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UPS Fires Hundreds Of Workers Who Defended Colleague
« on: April 06, 2014, 11:52:16 AM »
UPS, one of the world’s largest shipping and logistics companies, has decided to fire 250 workers who staged a 90-minute protest in February. The protest was organized after a long-time employee was fired over an hours dispute.

Twenty of the workers were notified of their dismissal on Monday. The remaining 230 were told they would be fired as soon as replacements are trained.

The workers, who are based in Queens, N.Y., walked off the job when Jairo Reyes, a 24-year company veteran and union activist, got in a dispute with the company over the number of hours senior staff could work, according to the New York Daily News.

Reyes was fired on February 14 — “that was my Valentine’s Day gift from UPS,” Reyes told the Queens Courier — and the ensuing protest occurred February 26.

A UPS spokesperson confirmed the firing to the Huffington Post, referring to the protest as “an unauthorized work stoppage.”

“We simply cannot allow employee misconduct that jeopardizes our ability to reliably serve our customers and maintain order in our delivery operations,” UPS spokesperson Steve Gaut wrote in an email to HuffPost. “For this reason, the company is releasing employees involved in the work stoppage.”

The Queens workers are represented by the local branch of the Teamsters union. In a statement on their website, they describe the firings as “arbitrary discipline.”

“UPS’s actions this week were a heartless attack on drivers and their families,” the Teamsters Local 804 wrote.

Local officials and union representatives have demanded that UPS rehire the workers and that the city revoke the millions in New York government contracts currently awarded to the company.

UPS also “receives millions of dollars every year in reduced fine and fees for parking tickets,” according to NYC Public Advocate Letitia James, who will protest alongside the Teamsters at New York City Hall Thursday.

Update 4/3: Thursday, a UPS spokesperson informed The Huffington Post that the contract between UPS and the Teamsters includes a no-strike clause. Management at the Maspeth facility, where employees worked, warned the employees as they were leaving that their jobs were at risk, the spokesperson said. The Teamsters did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

By Kevin Short, www.huffingtonpost.com

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Re: UPS Fires Hundreds Of Workers Who Defended Colleague
« Reply #1 on: April 06, 2014, 12:37:50 PM »
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includes a no-strike clause.

Yet that did it anyways...I have to agree with UPS on this one... :shrug:

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Re: UPS Fires Hundreds Of Workers Who Defended Colleague
« Reply #2 on: April 06, 2014, 12:42:56 PM »
Yet that did it anyways...I have to agree with UPS on this one... :shrug:

Me, too! I like to get my packages on time, and don't like a bunch of losers preventing that. I have always had  good feelings toward UPS, and once these union goons get their way, they will demand more, and we will get less.

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Re: UPS Fires Hundreds Of Workers Who Defended Colleague
« Reply #3 on: April 06, 2014, 12:48:14 PM »
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“UPS’s actions this week were a heartless attack on drivers and their families,” the Teamsters Local 804 wrote.
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Re: UPS Fires Hundreds Of Workers Who Defended Colleague
« Reply #4 on: April 06, 2014, 03:20:45 PM »
UPS has the flat out worst ground service in the nation, even compared to the US Post Office, and God help your package if it has to go through the UPS hub in and around Chicago.  It is a black hole where they lose whole trailers for a week or more at a time.

The free market will take care of this....



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