On March 31, the company fired 20 of the 250 workers, walking them off the property at the end of their shift. According to
UPS spokesperson Steve Gaut, the fired
drivers were chosen at random out of the list of employees who had participated
in the protest.
Local 804 is fighting back against
UPS’s strong-armed tactics. On April 3, a press conference was
held on the steps of City Hall demanding that UPS reinstate the
drivers. Officers from the New York City Central Labor Council, TWU, SEIU
32-B, New York Nurses, and other unions, and more than a dozen elected
officials including NYC Public Advocate Letitia James spoke in support of the
Attention was called to the $43 million contract that
UPS has with the state of and a sweetheart deal the company
has with the city to pay pennies on the dollar for parking tickets (saving them
some $15 million a year). New York
Local 804 President Tim Sylvester said, “
UPS takes millions from the city and yet it’s going to
bankrupt 250 families just because our guys stood up for a fellow
worker.” All working people must rally in defense of the 250 fired UPS drivers. Their fight is our
fight. For more information go tohttp://teamsterslocal804.org/.
> The article above was written by Dave Bernt and is reprinted from Socialist Action newspaper.