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And the Information Comes Pouring Out

Friday, October 5, 2007

According to the Teamsters for a Democratic Union the new agreement does not create 10,000 new full-time jobs, unlike the 1997 contract in where we fought for through a national strike in order to get 10,000 new full-time jobs:

The tentative agreement not only has fewer new full-time combo jobs. There’s another concession. If UPS pulls traffic off the rail and creates a feeder job, the tentative agreement lets the company count that as a new full-time job.

UPS is doing that anyway, to improve service, so why would we let them count that?

The purpose of the 1997 language was to create more full-time jobs and to increase the ratio of full-time to part-time jobs by combining 20,000 part-time positions into higher-paid full-time positions.

If we had failed to win 10,000 full-time jobs in 1997 and 2002, today there would be 20,000 fewer full time jobs, and 40,000 more part-time jobs. Fewer good jobs, and a weaker union.

Not only that but the new contract reportedly freezes the part-time starting pay rate to $8.50 until 2013!

In a major concession, the proposed early deal reportedly denies health coverage to part-timers for the first year of employment, and family coverage for the first 18 months.

This is the “Very Best Agreement” that Hoffa promised?

UPS made more than $4 billion in profits last year. Is this really the best they could deliver to the part-timers who make up the majority of their workforce?

If these accounts are true and there are no other significant improvements in the contract, especially when in comes to supervisors working and stewards than I will definitely advise all of my co-workers to vote no on the contract.  It seems like the only thing I have to hope for is a strong supplemental agreement between Joint Council 7 and the UPS NorCal region representatives.

One of the old timers (who began working in 1988) is telling me that he’s automatically going to vote no because he “already knows” it will be a shitty contract.  He also laments that many people will vote “Yes” just because they’re so apathetic.  Hopefully though me and a few other workers who care can convince at least my hub to vote know, that’s all we can hope for.

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