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.
I'm Back to Work!
“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