65 Days Later

We walked in at midnight on New Year’s Day with one goal: Serving YOU.

On the Shop Floor and at the Gates

Last month, we ordered new Weingarten Rights cards for you to carry and have been distributing those at the gates while also signing up new members, gathering Feeder surveys regarding your experiences while using the Bendix/Wingman system (in order to build steam for our anti-Peloton platooning campaign), and ensuring every member we meet fully understands we are here to assist and how s/he can reach us. Over the course of the past few weeks, we’ve largely focused on shops in the most critical need of representation, blitzing those areas repeatedly during different times of the operation to drive our point home with management: We are not backing down.

New Steward Training

On March 2nd, Business Agents Andrew Reddell and Bobby Jach hosted our first New Steward Training Seminar, targeting the areas we identified as urgently needing Union involvement. Field Agent / Communications Director Kristan Turns led an exercise and discussion in signing up new members during orientation classes and encouraging coworkers to become more involved. President Perrier and Secretary Treasurer Romo attended as well, delivering helpful tips. Congratulations to all: Ruth Rich, Eugene Garcia, Jeff Winchester, Jess Davis, Alexander Dorsey, Chris Linton, Manuel Moreno, William Hale, Elizabeth Lopez, and Recording Secretary Debbie Jennings.

Contracts, Negotiations, Meetings, and Political Updates

Americold Brothers and Sisters, round two of negotiations begins March 11th. The contract has been extended through March 31st, with a third set of meetings also scheduled prior to that date. Business Agent Andrew Reddell reminds all Americold members in those facilities to focus on reaching out to coworkers to express the importance of supporting a solid contract by becoming engaged and active.

UPS Teamsters voted on supplemental agreements yesterday. Teamsters Local 89 reported:

Today votes were counted for three of the four remaining UPS supplements.


Local 243 members in Detroit voted 88.13% no.
Members in the Western PA supplement voted 96.42% no. Notably, the company actually offered a worse contract to Western PA members in this round than they did in the first vote.


Central PA members also voted no by 56.62%. Unfortunately, this was not a 2/3rds rejection and less than 50% of eligible members voted, so it is almost certain that the IBT will forcibly ratify this agreement as they have so many others.


These agreements, plus Local 804’s supplement which will be voted soon, are the last UPS agreements remaining across the country.

We support and respect our Brothers and Sisters throughout the voting and negotiation processes. Once these agreements are all ratified, UPSers can expect retroactive pay increase reimbursements dating back to August 1, 2018.

Week before last, legislative language was introduced in Austin that would allow public transportation vehicles with connected braking systems to decrease the legally afforded following distances. We are communicating with the Texas AFL-CIO and other local unions, state politicians, and the IBT about this alarming issue that could usher in Peloton’s ability to also begin platooning practices here. Last week, President Perrier and Kristan Turns met with the President of the Tarrant County AFL-CIO and staff to outline thoughts and solutions going forward. 767 Political Coordinator Scott Sexton will be addressing the matter with members before the General Membership Meeting on March 23rd in an 8:30am Organizing and Political Education Committee gathering at the hall. All interested members are encouraged to attend.

Our agents have had a very busy month between local hearings and preparations thereof, SRAPGC, Deadlock Panel, and National Panel. We have very exciting updates in those areas and will be bringing you that news shortly.

During the February meeting, we welcomed Sister Karen Berry, a longtime UPS DFW Combo, back to her Union Hall home. Karen suffered a life changing, medical setback last year and has been in recovery and rehabilitation for many months. President Perrier presented her with an embroidered blanket, and Sister Berry received a standing ovation. We love you, Karen, and are so glad to see you up and full of fight.

BAs Don Pontecorvo, Jeff Schenfeld, and Secretary Treasurer / BA Romo delivered a 25-plus-year jacket this week to our Brother Mario Rangel from UPS Dallas Package. Rangel is battling aggressive cancer at this time, and we have him heavily in our thoughts and warmly in our hearts. Please send positivity, love, and prayers to our Brother and his family. Rangel, we stand with you.

Stay Tuned. Stand Ready.

We have several opportunities in the works for members to become more involved in various committees and projects happening within our Local and alongside our labor partners that we’ll be posting about shortly. If you are not already following our social media accounts, check them out via the icons on this page (to the right on desk/laptop versions and below on mobile).

A Running Start

This administration hit the ground running full steam ahead at midnight on New Year’s Day and hasn’t taken a day off since. There is a lot involved in the changing of hands within a Local’s leadership and staff, and we have worked many long hours in order to achieve this goal in a timely, organized manner while simultaneously serving your ongoing needs.

Shop Visits: Can’t Stop/Won’t Stop! We Work for You.

With the transition team back at the office completing various support tasks, your agents were able to begin representing workers at job sites immediately. Here are just a few of those reports:

UPS Dallas, 5:30 am. Thanks to Eric King for creating informative literature for the members!

At the UPS Dallas Hub, Business Agent Aldo Trevino was able to return an off-the-clock employee back to work on the same day as his long-awaited hearing. Within the same facility, BAs spent hours observing necessary changes needed to improve work conditions, including many instances of supervisors working. This was addressed immediately with management and will continue to be reviewed and monitored.

Additionally, multiple BAs visited the UPS Independence Hub and observed the operation inside that facility. President Perrier and BA Jeff Schenfeld traveled to UPS Palestine to speak with employees there about what they would like to see going forward from our Local leaders and representatives.

Planning and Training to Secure Your Future

BA Andrew Reddell and Assistant BA Dan Williams welcomed Americold Stewards last week and began contract discussions for employees at those two facilities. Throughout the week, we’ve hosted various internal Americold meetings and have already started planning the tedious upcoming negotiation period. Former BA Brother Scott Sexton has provided assistance during this time, and we appreciate his support.

Longtime BA Richard Devries from Teamsters Local 705 training new BAs and Stewards from various work sites.

Business Agents, along with various Stewards who assisted during the transitional process (more training to follow shortly for all), attended a three-day, Friday-through-Sunday course led by Local 705’s Richard Devries. Brother Devries has served as a Business Agent for many years and has a decades-long history of activism with the Teamsters Labor Union. Many thanks to Brother Devries for sharing his knowledge with our Local.

A New Year, a New Direction

A New Beginning

As the clock struck midnight on January 1, 2019, your Executive Board Officers and transition team immediately began the process of swearing in the new leadership and assessing immediate needs. The team was so pleasantly surprised and encouraged to see many excited members who stopped by the Local to offer support and best wishes for the incoming administration. Here are some candid photos from that first morning. Brothers and Sisters, many thanks. We are looking forward to serving alongside each of all 9,000+ of you!