UPS pilots asked for concessions we are next?

Discussion in 'UPS Airline / Gateway' started by happyboy, May 28, 2009.

  1. UpstateNYUPSer

    UpstateNYUPSer Well-Known Member


    Would you classify this as a concession?
     
  2. Braveheart

    Braveheart New Member

    Great point. I would be willing to give up the next couple of raises for some work rule protections, more protections from harassment/excessive supervision, more 8 hour day requests, less abuse of the helpers ahead of our part time workers and cover drivers, extra vacation, more flexibility with converting vacations to individual days off, 1/2 day pay actuals or ability to work Saturdays to make up for missing a day for Dr appointment, stop the changing out of our trucks, start times, satellite routes etc etc, a stronger grievance process, stronger penalties for violating seniority, more flexibility with lunch like extending it for Dr appointment on area or right to code 5 if we need to skip it for family emergency, so on and so forth.

    They would save millions and millions of dollars if we skip the next couple of raises.
     
  3. BLACKBOX

    BLACKBOX Life is a Highway...

    Did anyone catch was a great benefit the UAW has worked out for their members in the event of a layoff?

    Its in their contract that the company will make up the difference they would lose after filing for unemployment. So they really won't lose a penny by being jobless.

    Really makes me think twice about those poor,poor unemployed auto workers.
     
  4. ups767mech

    ups767mech New Member


    The UAW has renegotiated their contract and im sure that isnt in the new one although i havent had the chance to read it yet.

    Funny thing is ........ THE COMPANY AGREED TO THAT.
     
  5. Catatonic

    Catatonic Nine Lives

    If the company goes bankrupt, then they will not get anything.
    Something for nothing is what it sounds like to me.
    Also, what percent of GM is owned by the Union now?
     
  6. Just Numbers

    Just Numbers Retired

    Some good points but, I fail to see a cost savings in the millions if people get extra vacation or 1/2 day pay for a dr. appt. Even if you work Saturday I believe those drivers cost UPS less. As to the part about converting vacations into days off (someone correct me if I'm wrong) I believe one of the weeks of vacation came from combining 3 sick days and 2 option days together. It seems they can't dispatch properly now, can you imagine what it would be like if 1/3 of the drivers called in to take a vacation day. You would be out till midnight!
     
  7. JonFrum

    JonFrum Member

    Originally Posted by CFLBrown

    Yes. Though a better term would be SELLOUT!

    Imagine paying five year's of dues and initiation fees to an organization so that they can get you 17.5 hours a week at minimum wage, and they negotiate away health care for the first year and a half!
     
  8. JonFrum

    JonFrum Member

    And that list of complaints is only a partial one.

    But I doubt the Teamsters will ever negotiate a Contract we can feel good about. UPS and the Teamsters have both been in business over a hundred years. They have been negotiating with each other for the better part of a century. Surely they could have gotten it right by now if they really wanted to.

    Each new Contract since 1982 has contained major concessions. Yet the Teamsters always tell us it is the Best Contract Ever, the negotiating team strongly recomends it, and the nationwide officers and Business Agents approve it unanamously. To them, we live in the best of all possible worlds --- thanks to them.

    And now we have the bad economy to contend with as well.
     
  9. Just Numbers

    Just Numbers Retired

    Good points but refresh my memory. Prior to 1982 we did not compete against FEDEX with Next Day Air and our only competition was was the Post Office which tended to self destruct anyway. There was no Roadway Pkg Express (FEDEX GROUND) so I guess my point is it is easier to get what we want in a contract if we have no competition.
     
  10. JonFrum

    JonFrum Member

    UPS had lots of competition back then, and major problems with government restrictions.

    R.I.P., REA Express [Bow head for moment of silence]
     
  11. bubsdad

    bubsdad "Hang in there!"

    My ex-wife and her dad worked at Chrysler. Both worked as much overtime as they could. She worked 7 days a week 12 hours a day. He worked double shifts. I use the term worked loosely. She started at 10pm and was done working by 2:30am. The rest of her 12 hours was spent playing dominos or whatever. Her dad started at 10pm and was done working by 4am. The rest of his 16 hours was spent at home because he had a buddy that would clock him out. If his buddy didn't work that day he would stick around and sleep until the bars opened then leave and go back to clock out. You people that are comparing the Teamsters to the UAW might as well be comparing hamburgers to filet mignon. Yeah, they're both unions but that's where the similarity ends.
     
  12. Just Numbers

    Just Numbers Retired

    Forgot about REA. Remember seeing that green truck parked at my last pickup stop. Driver always had his feet up and reading the newspaper. Then one day he wasn't there anymore. Before UPS...REA was the 800 pound gorilla in the room. Food for thought isn't it.
     
  13. anonymous6

    anonymous6 Guest

    I was wondering about this also. First the airline workers took huge cuts in their pensions and now the auto workers. Remember this in 2013 when UPS tries to convince us to leave our pension providers like they did in 1997.
     
  14. anonymous6

    anonymous6 Guest

    I agree . Concessions were granted so the Teamsters could organize UPS Freight and Fed-Ex.
     
  15. farmerbrown

    farmerbrown New Member

    Nicely said Braveheart. I would be happy to give up a raise for any of those things. Every time that we get a raise in Local 483, our insurance benefits (copays and amount covered) take a beating.
     
  16. trplnkl

    trplnkl 555

    One change I would really like to see is having an arbitrator present at all grievance hearings as they do in local 705.That would certainly speed up the process.
     
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  17. govols019

    govols019 You smell that?

    Nobody asked how my weekend at the river went? :(
     
  18. Catatonic

    Catatonic Nine Lives

    Damn, I'm sorry. How did it go?
     
  19. govols019

    govols019 You smell that?

    I found out I'm getting older. I think the skis will have to be retired. Every muscle in my body hurts.
     
  20. 705red

    705red Browncafe Steward

    The sitting arbitrator is only for discipline cases. Lets not forget that we do not have the gps language either.