JULY 2019 TEAMSTER HAPPENING
- The YRC/ USF Holland contract was finally ratified by the membership. Business Agent Steve Bishop who served on the YRC National Negotiating Committee as well as the Carolina Bi-State committee of which he chairs, has also been able to negotiate and ratify the ALL supplements including those of the City, Road, Automotive as well the Clerical and Janitorial contracts.
- We’ve also been able to bring the UPSF Clerks in the bargaining unit as well adding even more members.
- YRC: Warning letters protests - 353, Suspensions adjudicated - 119, Discharges adjudicated -38 & Complaints settled and paid to date equals over $10,000.
- USF Holland: Warning letters protests – 68, Suspensions adjudicated – 11, Discharges adjudicated – 1 & complaints settled and paid – $8,250.38
- UPS Freight: Warning letters protests -31, Suspensions adjudicated -4, Discharges adjudicated - 4
Complaints settled and paid - $1450.83. Have resolved more than 177 discharges and suspensions. All of this since January 2019
- Shop Steward nominations for the YRC and USF Holland will be conducted in accordance with Local Union Bylaws in the next few weeks.
- The UPS National Master and the Atlantic Area Supplement was finally ratified on April 29, 2019. The members received their first wage increase the second week of May and their retro check for back wages on July 3, 2019.
- The new Over 9.5 list has been established and is currently being used to eliminate excessive overtime.
- Charlotte Feeders is still in the process of adding new jobs and Q-list positions with Inside Employees first. However, they may again have to go to “off the street” hires to fill the need.
- FedEx recently announced their intent to eliminate their Smart Post service, which means UPS will have to eliminate their Sure Post service as well. Meaning 100’s of stops and packages will be coming back the UPS driver and taken away from the US Post Office. This will increase an ever growing need for more Package Car Drivers and the new Full-time 22.4 Hybrid drivers.
- We have been able to resolve over 39 off the job discharges and suspensions and returned the individuals to work.
- Even with the Company’s crack down on Over 9.5 issues, we have still won over $7800.00 in grievance settlement since January 2019.
- Construction on the new Charlotte West Building (Smart Hub) is continuing. The initial plan is to “temporarily” move several routes from the Arrowood and Rock Hill centers for Peak Season. Once the construction is completed in early 2020 a permanent “Change of Operations” will take place. This will affect most of our jurisdiction including the Charlotte Hub, Lake Norman, Rock Hill, Gastonia and Monroe centers.
White Paper Contract
- We are scheduled for contract talks with BlueLynx Distribution in July. Healthcare, Pension and increased wages are the main topics for discussion.
- The Local has completed filming on the Hallmark Project, “When Angels Land”. The movie will be aired on the Hallmark Channel in December 2019.
- The Local has completed filming on the Project, “The 24th”. This is a WWI era movie based on a true story about an African- American regiment, based in Texas, that was wrongfully accused and convicted of crimes during the war.
- We just completed a successful organizing campaign with Adams/ Oldcastle of Lilesville, NC with the help of our Joint Council Organizer. They delivery bags of concrete and supplies all across NC, SC, VA and TN. The NLRB just certified the election and we’ve sent a Demand to Bargain letter to the Company. We hope to start negotiation in the next few weeks. We also have several other organizing leads in the area as well.
We like to congratulate Devin D. Cox, son of Winston Cox, UPS pre-loader in Charlotte, NC and Gracie Rackcliff, daughter of Donnie Rackcliff, driver at USF Holland in Charlotte, NC for winning Local Union #71 Scholarship this year.