Saying that UPS Teamsters can’t trust Hoffa, Hall or Sean O’Brien, Fred Zuckerman announced that Teamsters United will launch a national network to fight for a fair contract at UPS.
Yesterday, Hoffa appointed Sean O’Brien to replace Ken Hall as the Package Division Director and lead contract negotiator at UPS.
“UPS Teamsters voted for new leadership to fight for a strong contract. Instead, Hoffa is serving up a retread who screwed up the last negotiations and imposed weak contracts and concessions,” Fred Zuckerman said.
O’Brien coordinated supplemental contract negotiations in 2013, when a record 18 regional and local supplements and riders were rejected by the members.
The Vote No movement was the first message sent by UPS Teamsters that they’re tired of givebacks. The second message was sent when a clear majority of UPS Teamsters voted for the Fred Zuckerman Teamsters United slate in the International Union election.
“Hoffa still isn’t getting the message and he won’t get it, because he’s in bed with UPS management,” Zuckerman said.
O’Brien praised Hoffa and Hall and promised to “work closely with them” to develop the contract strategy at UPS.
“The Hoffa-Hall-O’Brien strategy is backroom deals and givebacks while management walks all over the membership,” Zuckerman said. “That’s surrender, not a strategy.”
“UPS and UPS Freight Teamsters are going to have to fight for ourselves,” Zuckerman said. “That’s why I’m announcing today that Teamsters United will form a national network of UPS and UPS Freight Teamsters to fight for a fair contract.”
The Teamsters United contract network will bring together local officers, stewards and members to set bargaining objectives at UPS and UPS Freight for the contract and supplements.
“We’re talking about more than defeating givebacks. UPS is making billions. Givebacks shouldn’t even be part of the discussion,” Zuckerman said. “We’re going to make UPS deliver a contract that has improvements, not concessions, or we will vote the contracts down until they get it right.”
The majority of Teamsters in the U.S. vote for Fred Zuckerman in the IBT election. The Teamsters United coalition is staying together to mobilize members to fight for strong contracts, take on corruption, run for local union office, and build an expanded coalition to rebuild Teamster power.
Teamsters United is holding a national conference call for supporters on Saturday, February 18 to talk about next steps.