Editorial Why the UPS Teamsters Tentative Agreement in not a ‘Historic’ Victory But Another Defeat! The tentative agreement is base upon an agreement between the Teamster Labor Leaders Who are in partnership with the UPS Owners! It is a reflection of the declining Condition of the United States Working Class, since the wage-price – freeze of 1972! Wages have not pace with inflation (Decling Value of the dollar ), real unemplyment is higl, and employers are hiring moar and more part-time workers!
From Vote “NO” on the UPS Tentative Agreement! Organize the Rank-and-File to Take Matters Into Our Own Hands! We are Calling On All 340,000 of Us to Vote “No” on the tentative agreement and send it to the Garbage Where It Belongs. It is a sellout that meets none of our demands:
- The new $21 starting rate is not even close to enough. Because of market rate adjustments (MRAs), many of us already make more than this anyway. The deal also includes a second tier of all new part-time workers with a lower top rate than existing hires, a classic divide-and-conquer tactic;
- The $7.50 general wage increase, spread out over 5 years, is inadequate and even below the rate of inflation for drivers. New drivers will also have an inadequate 4 year progression;
- Only $400 more in monthly pensions for retirees in the IBT-UPS plan. In other regions, such as in the Western Conference and in Philadelphia, the company’s pension contributions will be frozen for the next five years;
- Only 7,500 new full-time jobs compared to nearly 200,000 part-timers, leaving part-timers waiting decades for the opportunity to move up;
- The deal continues the use of Uber-style personal vehicle drivers (PVDs) during peak season, the first step in eventually eliminating full-time drivers altogether; The deal on vehicle air conditioning applies only to new vehicles, meaning drivers on older trucks will be without AC for decades.
- The deal on vehicle air conditioning applies only to new vehicles, meaning drivers on older trucks will be without AC for decades.