Local 170, our business agent appears to not exist. Our representation has long been a joke, with a complete lack of seniority acknowledgement in our building. No preferred jobs, supervisors calling emergency staffing as they please, and on and on. Here is the kicker: All I want is a union contract. Our steward had a handful to pass out many moons ago. Since, I have gone to our union hall every month only wanting an updated UPS/teamsters contract. Every month I am given a shrug, and no answer as to why they are not receiving additional stock, with no answer as to when they will remove heads from sphincter. Our business agent does not exist in the real sense. No one can get in contact with him. I have left many voice mails, as have others, asking for common courtesy in returning my call, and I have never heard a peep. There is a real problem here. So I ask, what can be done? I have contacted the national and was told to write a letter detailing the problem. Everyone here is fed up, so getting a few dozen letters will be easy. I do believe our BA is a figment of our locals imagination, conjured up by UPS personnel. I am thoroughly confused.. why can't someone above our BA tell him to pick his goddamn phone up. Better yet, why is he not in jail? He should be! Rather disgusting to have our dues money taken when this man is nearing retirement and is clearly OUT TO LUNCH! Fired, no pension, do not pass go, goodnight sweet prince. I thought the BA worked for the membership? How can we grieve WHEN WE DON'T HAVE CONTRACTS? Unravel that paradox if you can. Can anyone in New England send me a "new" contract? I will cover shipping + $10 out of pocket for your troubles. A pretty sad state of affairs... To the local 170 BA, you're pondfiller and you must..