Unpredictable UPS season ahead

Local 104
Report from Dustin Howell, business agent

PHOENIX – With peak season right around the corner. our UPS brothers and sisters should buckle up and hold on tight for what is going to be an unpredictable Christmas season. This year, more than usual, the volume spikes are out of control and trying to staff for them tends to be a challenge for both sides.

In our Mesa facility it’s a constant battle with layoffs and excessive overtime, which seems to be a comparison of apples to applies. There will be discussion in the near future about the issue of one center having too many drivers, while a center in another facility is short daily 10 or more drivers.

Hopefully, we can come to a conclusuion of how to handle this to avoid the shell game of sending driers to and from center to center for coverage.

Our stewards are growing and educating our members each day in the Mesa building. I’m proud of all their hard work. We are becoming a well-oiled machine.

In our Temple facility, it is a constant battle with supervisors performing bargaining work. Integrity now is in question with call logs, timecards and statements made by management about the “agreed to” process they are to follow for supervisors working. Unfortunately, all full-time package car drivers lose their excessive overtime rights through the months of November and December because of the holiday season. However, they are still protected through DOT laws of no more than 14 hours a day and no more than 60 hours in a week. Remember to work safe. Fatigue is a safety concern. I would like to thank our stewards in Tempe for their commitment to ensure our members protection.

In our Feeder department subcontracting is the ugly monster that we deal with through peak season. The company taking out sleeper, “long hau” runs and putting that volumen on the railways is the topic of discussion. It affects the majority of our California brothers and sisters, which, in turn, affects other locals’ corridor work. It’s a giant pendulum that starts in California, and eventually affects all the other smaller feeder networks. The company purchased Coyote Logistics and this new sister company allows UPS to have subcontractors at their figer tips, which in turn takes work away from Teamster employees.

I would like to thank our brothers and sisters out of Local 177 for their arbitration win on subcontracting. This decision will help all locals as a whole moving forward. I would also like to acknowledge the efforts of Stewards Maurice Nelson and Tony Nuetzman for their role of putting together our peak season run protest. Thank you both!

In closing it doesn’t matter the size of the town, facility or work force. To quote Mark Twain, “It’s not the size of the dog in the fight, it’s the size of the fight in the dog.” I recently visited my home town of Pinetop-Lakeside, Arizona, to put on a workshop for the UPSers. The breakfast turnout was amazing and the pride these Teamsters show not only for their local but also for their community is to be commended. I would like to recognize the following members for their devotion to our Teamster Family: Steward Bob Bartlett, Freddie Begay, Chris Sutton, Joe Lyman, Bob Slattery, Aaron Coor, Brian Rencher, Curtis Roberts, Ivan Doyle, and Stephen Aksamit. Thank you all for your Commitment.

Josh Graves, Warehouse Division
Penske Logistics —
Haggens Grocery Stores will soon be closing all their stores in Arizona. We were able to meet with the company on November 2 for effects bargaining where all the drivers will now have health insurance coverage until December 31, 2015, priority hiring, extended company seniority, sick leave paid out and guaranteed pay until the final lay off on November 24, 2015.

Ruan/Fry’s — The company has made a unilateral change to the agreement on the “boot policy.” The union has filed a grievance over this, as well as changes with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) for a unilateral change and bargaining in bad faith. The NLRB has deferred these charges regarding this issue to the union in which we have set an arbitration date for January 22, 2016.

US Foods — The union gave 72 hour cancelation notice to the contract extension agreement on October 21. We also have pending charges with the NLRB in which I hope to get a decision prior to this article coming out. The prior NLRB charges have been set for trial on December 1, 2015. The emergency meeting regarding the contract that was held on October 25 at the hall had great attendance, and we must remain united and strong. Please contact me if you have not signed up for the mass text on updates regarding a possible labor dispute.

Ruan/Holsum — We were able to negotiate with the company to agree to a monetary increase that will go into effect April 1, 2016, for the first drop/hook at the Holsum yard. We will sit down with the company to agree on the final amount prior to April 1.

Safeway — The company has notified everyone that they will be moving the work out to Alberson’s in about 18 months. The early talks between the company and union indicate that they will bargain over the consolidation with the union. Please be patient until we officially start this process. We will not have answers until this happens, but if you have any questions feel free to give me a call.

Southwest Ambulance — The pending NLRB board charges have been won by the union. Terms of the settlement, agreed to by Rural/Metro, will be posted. We are a small unit out there and the membership needs to stay focused and united.

Please remember there is about a one month delay before the Rocky Mountain Teamster is printed and things change constantly.

I would like to congratulate Tony Vasquez who retired with 28 years and Danny Gomez with 31 years, borth from Safeway.

Quotable Quote: “You have got to unite in the same labor union and political party and strike and vote together and the hour you do that, the world is yours.”
— Eugene V. Debs

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