Tell UPS to Drop Ties with Anti-Worker ALEC

UPS has teamed up with Fed-Ex and other corporations to bankroll ALEC, the infamous organization that drafts model legislation promoted by anti-labor politicians to gut workers’ rights and attack working families.

IB ImageLocal 804 has joined a Teamster campaign to demand that UPS cut its ties with Alec.

ALEC is behind legislation to:

  • Misclassify employees as independent contractors so companies like FedEx can pay workers less.
  • Drive wages and benefits down.
  • Restrict your rights to claim workers’ compensation.
  • Weaken safety standards on roads and highways.
  • Automate package delivery using driverless vehicles.
  • Support right-to-work for less laws that weak unions and make it harder to negotiate good contracts.

ALEC is so controversial that more than 100 corporations have cut ties with the group, including Coke, Pepsi, Amazon, Google, McDonald’s, and even Walmart.

It’s time to ask UPS why it’s still in bed with an organization that writes, distributes and lobbies for laws that are solely designed to hurt working families.

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New Defensive Driving Course

  • Approved by the New York State D.M.V.
  • 10% Car Insurance Discount
  • Reduces up to 4 points on your license

We are pleased to inform our members that Local 804 has developed a program with the American Safety Council.

The program is an online course.

Once you are registered and you have started the course you will have 30 days to complete it.

This course is a minimum of 6 hours, and you can log in and log out at your own convenience.

We have obtained vouchers at the reduced cost of $17.00 each. Vouchers are available at the Union Hall or by request through your Union Representative. Vouchers must be paid in full by cash (please have the exact amount) and are non-refundable.

Part-Timers: Are You Having Problems With the TeamCare Health Plan?

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  • Getting dropped by your insurance after a 1 week absence
  • Lack of doctors in network
  • Lab expenses increased
  • Prescription, x-ray and eye-glass multi-cards that never arrive
  • No answer or no information when you call the 800 Teamcare line

During the last contract, the International Union moved all part-timers into TeamCare. 

James Hoffa and Ken Hall promised better benefits. But TeamCare has been a nightmare for many members.

Local 804 is giving you a chance to speak out directly to TeamCare reps and get answers to you questions. 

Meeting for Part-Timers with TeamCare Reps
Saturday, June 27
10:00 am
Local 804
34-21 Review Avenue, Long Island City, NY 11101

New Shop Steward Training

Saturday June 20, 10am to 1pm

Shop stewards are members’ front line of defense.  Local 804 is here to back you up and give stewards the tools they need to succeed. 

Local 804 is holding a training for all new shop stewards and alternates as well as those with two years of experience or less. Strong representation comes first at Local 804. We are continuing the tradition of keeping our Stewards well-informed. That's what training is all about!

Learn details of the Local 804 grievance procedure and how to use it to defend your members. Share proven strategies with other stewards and Business Agents.

The training will be led by James Kinney, an expert from the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service (FMCS).

The training will take place at Local 804, 34-21 Review Avenue on Saturday, June 20 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.  

Local 804 Loses a True Leader

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Pat Pagnanella, the former Secretary-Treasurer of Local  804, has passed away after a long illness.

Pat administered the Oath of Office when Ron Carey was sworn in as the first democratically-elected General President in the history of the Teamsters Union.

Local 804 members will remember Pat Pagnanella as a true leader who stood up to UPS and helped advance the cause of Teamster democracy and reform. He will be missed.

Spearing Funeral Home
155 Kinderkamack Road

Park Ridge, NJ 07656

Wednesday, May 27: 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m.
Thursday, May 28: Prayer Service at 10 a.m. Burial after prayer service. 

Video: Fighting for $15

Local 804 members joined workers, unions and community supporters across the city, and across the nation, in a day of action to demand living wages of $15 an hour.

Hear from Local 804 members about why they are joining the Fight for $15.

Local 804 Members Fight for $15

Local 804 members joined unions and community groups across the city and across the country today in a national day of action for higher wages called the Fight for 15

Check out more photos at www.facebook.com/teamstersloca804

The national UPS contract freezes starting pay for part-timers at $10 an hour. But we can fight for higher wages by organizing to raise the minimum wage. The Fight for $15 is taking up that cause.

Workers and community supporters organized Fight for $15 actions today in over 120 cities. Local 804 members joined in with five actions at UPS buildings. Members held rallies at UPS hubs in Brooklyn and Maspeth, Queens. At 43rd Street, Brush Avenue, and Nassau, members wore T-shirts calling for an increase in the minimum wage.  

In other Fight for 15 actions, workers, union activists and public supporters took to the streets in downtown Brooklyn and in Columbus Circle.

Thanks go out to Local 804 members who organized and participated in today’s actions and to the Working Families Party and elected officials for showing their support, including Assemblymember David Weprin and Felix Ortiz, and City Councilmembers Elizabeth Crowley, Maritza Davila, Alan Maisel and Jumaane Williams. 

Daily News: Local 804 Joins the Fight for $15

Local 804 members will join a city-wide day of action on Wednesday, April 15 to stand up for higher wages for UPS part-timers and all New Yorkers. Our message: it's time for a minimum wage of $15. Members will take action at UPS's four major hubs: with a rally at Foster Avenue in Brooklyn at 8 a.m. and worksite actions at Maspeth, 43rd Street, and the Nassau building too.  

Click the image below to read the complete coverage in the Daily News.

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Grievance Panel Reform

Unjustly fired members are getting back on the job faster thanks to the new grievance panel we won in the contract.

Local 804 members made unfair discipline and grievance procedure reform a priority in our contract campaign—and with good reason.

Under the old system, UPS could stonewall and create a backlog of discipline cases waiting to be heard by an arbitrator. A fired Teamster could be forced to wait a year or more before their case was heard.

Justice delayed is justice denied.

Under the new grievance panel, discipline cases are heard by a six-member panel with three representatives from the union and three from management. Deadlocked cases are decided by an arbitrator who sits in on each case and only votes to break a tie.

Under the new system, we’ve been able to cut through the backlog and get dozens of terminations resolved or reduced to suspensions.

New cases are being settled or heard—and members are getting back to work.

The best grievance system in the world won’t stop management from being management. We will always need to stick together to fight production harassment and unfair discipline.

There’s no substitute for following the methods and working safe and smart.

But the new grievance panel is a big step in the right direction. Just ask the nearly 100 members who have won their jobs back thanks to union action and our new grievance procedure.

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“I was discharged when the company said I lied about having an injury.

“Without the new grievance panel system, I would have been out of work for years and probably lost my job. But thanks to my steward and the new panel system, I’m back at work.”
Jose Rivera-Alvarado, Maspeth, Package Driver

Winning a Shot at Feeders

The pension hike we won in the contract is paying off in more ways than one. Not only are more people able to retire; more members are moving into the feeder department, too.

For years, it seemed like the feeder list was virtually frozen.

But with the new pension increase, a wave of feeder drivers moved to retire at the same time the company was expanding the feeder ranks.

More members are moving into feeders. In turn, that’s created more full-time opportunities in package too.

The old feeder list was exhausted and stewards and business agents canvassed full-timers and part-timers to make sure every Local 804 member had a chance to get on the list for a future feeder position.

IB Image“As a Feeder Driver, I have more time with my family and less stress on the job. Our strong pension is helping more members feel secure enough to retire and creating opportunities for us to move from Package to Feeder.”
Rene Duchatelier, Maspeth, Feeder

 

IB Image“I put my name on the Feeder List 19 years ago. Best move I ever made. I am thankful there was finally some movement on the list!”
Dirk Molin, Melville, Feeder

Taking Time Out to Help

"Trying to make things better for everybody, anyway I can."

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Package drivers know what it’s like to work bruising schedules that leave little time for family, let alone anything else. But Ted Mitchell—a 12-year package driver from Nassau—puts time in to volunteer in the community as a  youth basketball coach.

“I first started when my friend gave me a call 4 years ago and asked if I’d help out at practices,” says Ted. “And I’ve never stopped since.” He’s now head coach of the 15-year-olds Amateur Athletic Team, the NYC Jayhawks.

“It’s a big commitment,” Ted admits. Coaching in an all-volunteer and national league means a lot of his own money and energy go into travelling with the team and helping them play their best.

But the hard work and hours spent in the gym pay off when Ted sees the effect he has on his players. It means more than a game to him. “I love working with the kids,” Ted says, “teaching them how to carry themselves, how to play the game the right way and helping them get to the next level.”

Aspiring players come from as far away as Connecticut and South Carolina to play on the team. “But they don’t all come from the best of situations.”

Ted’s got to be ready to help them on and off the court. “I’ve got a player now from Puerto Rico living with me. He wanted to keep playing in our league and play high school ball in New York to try to get a college scholarship. He didn’t have anywhere else to live, so I took him in to help him along.”

“I’m just trying to make things better for everybody, anyway I can.”

Union Stops Pension Stonewalling

With union backing, Elane Marrow finally secured her pension and nearly $50,000 in retro pay.

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Elane Marrow worked as a return clerk at 43rd St. for almost 24 years until an injury left her unable to work.

When she put in for her disability pension, UPS administrators at the pension fund started playing games. They repeatedly rejected reports from her doctors and Social Security, delaying checks from her disability pension for years.

“I was afraid I’d become homeless,” Elane said, “I couldn’t work, so my boyfriend picked up 3 jobs so we could make ends meet.”

When pension plan administrators finally accepted Elane’s medical reports, she was told she’d finally get her first check. Then, they stalled again and told her she wouldn’t receive any checks for months.

That’s when Elane decided to call Local 804 President Tim Sylvester.

“Tim said he’d get right on it, and he did,” says Elane. In a matter of days the problem was solved.

Elane got her pension plus nearly $50,000 in retro payments, including pay for 4½ weeks of vacation she was owed.

“Tim did a fantastic job to help me,” Elane said.