Led by NYC Public Advocate Letitia James, more than a dozen State and City leaders rallied on the steps of City Hall this morning with Local 804 members to call on UPS to immediately rescind the terminations of the 250 Teamster drivers in Queens.
“We're asking UPS to do right by the workers who have built this company and to do right by the customers who depend on these workers everyday,” said Local 804 President Tim Sylvester. “UPS should take back the terminations and resolve this through dialogue and negotiations—not intimidation tactics."
Teamster Joint council 16 President George Miranda led a contingent of union leaders who were there to show their support from Teamster locals, the Transport Workers Union, the New York State Nurses, SEIU 32-BJ, the Laborers, and the Communication Workers of America.
"At a time when good jobs are becoming more and more difficult to come by, it is unconscionable that UPS workers are being fired for standing up for basic workplace rights," said Vincent Alvarez, President of the New York City Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO. "We stand behind our union brothers and sisters as they continue the fight to keep their jobs."
The Rally and Press Conference was organized with the help of the Working Families Party which has help galvanize community support and political backing for our fight for justice at UPS.
Scott Stringer, who as NYC Comptroller is the elected official in charge of all city contracts, is the latest high-ranking public official to stand with Local 804 members.
At risk for UPS is a $43 million contract the company has with the State of New York and a sweetheart deal UPS has with the City that cuts its parking fines by millions every year. The Department of Finance's "stipulated fine" program has cut UPS's parking ticket costs in NYC from $20 million a year to just $1 million a quarter now.
"I do not understand who at that company put forward a business plan to take away a generation of good will between UPS and City of New York," Stringer said.
"The termination of 250 employees is an extreme reaction to drivers who have consistently produced positive results for UPS” said Queens Borough President Melinda Katz. “This excessive disciplinary action is not only an unacceptable attack on the union and its hardworking members, but I believe it also disrupts the ability of UPS to effectively serve our communities."
Local 804 thanks all of the elected leaders for their support today, including: State Senator Tony Avella and Council Members Liz Crowley, Rory Lancman, Mark Levine. Daneek Miller, Corey Johnson, Costa Constantinides, Donovan Richards and Ben Kallos.