With Val Holstrom leading the charge in Local 690 to undermine members, via robocalls deceiving members that a yes vote means a retroactive check will be on it’s way, and a record amount of deceiving postcards with pictures of fists with dollars in hand, Local 690 Business agents and officers are breathing a sigh of relief. Their efforts of spending our dues money to sell a contract that nearly eliminates pension contributions for Part-time UPSers for the first 3 years of the contract, using that money to pay for less healthcare than Part-timers have had to now.
With a year of negotiations under their belt, Teamster officials all over the country try to sell members on the worst UPS contract in history, with few gains, and the poorest Teamsters in the United states, taking the hit with healthcare cuts. That’s right, the poorest Teamsters in the nation are UPS Teamsters who are hired on at UPS Part-time, and suffer for up to 12 years being guaranteed only 3.5hrs per day… and they’re taking the hit.
In June 2013, the first tally began, ending with 18 supplements to the UPS contract going down, many by large majorities of members voting no. Teamster officials in DC were stunned, but quickly undermine members power by extending the contract indefinitely, rather than going back to the bargaining table to negotiate a better contract. The sellout has continued with Union officials spending over $600 per member to get a yes vote. In the Southwest, Teamster officials spent over a million dollars to get the largest group in the Western Supplement to change their vote to a yes on the Southwest Rider and the Western Supplement, both of which were voted down by members in June.
Below is a regional breakdown of the vote:
Seattle Area Local 174, (756-Yes, 100 No)
Spokane Local 690, (137-Yes, 127-No)
Yakima Local 760, (71-Yes, 1-No)
Pasco Local 839, (45-Yes, 0-No) Correct, zero people voted No in Local 839
Hermiston Local 670 (56-Yes, 12-No) The only region where the no vote INCREASED…