President Fred Z Wins Advancements in TeamCare--We Urge Members to Continue to Vote NO! UPS members attended meetings Sept. 7th to obtain information on the latest proposal for the Central Region Supplement and to receive a detailed explanation of recent changes to their healthcare benefits. After hearing the changes, members in both the Ground and Air meetings unanimously accepted a motion to again VOTE NO on the Central Region Supplement. Members in attendance pledged to mobilize their fellow workers against the new proposal ahead of the mailing of ballots on Sept. 18[SUP]th[/SUP]. With an unresponsive and out-of-touch IBT Package Director hall controlling the direction of negotiations, the membership has seen only token attempts to resolve the many issues still lingering throughout the proposed Central Region Supplement. With only two changes made to the agreement, members are angry and insulted at the audacity of the IBT in ignoring their concerns. Only a minor adjustment was made to the extremely dangerous language contained in Article 17i, giving UPS almost unlimited power to terminate employees for anything the company deems a “serious offense”. Local 89 members will not accept any proposal containing needless concessions aimed only at the continued appeasement of UPS by hall. Teamsters Local 89 members, officials, and agents do indeed acknowledge and welcome improvements to the previously negotiated benefits package. However, the changes did not go far enough to address members’ concerns or to provide an equivalent to the current UPS Plan. The newly modified TeamCare plan still lacks many of the key benefits members and their families have come to rely upon. These workers deserve, at the very least, a preservation of the benefits they have earned through their many years of service, dedication and hard work. In addition, existing TeamCare members are rightfully outraged at the creation of a “two-tier” plan providing them a lesser benefits package to other employees. Current full-time employees under TeamCare will have an inferior plan to both part-time and new full-time employees if the package is not further modified. It is the position of Local 89 that no UPS worker should receive lesser benefits to their fellow members. For this agreement to move forward, the IBT must take notice of this inherently unfair treatment of current TeamCare participants and work to ensure excellent benefits for ALL members under an equal plan. Until that time, Local 89 cannot endorse the current TeamCare plan for UPS workers. Teamsters Local 89 made up around 25% of all votes on the previously rejected Central Region Supplement. With nearly 90% of our members in the Ground and Air divisions voting to reject the agreement, our voices were heard throughout the International Union. However, the rejection of the previous proposal was not a victory resting solely on Local 89 members. Without the solidarity and energy of members in locals throughout the Central Region, a solid rejection of the Supplement would not have occurred. In voting to reject this latest substandard proposal, members throughout the Region will be sending yet another message to UPS/hall demanding a contract and a benefits package worthy of ratification. If the membership is offered anything less, both can count on another sweeping victory for the Vote NO Movement. Perhaps this time IBT Secretary-Treasurer hall will listen. Teamsters Local 89 Local 89 Teamsters speak out against the UPS Contract - YouTube For those of you who don't realize. Local 89 currently is the largest UPS station. Our healthcare is the best, due to the work we do. This "Teamster Care" is nothing compared to the one I'm currently one, it's nothing but a freed the union machine. Our union is getting greedy, and wants to control the UPS money that's being spent on our health care. By giving it control to our union, they're pocketing their own lump sum, and giving us a lower version of insurance. Now, they're even removing health benefits from White Collar non union employees spouses if their work can give them insurance, either by pay or a given. Us union employees are not the only one's that are suffering from the changes that are taking into effect. I'll update some papers given by our top union stewards soon this weekend. Also, my tram situations have not been any better. I still have days where I wait for a tram for 45 minutes. I could leave at the same time and be 10-15 minutes early, or late with a red flag on my name for a possible accurance. It takes over half an hour to leave UPS to the parking lot by rides that's 2.5 hours on a regular week spent, going from the parking lot to work and over 14,000 other people use the same transportation. Our trams do not have AC, nor heat. They're slimy,sweaty,disgusting,foul. Earlier this year, UPS tried to bribe my Local 89 union members by saying, if you guys vote "yes" and the contract goes through without problem, you'll receive 1,000 dollars. Which turns about into $660ish due to luxury tax. I've only seen one new tram in my work station, which holds less the amount than the others. One new tram for over 14,000 people... NICE. Check out our website and the YouTube video on this post before you do any trolling to mine.