No more Brown!
I've heard that UPS is tired of putting all of it's pension fund money into the Teamsters coffer, and that the Teamsters are dispersing it to everyone who has retired under a different company flag, and are now bankrupt or out of business. As I understand it, UPS is the largest contributor to the pension fund, and apparently they want to now "assist" the Teamsters in where those monies are dispersed, as in back to ONLY UPS people. If you remember, the last contract, where we walked out, one of the issues was with the pension fund being pulled from the union & privatized by UPS. Some of us were still realing from the sting of the pulled "thrift plan" that was promised to be "for ever & ever", so our perspective was to not trust the company to have full control of our pensions, to later decide to pull that as well. If all this is true, the union is going to howl to the almighty (& all of us), to decline this offer, and the only way I can see for them (UPS), to sell it to us and go against the union, is to sweeten the pension plan. Has anyone heard anything about this, or is this one of those non-issue rumors that cast about like a ball in a pin-ball machine? For me, I did walk out last time, took the meager 3 $155 checks, grumbled about those who were crossing the line, and later wound up farther in debt, to watch the Teamsters do absolutely NOTHING to those who did cross. I consider myself a team player, but I'll never strike again because the union has not shown me any significant changes in their strength.