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