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Started by Joe Balkis Jan 1, 2012.

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Comment by Joe Balkis on October 2, 2014 at 20:35
Contract update for local 705
Local 705 and UPS will restart negotiations Monday 9/29/2014 at 8 a.m.
After the third straight 12hr plus days of 705/UPS Contract Negotiations, the negotiating committee agreed that the UPS companys' proposals were not in the members best interest. Therefore as a result, we, the 705 Negotiating Committee DID NOT APPROVE of the companys' proposals. The UPS negotiating committee members are made aware of our position.
Some examples of the UPS negotiating committee proposals included:
*Reduction in 22.3 jobs
*No new 22.3 jobs...
*15 cents deducted from your wages to maintain your pension
We are now waiting on the Company/UPS to introduce new proposals.
I'll be sure to keep you inform as more information becomes available...
It does not matter what ups proposes, we don't have to accept it. The e board were disrespected with ups first offer, no different from the disrespect the members receive on a daily basis. I've seen this tactic before in previous contracts. ups offers less than the national, then the local claims its a victory when we get the same as the national with a few tweaks. Then the local says look what ups initially proposed. It is irrelevant what they initial opposed we don't have to accept it. We got what we got now & were long overdue for improvements. We need more 22.3 jobs that are guaranteed and cannot be moved around, split shifted or hard harded. With sever financial penalties if they try. We need to restore the # of combo jobs in the small building & create more in the larger buildings. We need ups to increase pension contributions to put our pension fund on firm footing. There is no way it should come out of our wages. In fact the should increase the starting pay to at least $15 an hour. All around the country non union workers are fighting for 15 shouldn't the Teamsters lead the way instead of following? Theres a push for an over $10 in Illinois by the dems & $13 in Chicago. One of the reasons were in a union is to get better wages. Another is benefits. Another is working conditions/dignity & respect.
Did 705 offer any counter proposals?
Comment by Joe Balkis on October 1, 2014 at 19:05

Full-Time Jobs Giveaway Hurts Our Pensions

 More ground deliveries should mean more full-time jobs—and more participants in Teamster pension funds. But a review of pension data shows what’s happening is just the opposite. As ground volume has grown in recent years, the number of full-time jobs has fallen.

Comment by Joe Balkis on September 30, 2014 at 18:44
The killings at a UPS facility in Alabama are a reminder of the effects of toxic working conditions and militaristic discipline.
Comment by Joe Balkis on September 29, 2014 at 16:00

Alarming Trends in Package Delivery

Labor Notes

Their employer is the U.S. Postal Service, but a few unlucky Bay Area letter carriers were hired only to find out their job is actually delivering groceries for online retailer Amazon at 4 a.m.

Comment by Joe Balkis on September 28, 2014 at 13:46

Reagan Appointee 'Unravels FedEx's Business Model' In Court Ruling

                    
FEDEX GROUND TRUCK
A FedEx Ground truck is parked in Park Ridge, Illinois.
 
In a decision that one judge wrote "substantially unravels FedEx's business model," a panel of federal judges ruled Wednesday that FedEx Ground and FedEx Home Delivery drivers are employees of the company, rather than the "independent contractors" that FedEx characterizes them as.
The decision by the panel for the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals determined that FedEx Ground had misclassified 2,300 drivers in California and Oregon as contractors, opening the company up to hundreds of millions of dollars in wage claims. The ruling reversed a decision by a lower court that had stopped the plaintiffs' lawsuits from moving forward.
In concurring with his colleagues, Judge Stephen S. Trott used a quote attributed to President Abraham Lincoln to argue that employees are still employees even if a company wants to call them contractors.
"Abraham Lincoln reportedly asked, 'If you call a dog's tail a leg, how many legs does a dog have?'" wrote Trott, an appointee of President Ronald Reagan. "His answer was, 'Four. Calling a dog's tail a leg does not make it a leg.'" (Exactly what Lincoln said, it should be noted, is a matter of dispute.)
Comment by Joe Balkis on September 28, 2014 at 13:45

Over the years, FedEx has been sued by workers dozens of times over its independent contractor model, though many of those lawsuits have been dismissed or held on appeal.
"We expect that the 9th Circuit's ruling will have a cascade effect on all other appeals pending around the country, and it really heralds the end of FedEx's way of doing business," said Beth Ross, an attorney who led the plaintiffs' case.
In a statement, FedEx Ground said it would ask for a review of the ruling by the entire 9th Circuit. The company also said it had legally strengthened its contractor model in 2011, and argued that Wednesday's ruling doesn't apply to its current labor model.
"We fundamentally disagree with these rulings, which run counter to more than 100 state and federal findings -- including the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit -- upholding our contractual relationships with thousands of independent businesses," said Cary Blancett, FedEx Ground's senior vice president and general counsel.
FedEx is largely credited with having pioneered the "independent contractor" work model in the logistics industry. Under this system, workers function as self-employed drivers with their own routes, covering the costs of their own trucks, gasoline, uniforms and so forth.
While corporations claim the contractor system gives drivers flexibility and strong incentives as "small businesses," critics say it's simply a way to shift the costs of employment onto workers and avoid payroll taxes and workers'-compensation costs.
The basic question in lawsuits involving the independent contractor model is whether or not a company like FedEx still maintains control over the work itself. In Wednesday's ruling, the judges asserted that it does.
"Although our decision substantially unravels FedEx's business model," Trott wrote in his decision, "FedEx was not entitled to 'write around' the principles and mandates of California Labor Law."
As HuffPost reported earlier this year, this model has been widely adopted by other trucking and courier companies, many of whose drivers work long hours for low pay and little job security. One worker who drives for the delivery company Lasership, which is a major Amazon contractor, described the arrangement this way: "It's like they want us to be employees, but they don't want to pay for it."
In its statement, FedEx Ground said that due to recent lawsuits and regulations, the company had "taken a number of steps in recent years to enhance its operating agreements with the independent businesses that contract with the company." 
Comment by Joe Balkis on September 28, 2014 at 13:20

UPS Full-Time Jobs Update

 Despite growing volume, UPS has shrunk the Teamster workforce. When the recession hit in 2008, UPS went lean and mean. They reduced hiring, implemented new technology, increased harassment, and eliminated full-time jobs.

Comment by Joe Balkis on September 27, 2014 at 1:01

Birmingham UPS shooter identified: Family member calls him ‘one of the best men I’ve ever known’

The Birminghamupdated September 23, 2014 at 9:29 PM 
BIRMINGHAM, Alabama --Three people are dead -- including the gunman -- after a shooting this morning at a UPS facility in Inglenook, according to Birmingham officials.
The incident happened just before 9:30 a.m. as police received multiple calls of an active shooter at 4601 Inglenook Lane, the customer service center and warehouse. "Patrol units responded quickly; they rallied and made entry,'' said Birmingham Police Chief A.C. Roper. "They were able to clear the building and, of course, during the shooting, multiple employees exited the facility."
Once the officers arrived and entered the building, they found three dead people inside the business. "It appears it was the shooter, still wearing his UPS uniform, and two other employees,'' the chief said.
Police officials have not publicly named the shooter, but law-enforcement sources, family and church members identified him as 45-year-old Joe Tesney. He is married, and the father of two daughters.
When they came to work today they had no idea it would be their last day alive on earth," A.C. Roper.
The gun used in the shootings was still underneath his body when police arrived on the scene.
Police this afternoon confirmed the shooter was fired from his job. "He received his final papers Monday,'' said police spokesman Lt. Sean Edwards. "Today he was not expected to return to work because he was no longer employed there."
Tesney reportedly was fired within the past month and appealed the firing. He lost his appeal in recent days.
What led to his firing wasn't immediately available. Court records show an auto repair, design and testing shop, filed a lawsuit in November 2012 against Tesney and UPS in Jefferson County District Civil Court.
The lawsuit claims that on Nov. 5, 2010, Tesney came to the business to pick up packages. Along with the marked packages for shipment Tesney negligently, recklessly or intentionally took an unboxed custom one-of-a-kind radiator for a race truck that TSA Motorsports had shipped to HESCO for testing. The radiator  was not marked or otherwise designated for shipment, the lawsuit claims. The radiator was valued at approximately $4,000.
The radiator was never returned or replaced by UPS or Tesney, the lawsuit states.  Jefferson County District Judge Jack Lowther found in favor of Tesney and UPS after a bench trial on Sept. 10, 2013.
Comment by Joe Balkis on September 27, 2014 at 0:58
Tesney's mother-in-law, Wanda Binney, told AL.com today the family is shocked. "He was one of the best men I have ever known,'' she said. "He was a kind husband and a wonderful father."
Asked if anyone would predict this from Tesney, Binney said, "Anybody but Joe. He's never hurt anyone in his life."
"He was just a wonderful person and we're shocked,'' she said. She said the children have not been notified of their father's death.
Tesney was a member of Northpark Baptist Church in Trussville. The church released the following statement today to AL.com: "We are praying for the employees of UPS and the families of the victims of today's tragedy. Our hearts are grieved. We pray that the peace of our Lord would be near to those who have been devastated."  
All three deceased were adult white males, and their names have not been publicly released. The two victims were supervisors at UPS, and police said they believe at least one was specifically targeted in the shooting. The other, sources tell AL.com, was simply in the wrong place at the wrong time.
It is believed the gunman shot himself.
Roper said no one else was injured. Police did not fire any shots, Roper said, nor did they hear any shots. "When the officers arrived in the parking lot and made entry, the incident in all respect was already over,'' he said.
Hundreds of police officers from Birmingham and Tarrant flocked to this morning's scene. Residents of nearby office buildings, and some family members of UPS workers, somberly gathered outside watching the incident unfold.
Roper said no one else inside was injured other than those who died. "We do have people who are extremely upset about what they saw today and what they witnessed,'' Roper said. "We want to make sure we support them."
They were taken by bus to Boutwell Auditorium, where police have blocked off the streets around there as counselors meet with employees.
Roper said the investigation will be methodical. "We'll be digging into the work history, into the background, also talking to family members and these other employees who may be able to shed some information on what happened today,'' he said. "We have a pretty good idea about what transpired inside the business.
"We want to make sure we get a good picture of what led up to today and what we can do in the future to prevent it,'' Roper said.
"It is extremely troubling for the city, for the families involved. When they came to work today, they had no idea it would be their last day alive on earth," he said. "They were just people working at their jobs."
As a precautionary measure, the campus of Springville elementary and middle schools were briefly placed on lock down because there is a connection between a person involved in the shooting and a child at the school, St. Clair County officials said. Authorities later confirmed there were family members at the schools when the shooting happened.
"It was just a precaution in case he was still at large," said Phillip Johnson, facilities manager for the county school system.
Comment by Joe Balkis on September 27, 2014 at 0:31
Pastor: UPS gunman was 'troubled' over work
UPS shooting: ​Police officers escort UPS employees on a bus from the scene where three people were killed, including the gunman, at a UPS facility in Birmingham, Ala., Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014. AP Photo: Joe Songer, Al.com
​Police officers escort UPS employees on a bus from the scene where three people were killed, including the gunman, at a UPS facility in Birmingham, Ala., Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014.
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — The man who killed two former co-workers and then himself at a UPS shipping center Tuesday had told some people that he was having problems at work but never suggested the situation might turn violent, his pastor said.
 

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