“Project Ideal” is keeping its identity confidential as its application under the Targeted Job Incentive Fund was filed with the Beacon Council, an economic development agency in Miami. The county commission will vote on the item on July 19.
“UPS will not tolerate this demeaning workplace misconduct. The company has discharged the person responsible for this incident,” Susan Rosenberg, a company spokesman, said in a prepared statement Tuesday evening.
In addition to telling the story of how UPS did its part in taming that recalcitrant workforce, The Package King also tells the story of the treacherous role the bureaucratic leadership of the IBT played in aiding and abetting that project. More inspiringly, it tells the story of the insurgency of the rank and file inside the Teamsters union. Allen chronicles how that insurgency eventually took power from the old leadership and led the union in a textbook strike, only to see the old guard bureaucracy reestablish itself.
According to the complaint, on June 17, James Kaiser was a passenger in a vehicle owned and/or operated by Mike Smith Autoplex-German Imports and was traveling southbound on Cardinal Drive in Jefferson County. The suit says he was involved in a crash a UPS Cargo vehicle, operated by Paul Mouton, an employee of UPS, a crash that caused Kaiser’s death.
The plaintiffs allege the defendants failed to properly operate their vehicles in a safe and reasonable manner and failed to obey traffic rules and regulations.
The United Parcel Service center teaches 24 prospective drivers each week about what the job entails and how to meet the company’s safety, performance, customer service and professionalism standards.
The program, called Integrad, stands for an “integrated, enhanced, hands-on, learning program that uses technology and information designed for candidate graduation and completion,” according to a company spokesman. The training center opened its first location in New England on June 20 at 99 Hartwell Ave., said Tom Conard, UPS Integrad project manager.