Man of Great Wisdom
With a new 5 year agreement and the defeats at UPS Freight is the APWA done? Haven't seen too many comments from their loyal followers on these boards the last few days.
It is something! Hoffa sr. did everything he did to build the teamsters in numbers and strenght and while everything wasnt 100% legit, he cared about the members and the teamsters union itself. Now here we are decades later and his son has just broken the teamsters union, not today but this is another step by jr to revenge his fathers death.(my opinion) He derailed red star, over nite and now has sold out all by allowing ups to buy out of cs. Now i know theres alot of different views on the cs pension and this is my view.(not debating the crisis in cs) But with this landmark deal he has just broken the unity of the teamsters union, from freight and ups. I have roughly 16 years left and i was just talking with some other stewards on this and realized that when i plan on retiring the teamsters will most likely not exist and what will my rettirement future hold? This is a sad week for organized labor, from the uaw now to the ups teamsters contract. Hoffa i do believe your intentions were to break the teamsters and now we know after this deal you will never get re-elected so i hope they never find your fathers remains! May you rot in hell if this is true!This sums up their views of the recent news. Copied this from their website.
It’s October 01 & YOU’VE JUST BEEN “DONE”
When we announced we would create a single employer pension plan for UPS employees we heard it said that:
It is not possible to exit a multi-employer pension plan.
It is not possible to go from a multi-employer pension plan to a single employer plan.
UPS will never pay the money necessary to leave the Central States Plan unless Hell freezes over.
Well guess what, ice skates are being handed out in Hell today with the announcement that UPS will pay $6.1 BILLION dollars to exit a multi-employer plan and go to a single employer plan.
When we announced that Hoffa would “SELL YOU TO UPS LIKE A SLAB OF BEEF at the supermarket” we heard people say that they could trust Hoffa to never give them up to the company.
Well guess what, YOU’VE JUST BEEN GIVEN UP to the company.
The only thing open to discussion when we made that statement was the amount of the selling price. Now we know.
Question: What do you think Hoffa had to give UPS to get $6.1 BILLION?
Question: Do you think that whatever it was will impact Hoffa or any of his pony crowd? Question: Do you think that the common worker will pay the price in order for Hoffa to keep his “anointed” position?
Question: Do you think your current bargaining agent, teamsters, will have any bargaining clout now that they no longer hold the big pit pension plan?
Question: Do you remember those years upon years and contracts upon contracts where we were pounded with the idea that the very existence of the teamsters depended on keeping control of that pension money?
ANSWER-HOFFA’S DERRIER HAS BEEN SAVED AND YOURS HAS JUST BEEN “DONE”. KY anyone?