“The rank and file was absolutely not involved in these contract discussions”
UPS workers denounce sellout deal “in principle” between company, Teamsters
25 June 2018
United Parcel Service (UPS) workers have reacted with anger to the sellout deal reached in principle last week between the company and the International Brotherhood of Teamsters.
The Teamsters are seeking to impose historic givebacks on UPS workers, who have voted by 93 percent to authorize a strike against the giant package delivery corporation. The union-company deal would create a second tier of lower-paid “hybrid drivers,” a major assault on one of the few remaining decent-paying jobs at the company. Earlier leaks that the Teamsters had originally proposed this new category of drivers prompted widespread outrage among the rank and file.
Roughly two-thirds of the company’s 230,000 workers are employed part-time and are paid as low as $10 per hour. The contract would increase the starting part-time wage to $13 per hour, increasing to $15.50 by the end of the contract in 2023, leaving these workers at poverty-level wages. The proposal, moreover, starts out at even less than the $15 per hour which facilities on the West Coast are already beginning to pay in response to high turnover.
Displaying contempt for the intelligence of the membership, lead Teamsters negotiator Denis Taylor claimed in a statement released Thursday that the deal “is among the very best ever negotiated for UPS members.”
Taylor also warned UPS workers not to “rely on the misinformation that is circulating on the Internet.” Taylor, union President James P. Hoffa, and the rest of the Teamsters bureaucracy are terrified that workers will take to the social media to cut through the union-company…