UPS has found a loop-hole to get out of paying grievant for supervisors working. On more than one occasion teamsters have written up supervisors for working. The fact sheet was very detailed. It was a slam dunk. When it was presented at a hearing, a supervisor across the table would pull out a sheet of paper and read from what an hourly wrote---that a supervisor was not working at the time the grievant claimed to have seen the supervisor. Based on that, the company refused to play the grievant. In our building this happened three different times. Before this, we had been making strides in preventing supervisors for working by writing them up when we caught them in the act. Unfortunately there are some hourlys who aren't getting the message. Here is what UPS is doing to get away from paying off grievants. What happens is when a supervisor realizes that he has been written up for working, the supervisor will go to an hourly who has been working for the company for 6 months to a year and say, "Hey would you do me a favor? Write up a statement saying I wasn't working because if my boss finds out I had been written up, I could get in a lot of trouble or even get fired." The hourly who doesn't know any better, and feels he is helping the supervisor, or trying to get in good with the supervisor, writes the statement. The statement is read at the hearing and the union loses the grievance. PLease, please pass the word along in your hubs and centers, that hourlys not write statements for the company. If this gets around to all the hubs, we will never win a grievance again for this flagrant disregard for the contract because they could find a shmuck to write a statement for them. Another thought, UPS, at least in our center, had closed the day sort, so everybody transferred to other sorts. The company says they are over staffed so they ask if people want to go home for the night. So since these people went home, the supervisor's numbers look good and look even better when he himself is working because they are getting done sooner because he is working. The definition of a supervisor working is anything that could speed up the process of the packages on its way to their destination--this includes, loading, unloading, flipping lables up for the sorter, sorting in any capacity, even puttin bags in hampers for the sorters in small sort. These are jobs for the union employees. The supervisor will do anything to get the packages moving which would in turn make the sort go by faster and shorter---thus making his numbers look good.