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UPS Teamsters Rally In New York City ‘Kicks Off’ Contract Fight

Published Tuesday, August 2, 2022
by Teamsters News
UPS Teamsters Rally In New York City ‘Kicks Off’ Contract Fight

(QUEENS, NEW YORK) – Teamster-represented Workers at UPS in New York City rallied at the company’s Maspeth, Queens warehouse Tuesday (August 2nd) to demand raises and job protections.

The event, which was organized by Teamsters Local 804, coincides with many similar events across the country as the International Brotherhood of Teamsters - which represents 350,000 full- and part-time UPS Workers - launched the UPS Teamsters Contract Campaign, a one-year effort to inform and mobilize Members to win the strongest possible contract at UPS. 

Teamsters Local 804 is holding events at 14 UPS facilities in New York City and Long Island this week.

The campaign launch comes one year before the UPS National Master Agreement - the largest Collective Bargaining Agreement in the U.S. - is set to expire on July 31st, 2023.

UPS Teamsters are united in the fight to end excessive overtime, eliminate the two-tier wage 22.4 job classification, increase part-time pay and the number of full-time jobs, improve job security for Feeders and Package Drivers, address safety and health concerns around heat illness, and provide stronger protection against company harassment.

The kick-off of this historic contract fight also coincides with the 25th anniversary of the successful 1997 UPS Teamsters Strike, when 185,000 Members struck the company.

Beginning this week, and in the weeks and months to come, Teamster Representatives and Stewards at hundreds of UPS facilities across the country will be conducting site visits and delivering informational resources to UPS Teamsters.

“UPS Teamsters are united and ready to mobilize in the fight for the best contract ever negotiated at UPS,” Teamsters General President Sean O’Brien said. “UPS would not have its billion-dollar profits without hard-working Teamsters.  Our message to UPS is that it's time our contract reflects the essential work of our Members.  The Teamsters are resolved to win a strong contract by (August 1st, 2023) and we won’t extend negotiations by a single day.  We’ll either have a signed agreement that day or be hitting the pavement.”

UPS Teamsters delivered an unprecedented volume of packages during the Coronavirus Pandemic for businesses to run smoothly and families to safely shelter at home, and still continue to work around the clock in 10-to-12 hour shifts and under punishing conditions - like extreme heat.

The Workers’ dedication to the company drove UPS’s net profits to $11.2 billion in the last two years alone, yet the average UPS Worker is paid 600 times less than UPS CEO Carol Tome, Union Officials said.

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