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    UPS Info for UPSers UPS seeks to create integrated over-the-road network manned by drivers from several units, Teamster group says - DC Velocity

    UPS Inc. wants to create an integrated over-the-road network where longer-haul driving would be performed by workers at its package, less-than-truckload (LTL), and local cartage divisions. This move could streamline the transport and logistics giant's operating network but some in the Teamsters union fear it could lead to more subcontracting of unionized driver jobs.

    The proposal was presented by Atlanta-based UPS to the Teamsters in November during contract negotiations to reach a new collective bargaining agreement. The proposal recommends commingling drivers at UPS' small-package operation, its UPS Freight LTL unit, and its cartage operation, according to a communiqué from the Teamsters for a Democratic Union (TDU), a Teamster dissident group that frequently clashes with union leadership.
    Published on 09-17-2012 12:59 PM
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    UPS Info for UPSers UPS, Teamsters wrap up liability withdrawal agreement - Pensions and Investments

    United Parcel Service Inc., Atlanta, and the $2.6 billion New England Teamsters & Trucking Industry Pension Fund, Burlington, Mass., finalized their agreement to restructure pension liabilities that calls for UPS to pay $1.2 billion in withdrawal liabilities to the union pension fund, according to a company filing Monday with the SEC.

    The agreement also includes the creation of a new structure in which UPS will be liable only for the pension benefits of its own Teamster-represented employees. Under the previous multiemployer structure, contributions made by UPS also supported pension benefits of non-UPS participants.
    Published on 09-03-2012 11:11 AM
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    UPS Info for UPSers A new pension model - Pensions and Investments

    Under the agreement, UPS will withdraw from the New England Teamsters fund, paying $1.2 billion in withdrawal liability. And, the company and fund agreed to create a new structure for future benefit accruals in which all employers that join the new fund will be liable for only their own employee pension benefits.

    Under the current multiemployer structure, employers share a collective liability. When participating employers face financial challenges and fail to contribute, the rest of the employers have to pick up the slack. In failing industries, a plan eventually consists of fewer and fewer employers, putting ever more funding obligations on the shoulders of stronger employers, while making the pensions of participants less secure.

    When a large, strong employer like UPS is participating, the plan can become increasingly dependent on that employer, which then bears an increasing burden, often paying the pensions of participants who never worked at the company. At the same time, the growing burden on the employer puts at risk the retirement security of its own employees.
    Published on 07-04-2011 04:57 AM
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    UPS Info for UPSers A Victory in Las Vegas: Teamster Reformers Win Ballot Status for Sandy Pope - Monthly Review

    Behind every good man, one finds a good woman, or so we're told. In this year's contest for the Teamster presidency, that traditional gender-based relationship has been reversed -- at least in Sandy Pope's campaign. In Las Vegas last Thursday night, it was a small band of good men (plus a handful of their union sisters) who rallied successfully behind a very unusual woman, one of only sixteen women who currently serve as Teamster local leaders. As a result of their efforts, Pope -- the candidate backed by Teamsters for a Democratic Union (TDU) -- made it into the next stage of a three-way race that culminates in a referendum vote this fall.

    Nominated along with Pope, president of Local 805 in New York City, was fellow opposition candidate Fred Gegare, a Teamster regional leader from Wisconsin, who also garnered about 9% of the 1,600 Teamster convention delegates. (Five percent was the minimum required for nomination.) Current IBT president James P. Hoffa and his slate, which includes UPS contract negotiator Ken H for Secretary-Treasurer, received 82% of the vote at a meeting completely dominated and controlled by the incumbent leadership. Hoffa-Hall supporters worked throughout the week to prevent any other candidates from qualifying for the ballot.
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    UPS Info for UPSers US Postal Service Union Vote Delayed Because Ballots Lost In the Mail - Minyanville

    Members of the American Postal Workers Union, for obvious reason, elect their national officers via mail ballot. Most postal clerks, who sort the mail, belong to the union. Their union brothers with the National Association of Letter Carriers deliver the mail. And their track record, considering the massive daily mail volume, is very good.

    However, there seems to be a slight kink in the hose at the moment.

    The counting of the ballots, mailed out well in advance, was to be completed this week. Now, the election committee has been forced to push back the voting deadline to October 14th. Why? It seems that a large percentage of the APWU's members didn't receive their ballots.

    It's almost painful to type this, but, as luck would have it...the missing ballots were apparently lost in the mail.
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