Culture of bullying has UPS workers ready to strike

Culture of bullying has UPS workers ready to strike

United Parcel Service union workers across the country have voted in favor of a potential strike.

The Teamsters Local 249 president in Pittsburgh said there is a culture of bullying, and that sticking points include pay, a critical pension fund and a lack of full-time employment.

“UPS refuses to provide more full-time jobs, forcing the current full-time employees to work mandated overtime, all while being consistently harassed to deliver more packages in less time,” Teamsters Local 249 President Kevin Schmitt said in a statement to Channel 11 News.

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When it comes to pay, Schmitt said nearly 60 percent of employees in western Pennsylvania are part-time, receiving $10 per hour as a starting wage, with no healthcare for the year.

The union is proposing UPS pay employees $15 per hour.

Schmitt said the union is also fighting to save the pension promised to more than 1,100 employees in western Pennsylvania.

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While union workers have voted in favor of a strike, it hasn’t come to the point that they’ll be hitting the picket lines.

“This does not mean a strike is imminent. The reality is that UPS and the Teamsters have already reached tentative agreements, subject to ratification, on a wide variety of non-economic issues,” a statement from UPS said.

Union members and UPS officials are resuming negotiations Thursday.