Shoptalk: October 27, 2020

The Political Heart of the Working Class

By Ryan Boyd, Day Ramp Steward

With the US presidential election around the corner it’s probably worth saying a few words about where workers' rights fit into the political equation. First, it’s undeniable that unions are political. The beginnings of the modern union movement can be traced back to a time when people had virtually no rights in the workplace, and the gradual attainment of rights was only possible through struggle.

Breast Cancer Awareness: "That mammogram saved my life."

My name is Wendy Kudless. My husband Stephen is a proud 17 year Local 623 member out of Oregon Ave. Here is my story: As soon as I turned 40, I went to get my first mammogram. No issues, good to go. 2nd mammogram, not so much. 

UPS Teamsters Know Split Wages, Split Unions!

MONDAY, OCTOBER 19, 2020 – At 6:30 AM near Front and Oregon Avenue Teamsters Local 623 members gathered around a 15 foot tall inflatable that the Union calls "Concessions the Cat." The Union is protesting a new policy at UPS that will raise the wages of newly hired temporary workers at one facility without providing raises to any other workers. "Split wages, split unions!" shouted Business Agent Tom "Tiny" Callan alongside UPS tractor-trailer drivers, package car drivers, and warehouse workers.

UPS has posted soaring stock prices and billion dollar profits, but the Company has refused to provide hazard pay or raise wages for Union members who have worked through the pandemic.

UPS Picket Next Week

For months UPS has denied the workers' demands for hazard pay or other incentive pay for those who have worked through the pandemic. The pandemic has been hard on workers who have had to work longer hours, move more packages, and make more delivery stops than before. As a result of their hard work and commitment –– even at the risk of their own health –– UPS stocks have soared and the company has posted over a billion dollars in profit for back-to-back quarters.

Now they have decided to skip these workers over for raises.


Feeder Update

ATTN: UPS Feeder Drivers. As many of you know the Union has submitted a Change of Operations grievance to appeal the decision of the Company to break-up the Feeder seniority list. Read here for more information on the ongoing negotiations concerning Feeder operations. 

Over 100k in 9.5 Grievances Won

UPS Teamsters have now won over $100,000.00 in penalty pay for 9.5 grievances. As the Company continues to violate the contract our members will continue to enforce their rights. If you are a driver on the 9.5 list and have worked more than 9.5 hours any three days in a week make sure to get with your shop steward to file a 9.5 grievance and get paid.

Parking Lot Meetings: Thurs, October 8 at 8:30AM

THURSDAY October 8, 8:30AM

ATTENTION MEMBERS! Your Stewards and Business Agents would like to invite you to a UNION MEETING. These parking lot meetings can help members better understand their rights on the job, allow members to discuss shared workplace concerns, and organize to ensure all our sisters and brothers are protected.

At this meeting Business Agents will report on updates from the General Membership Meeting and ongoing union business. 

Contact your Steward or Business Agent for more information.

Steward Election: Twilight Building Shift

Due to the growth of the shift and the fact that no steward has been exclusively assigned to this work area Local 623 will hold a steward election for Twilight Building Shift on October 22, 2020.



Jurisdictional Dispute Update

Teamsters Local 623 has requested a hearing from Joint Council 53.

Feeder Meetings October 2

ATTN: UPS Feeder Drivers, virtual meetings are scheduled this Friday, October 2 at 9:00 AM and 9:00 PM to discuss the recent change of operations notification. 


Please make every effort to attend.