UPS Open Starting with Night Sort Shifts

The State and City have opened the roads.  UPS will no longer be under emergency closure starting with sort shifts tonight. 

Be safe and report to work.



UPS Closed as of Midnight

Monday, Jan. 26:  New York State has declared a State of Emergency. For all local and state roads, a travel ban will go into effect at 11 p.m in the following 13 counties: Bronx, Dutchess, Kings, Nassau, New York, Orange, Putnam, Queens, Richmond, Rockland, Suffolk, Ulster, and Westchester.

Effective midnight, UPS will be closed. Unless otherwise notified by the company, employees should not report for their Tuesday shifts.

The Emergency Closing language in our contract is in effect. 
Click here to read the Emergency Closing language under Article 15 on page 242.


Don’t Give Away Your 8-Hour Guarantee

IB ImageUnder the union contract, every full-timer or Teamster assigned to full-time work has the right to eight hours of pay. 
Some in UPS management have been spreading the rumor that you have lost your 8-hour guarantee. 
That is not true. 
Your 8-hour guarantee remains in effect and it is up to all of us to enforce it.
An arbitrator recently issued a decision on a case concerning Christmas Eve 2011. That night, UPS managers had a number of drivers sign a waiver giving up their   8-hour guarantee.
Management's actions on Christmas Eve clearly violated the contract which does not allow individual members to waive their contractual rights. But the arbitrator ruled that members can opt out of their 8-hour guarantee if they voluntarily sign away that right.  
This arbitration decision is outrageous. But fortunately, it does not affect your right to an eight-hour guarantee.
Know Your Rights:
* You have the right be paid for a minimum of eight hours every time you punch in as a full-time employee or as a part-timer who has been assigned full-time work
* Management cannot coerce you or any member into waiving this guarantee.
* Enforce your 8-hour guarantee. Don't give up your money or your contract rights.  Make UPS pay you the money you deserve. 
Click here to read a letter from Tim Sylvester to UPS management on the arbitration decision and your right to an 8-hour guarantee.  


Say No to Congressional Sneak Attack on Pensions

Local 804 President Tim Sylvester is speaking out against a dangerous attack on Teamster pensions.

In a sneak attack, Congress may attach an amendment to the budget bill that would allow some pension funds to drastically cut the pensions of Teamsters who have already retired. 

Rest assured, the pensions of Local 804 retirees are 100 percent safe.  Our pension fund has over $1 Billion in assets and would not be subject to the pension cut provisions of the proposed legislation. Local 804 is implementing pension increases, not cuts.

But the pension of every Teamster and retiree is a sacred promise. It is outrageous that Congress would gut long-standing legal protections to retiree pensions in a last-minute attachment to a budget bill.

That's why Local 804 is adding our voice to unions and pension rights organizations across the country who are opposing any Congressional sneak attack on our pensions.

Read President Tim Sylvester's letter to Senator Charles Schumer and Senator Kirsten Gillibrand.

Learn more about this issue from the Pension Rights Center.

Speed Limit Changing to 25 MPH on Nov. 7

 Attention New York City Drivers!

 Be aware that the speed limit in NYC is changing to 25 MPH on Nov. 7, unless posted otherwise.

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Contract Campaign Delivers More Full-Time Jobs

Part-Timers are moving into Full-Time positions.

IB ImageBy sticking together, we won 150 new full-time jobs—including the new full-time combination helper position.

These combo jobs consist of working the preload and then going out as a helper—or going out as a helper and then working on the night sort.

Part-timers are bidding into these jobs and moving into the full-time ranks.

At the end of the four-year progression, these full-time positions will pay $30.64.

Management shorted many of these members in their new paychecks—but we’re taking grievance action and winning the pay that members deserve.
United, we win!


IB Image“Having a full-time job at UPS means I don’t have to work multiple jobs. It’s definitely a positive step for me and my family.”
Sean Santiago




IB Image“It’s excellent that more of us are getting the chance to go full-time. My hours work for me. I appreciate learning new skills and making higher pay too.”
Anthony Pearson

A Strong Pension for a Secure Retirement

Our pension benefits are moving in the right direction and so is our Pension Fund.

For the first time in Local 804 history, the assets in our Pension Fund have topped $1 billion.

When your Executive Board took office, the Local 804 Pension Fund had $647 million in it.

Today, your Pension Fund has over one billion, eighty-four million dollars in assets.

Together, we’re winning strong pensions and a secure retirement for Local 804 members.

IB Image“As a long-time and proud Teamster, I was able to retire with $300 more in my pension thanks to Tim and our Board. They took the fight to UPS and won a $4,000 pension and our first increase in more than a decade.”
   Phil Campanella
   Retired Shop Steward, Foster Avenue

Contract Enforcement Pays

Why are these Teamsters smiling?

IB ImageBecause they filed grievances against supervisors working and seniority violations at 43rd Street and came away with extra money in their pocket.

Contract enforcement pays.

To find out more about how to file winning grievances, talk to your shop steward or business agent or check out the contract enforcement tips at

Wilson Medina and Trevor King flash their grievance checks.

Victories for Members at USIS

Arbitration Win Lands 5% Payday for Members

IB Image“New management tried to side-swipe us and refuse union pay and coverage for our part-timers.

“With the union’s help, we took the case to arbitration and won for these members.

“We’re moving in the right direction.”
    Doranna Freeman
    USIS, Steward


America has always been a country of immigrants.

Local 804 members at the United States Invesitgations Services (USIS) work on the front lines, processing identification cards for immigrants and U.S. residents who aren’t citizens.

When management at USIS tried to deny union rights and union pay to one group of employees, Local 804 took action—and won.

An arbitrator ruled the workers had the right to be Local 804 members. They came away with a five percent pay increase, including retro increases and a bonus.

Members at USIS won a new contract with 2 percent wage increases every year.

New Contract Books are Here

IB ImageThe 2013-2018 UPS Contract books have arrived from the International Union. The contract books include the National Master Agreement and the Local 804 Supplement.  

Every Local 804 member has a right to a copy of your contract. Talk to your business agent or steward to get your copy.

We have also posted the contract online to help members with contract enforcement.

Click here to read the National Master Agreement.

Click here to read the Local 804 Supplement.

It's our contract. Let's enforce it!

United We Won!

Local 804 members won the best contract supplement in the country, including a $4,000 pension, 150 full-time jobs, and grievance procedure reform.

Local 804 members made it happen by by mobilizing a contract campaign and standing up to the company. A new video tells the story.

Upcoming 804 Meetings

General Membership Meeting
Sunday, October 26, 2014 - 10:00 am
Plattduetsche Restaurant
1132 Hempstead
Franklin Square, NY 11010

Shop Steward Meeting
Saturday, October 18 - 10:00 a.m.
Local 804 Union Hall 

34-21 Review Ave.
Long Island City, NY 11101