Volume Up, Time to Demand More Driving JobsProfits aren’t the only things that are going up at UPS. The company predicts domestic volume will grow two to three percent in 2012. That’s two or three times the volume growth last year. Excessive overtime and production harassment are already at all-time highs. Will growing volume mean more jobs—or just more production harassment? President Hoffa and hall, our union’s Secretary-Treasurer and Package Division Director, told a conference call of UPS stewards in October that the company has agreed to review its dispatches and hire more drivers to match the number of drivers employed when volume was previously at this level. It’s time for Hoffa and hall to back up this talk with action. Teamsters in TDU’s Make UPS Deliver network are working together to hold Hoffa and hall to their promises and to demand that UPS hire more drivers to handle growing volume. UPS Profits Top $4.3 Billion UPS executives report the company hauled in more than $4.3 billion in profits after taxes in 2011. UPS’s profits for the Fourth Quarter were $1.25 billion. These figures do not include a $527 million surcharge because of an accounting change in the way UPS tracks its pension expenses. Including the accounting change, UPS made $725 million in the fourth quarter and $3.8 billion for the year. UPS predicts that profits will grow 9 to 15 percent this year. That could bring profits this year close to $5 billion. Fighting for Full-Time 22.3 Job Creation Membership action has started to pay off. After stonewalling, the IBT and UPS finally started settling grievances and creating some 22.3 jobs in some locals. But the IBT still can’t say how many Article 22.3 jobs are filled nationally—and how many UPS still has to create to be in compliance with the contract. We need to make sure that UPS fills and maintains every single one of the 20,000 full-time 22.3 jobs it owes Teamster members under the contract. Teamsters for a Democratic Union has successfully helped UPS Teamsters across the country to win full-time 22.3 in their locals. Want help winning 22.3 jobs in your local? Click here to send a message to TDU and we’ll get in touch with you about next steps. MakeUPSDeliver.org is independent of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, does not reflect its views and is often critical of its policies. The Make UPS Deliver network works jointly with Teamsters for a Democratic Union, our union's national rank-and-file reform movement.