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Started by Joe Balkis Jan 1, 2012.

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Comment by Joe Balkis on October 10, 2014 at 23:28
Last I heard the company doesn't want to create any 22.3 jobs, I have heard they don't want to give us the 80 jobs they owe us. I heard the local 705 wants 250 22.3 & stronger layoff protection. I heard the company proposed the same raises as the national which was $3.90 over 5 years. We need $4.40 just to break even with inflation, not to mention our share in the increased productivity. I heard they disrespected the rank n file on the negotiation committee by not giving them all the info, only to the officials. I heard ups still hasn't given the full proposal.
 If the companies playing hardball, the local should be mobilizing the membership. they could flier after the negotiations updating the membership, passing out stickers, t-shirts. Oh thats what were doing. escalating actions rallys, ect. Preparing the membership for a strike if necessary.
I'm saying the local 705 leadership should prepare by mobilizing the membership. That is what is done to get a decent contract. Only so much can be done behind closed doors. What we are looking at is a worse contract. The highpoint was 1997. Each contract was progressively worse under the misleadership of jrhoffa. We tended to get better than the national on minor issues but tended to get stuck with the major concessions. The raises have been getting progressively smaller over time, when they actually should be getting bigger. The length of time it takes to get up to full time pay keeps increasing. Now they are attacking our health insurance. Be prepared for a sales job on teamcrap which is inferior to what we have now.
Comment by Joe Balkis on October 9, 2014 at 14:31
Comment by Joe Balkis on October 9, 2014 at 13:59
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Comment by Joe Balkis on October 8, 2014 at 23:42

Teamcrap experience across country   

Bob Garvin Just got a call from CVS, my prescription is ready. The cost is $155.00 ,last month it was $5.00. I called Teamcare, the number no longer exists. I called another number, Teamcare is closed for the weekend. You can reach them 24/7 unfortunately no one is there to take your call. Every selfish, self centered, self grandizing, charletan of a union official who endorsed Teamcare should be called to the carpet.
Jason Houk Received a letter from TeamCare's CVS Caremark that due to the high cost of my wife's prescription they have decided to no longer cover it. 90 day supply cost $10,500. Thanks YES voters
 Tiffanie Barnhart Vote No on UPS Contract
 Thanks new insurance! Hospitals now bill stays as observations and claim you're not admitted so you're still stuck with 20%...
Comment by Joe Balkis on October 8, 2014 at 23:42
Jason Houk Here is the update so far: In the letter it said we had the right to appeal, well the insurance company got so overwhelmed with appeal letters that they now want us to wait to appeal when we need a prescription refilled. So now we have to wait in limbo until my wife's current prescription runs out, get a letter from the doctor stating that this is the only current medicine available and that there is no generic forms, file for an appeal and see if they will decide to pay it. So instead of feeling like I have insurance that protects me when I need it, I live in a state of not knowing day to day what coverage or protections.
Ray Griest Teamcare has already put out a list of drugs they are going to stop covering. This has happened after teamcare was put in place on the international contract. Teamcare can change its coverage at any time maybe I should say reduce it coverage I have. Thanks YES voters.
Kyle Shields  Simi Valley, CA
.just got back from optometrist, no more free visit.. 10$ copay, and only covers 80$ a year instead of 100.. so freakin lame.. i wonder if our insurance cover laser eye surgery.
I am jumping on the Teamcare sucks bandwagon! At the end of my pregnancy at my office visit they found the baby's heartbeat to be low. I was monitored with a heart rate monitor for a half hour for them to tell me everything is okay. I just got a bill for $400. Apparently I have to pay 20%! Before Teamcare bcbs we had Aetna which covered all radiology services 100%. My poor husband busts his ass for us to have insurance & we wind up with a bill anyway!
Comment by Joe Balkis on October 6, 2014 at 23:56

The Big Brown Story Series Continued    

Every generation or so capital remakes the working class shifting or downplaying within it where workers have the potential power to challenge the system as a whole. For me that power—while it remains within manufacturing—has shifted to workers involved in logistics, the fancy term for shipping and warehousing. They have the potential power to lift the working class as a whole and challenge capital where it is most vulnerable.
Some many respond that has always been true. Rail...roads, ocean transport, trucking, etc… have always been potentially powerful groups of workers. I agree but it is even more so today with the deep integration of such logistics giants as UPS, Fed Ex, the Post Office, and others with manufacturing and distribution. They are also national companies located in every city. This sector is constantly changing. Amazon has set up its own warehousing network to deal directly with customers today, and may start its own delivery service.
The 1997 national UPS strike was in many ways the strike of the future. The future is here and socialist and labor militants have to think through what this means for our strategic orientation. That is one of the reasons that I have been working on the Big Brown series for Socialist Worker.
To this day, UPS resembles the personality of its founder James E. Casey--a discipline fanatic with a loopy fascination about packages.
Comment by Joe Balkis on October 4, 2014 at 17:31

Download the Docket for the UPS National Grievance Panel

The next UPS National Grievance Panel will be held Oct. 6-9, 2014 in Sacramento . TDU is making the complete list of the cases to be heard at the panel available to concerned Teamsters.
Click here to download the cases before the National Grievance Committee.
Click here to download the cases before the Joint National Air Committee. 
Comment by Joe Balkis on October 4, 2014 at 17:27
Over the last two days, MPLS UPS workers received the latest issue of Screw Ups. Here's one of the articles!
When a group of UPS work...ers first got together to publish Screw Ups last year, we just hoped some of our coworkers would read it. But with each new issue that came out, we were excited to hear people talking about what we had written, agreeing that we face common problems at work, problems that we can do something about. From these conversations, we learned two important lessons: we need to back up our words with actions if we want things to change, and those actions need to involve as many of us as possible if we want them to succeed.
With the increasing positive feedback, Screw Ups got ambitious, and started printing more copies that we were able to hand out to our coworkers, and were left with stacks of newsletters. We all wanted to see more and more people to get talking about our common problems. So, some folks got the clever idea to take advantage of UPS’s industry-leading logistics network by dumping old Screw Ups by the handful into outbound trailers, scattering them across the country. Finally, UPS can say they did something to benefit their workers!!
Sometime in May, we got an email (screwups@riseup.net) from a UPS worker in Portland. He’d seen a copy that had eventually arrived at his hub, and said it had started a buzz with some of his coworkers. They were experiencing the same harassment by management, the same grueling work conditions, and they were sick of it. We stayed in touch with this worker, and started planning with him to start a new Screw Ups in Portland. We got help from the Portland branch of the Industrial Workers of the World, a rank and file-lead workers’ organization and union, that some of the Screw Ups writers in Minneapolis are also a part of. They, like us, believe that workers should organize together and fight for a better life, whether they work at a non-union fast food chain or a big warehouse with a big bureaucratic union like ours. On September 11th, UPS workers in the Portland hub got their first taste of their very own rank-and-file newsletter, with content written by part-timers, just like the original project here in Minneapolis.
Comment by Joe Balkis on October 4, 2014 at 17:27
 One new friend says that people responded positively to the newsletter. “One of my coworkers was saying that she agreed with what people were saying in Screw Ups, and wanted to know more about it.” Like us, they have remained anonymous to avoid retaliation, but clearly the articles have started the kinds of conversations on the shop floor that are the beginning of something bigger. Now, the message of Screw Ups is spreading further and further.
The day after the release of Screw Ups Portland, one of our writers who works in the Minneapolis hub handed out a bunch of copies to workers in the Duluth center. Their facility is much smaller, and he reported that almost every single worker got at least one copy. “People were immediately interested,” he reported. “Some people had arrived early, and read a few articles before work. They asked for more copies to share with their coworkers who were already in the building.” A few days later, we heard from some of the workers about their reaction to Screw Ups. “It was nice to know that we aren’t the only ones who feel like we’re getting screwed over all the time. I heard lots of people talking about the shitty conditions in our center, and what it might take to change them,” said *******.
The more we hear from UPS workers across the country, the more obvious it becomes that we share many of the same grievances. All sorts of people work at UPS, but when you boil it down, UPS sees just one thing: a worker to be used for their profit no matter the cost. They may not realize it, but we’re all smart enough to see this treatment for what it is. It is wrong. As more and more people start talking about it, it becomes obvious that we’re ready for it to end. Rank and file workers at UPS want to do something about their conditions at work. This is one thing we’ve learned from the nationwide responses to this newsletter. We’ve learned something else, something you’ve no doubt experienced just by talking about your issues with your coworkers. When you stand up and raise your voice about problems in the workplace, people listen to you. As more people get pissed off, our influence grows, and we gain the power to make real changes. We’ve grown a pretty big circle here in Minneapolis, connecting workers from multiple shifts and different work areas. We’ve already begun to use that power to improve our lives at work. Just imagine what we can do if that same attitude spreads to Duluth, Portland, and beyond?
Want to be a part of the action? We want you to help us fight for better conditions and respect in the workplace! Contact us at
Comment by Joe Balkis on October 4, 2014 at 14:19
If we want a decent contract "WE" will need to organize. This class will give you the tools to do it.
Internal Organizing  - Saturday  October 18, 2014         9AM – 5PM
Taught by Steven K. Ashby
The class will discuss ways to educate, organize, and mobilize the members. We will review examples of how some locals have succeeded in transforming their unions.  Topics include collective action around grievances;  confronting and overcoming divisions such as over race, gender, or immigration status;  responding to apathetic or anti-union members; organizing member-to-member action networks and contract campaigns; and building strategic campaigns and labor-community alliances.
All classes are held in the Chicago office, and are $150 per student, with a 50% discount for union members when 5 or more from the same union attend. 
Maria E. Dokes
School of Labor and Employment Relations
Labor Education Program – MC216
815 West Van Buren Ste. 110
Chicago, IL 60607

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