Striking Big Brown – Jacobin

UPS might be the next target of the national strike wave — but under very unusual circumstances.

Will the historic strike wave that began with teachers in February hit the United Parcel Service (UPS) this summer?

UPS is today the largest private-sector unionized employer in the United States with nearly 280,000 Teamsters. That includes its package division — which employs nearly 260,000 workers and sports UPS’s famous chocolate brown delivery trucks — and its smaller freight division. National contracts for both divisions expire on July 31, and the Teamsters are negotiating the two simultaneously.

On May 2, they called a national strike authorization vote. On Tuesday, materials for the vote reached rank-and-file members’ doors. The vote comes in the midst of negotiations which will not only impact UPS workers and their families, but also the union’s ability to organize the burgeoning nonunion logistics industry in the future.

UPS to create over 500 jobs with new UK delivery center – Reuters

Delivery firm UPS opened a new package sorting and delivery facility in south east England on Monday, creating hundreds of jobs in one of the U.S. company’s largest infrastructure investments outside the United States.

The new hub, located 25 miles east of central London, is expected to employ over 500 people, and will process 28,000 packages per hour.

En banc 8th Circuit tosses former UPS driver’s disability lawsuit – Reuters

A federal appeals court on Friday threw out a lawsuit from a former driver for United Parcel Service of America Inc accusing the shipping giant of failing to accommodate his disability.

Partially reversing a three-judge panel’s prior decision, the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said in a 6-3 ruling that Jerry Faidley was unqualified for a “feeder driver” job that was less physically demanding than his previous position as a matter of law because he could not perform the essential functions of that job. The Americans with Disabilities Act did not require UPS to offer him a position for which he was unqualified, the en banc panel said.