalty for a serious violation is $709, according to "Death on the Job: The Toll of Neglect," a new report by the AFL-CIO.

Comment by Joe Balkis on June 28, 2014 at 11:50

Political influence vs. safety statistics:

Ergonomic injuries account for all serious workplace injuries and cost society approximately $50 billion each year

Ergonomic injuries affect women the most who make up less than 50% of the workforce, but account for 1/3 of the total workplace injuries

UPS facility in Lenexa Kansas was fined $140,000 by OSHA for deplorable working conditions that were resulting in an injury rate of almost 20:100 employees, thus began UPS’s venture into the ergonomic arena battling OSHA, and the public interest

UPS sued OSHA in Federal court over the “Lenexa Kansas citation”, and the Federal judge ruled that since no “ergonomic” standard existed for workers all citations were dropped, and OSHA began working on ergonomic standards

Head of OSHA during President Bush (’92), Dorothy Strunk, drafted language protecting American workers from ergonomic injuries, and begun to fight and force companies to incorporate these provisions to protect American workers from further ergonomic injuries

UPS realized the monetary cost to their business would cost their shareholders $3 billion, they headed the 300 company members of the National Association of Manufacturers Coalition on Ergonomics to battle OSHA, and the “ergonomic issue”

40 UPS drivers sued UPS in Federal court for ergonomic injuries from the design flawed computer clipboard

UPS joins ranks with US Congressman (R) Peter Hoekstra, with a former U.S Attorney named Joseph DiGenova who drafted the ergonomic defeating language in their successful attempt to destroy the Ergonomics Bill

1995, UPS’s PAC held 55 “meet and greet” sessions with members of Congress, spending about $450 per member, and then direct contributions of $4,550-just under the legal $5,000 limit

16 out of 17 members on the House Appropriations Subcommittee looking at these rules who attended UPS’s “meet and greet” event voted for UPS

(R) U.S Congressman Ballenger oversaw OSHA-drafted a bill to reduce OSHA’s power and remove any enforcement ability

UPS donated $24,000 to Ballenger

(R) U.S Congressman Bonilla-drafted appropriations rider to prevent OSHA from collecting data from employees on ergonomic injuries



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