Do the Math

        Have you ever gone into the office to represent a driver and had your manager whip out the calculator and start pounding in numbers. He’ll say this poor slob of a driver is not using the methods and he’s not keeping his nose to the grindstone and he’s costing the center money instead of making the center money. The manager will have a stack of reports to back up his claim: the WOR showing the driver is over allowed; Sparky, showing which stops the driver wastes time at; previous OJS rides showing demostrtated levels of performance and so on. Take charge
        But the ultimate hammer is the calculator. If the guy is 2 hours over and that’s at the OT rate of $42.25, then he’s literally stealing $84.50 from the company every day. That’s $422.50 per week. Or almost $22,000 a year. If 50,000 drivers did this, that’s……oh my God, all the profit the company makes!! We can’t afford to have you around, you’re going to bring down the whole company! This justifies a 3 day ride and all future harassment…just look at these numbers! 
        But there is some math that managers never do. How about these numbers. Let’s say this poor slob of a driver comes in every day and spends just 15 minutes in his car before his start time looking for misloads and checking out his Next Day Air. That’s 15 minutes he doesn’t have on the end of his day where it would be paid at the OT rate. That’s one and a quarter hours per week at $42.25 or $52.82. Or almost $2700 a year. If the guy works 25 years, he has given the company $68,000 in free labor by looking over his load every morning for just 15 minutes a day.
        Let’s say he also skips his lunch. That’s 5 hours a week at $42.25, or $211.25 a week. That’s $11,000 a year that the company gets in free labor. Let’s say 20,000 drivers are skipping their lunch everyday. That’s…..well it’s a lot of money every year in free labor that UPS is getting. Then there is the tax savings for them because they don’t have to pay Federal or State tax on that amount. The savings to UPS are huge.
         But managers never do that math in the office. Stewards need to do that math and have it written in the back of their contract book so they can quote it. We can crunch numbers just as well as they can.
        Fight fire with fire.

My Normal Delivery Day in Colorado

This is a normal delivery day in the great plains of Colorado. When I messaged the OMS that I might need to evacuate, she told me to be safe.

Working 50 Years of One Hour’s Pay !

Some hedge fund managers made over a billion dollars [in 2007]. Hedge fund manager John Paulson, who made a clever bet against subprime mortgages, made close to $4 billion.

How much is 4 billion dollars? If you work as a sales clerk in a retail store, you’d have to work 200,000 YEARS to make 4 billion dollars. If you have a steady $50,000 a year job as a laborer and work for 50 years, in all that time you’d make as much as the hedge fund manager gets in one hour at the office.

4 billion dollars would pay a year’s salary for ALL the public school teachers in New York City.

Yet this money goes to one individual.

When something goes wrong with hedge funds or others in the finance industry, executives still collect their bonuses. But think how much you’ve heard about how teachers’ unions are one of the big problems with education today, standing in the way of efficiency. Think how much you’ve heard about auto workers being the problem in their industry—when they work for decades to earn what this one hedge fund guy takes in in an hour. And at least auto workers produce cars instead of the economic crisis that’s been the major thing to come out of Wall Street recently.

It’s time for the traditional media to take a hard look at their assumptions about profitability and fair wages, to recognize that working people are not the problem.

Main Street

Lawsuit Filed To Stop Union ‘Blitzing’

DENVER — Just as voting is set to begin on a new union contract, King Soopers is accusing union representatives of disrupting business and intimidating workers by sending groups of union representatives into stores to talk to workers.

In a complaint filed in federal court this week, the supermarket chain claims the union is sending groups of representatives, many of them dressed in black union t-shirts, into stores to talk to workers on the job and hand out union fliers and buttons, a practice the company said is known as “blitzing.” King Soopers asked a federal judge to step in and stop the practice both for the current round of talks and in the future.

U.S. District Judge Robert Blackburn said Friday he would consider the issue during a hearing next Thursday, two days after workers finish voting on the contract. That leaves the union free to keep talking to workers ahead of the vote. Denver area workers are set to vote Monday and Colorado Springs workers will vote Tuesday.

In previous negotiations, Mulligan said union representatives have checked in with store managers and waited to talk to employees on their breaks in the employee lounge. “Union representatives, who are often fellow employees, have a contractual obligation to talk to grocery workers, and we have not had any problems with Safeway and Albertson’s,” union lawyer Crisanta Duran said.

 Lawyers for King Soopers said the aim of blitzing is to disrupt business and intimidate workers and customers.

“While at the facility, defendants have hindered and disrupted operations, threatened, intimidated and coerced employees and staff and the public, and acted in ways that are not peaceful. Defendants interrupt employees who are working, go into non-public areas and pass out union fliers and pins,” lawyers said in the complaint.

FedEx Readies Campaign against UPS over Labor Bill

NEW YORK — FedEx Corp. is set to launch a multimillion dollar marketing campaign on Tuesday against chief rival UPS Inc., arguing the world’s largest shipping carrier is the driving force behind a bill that would make it easier for FedEx workers to unionize.

The bill currently before Congress would switch FedEx to the jurisdiction of the National Labor Relations Act from the National Railway Labor Act. The Railway Labor Act allows workers to organize, if all workers vote on a union at the same time. That has been a roadblock to unions that could not afford nationwide organizing campaigns.

If FedEx Express workers were to be reclassified under the National Labor Relations Act, they could organize one terminal at a time.

FedEx’s nearly 5,000 pilots are the company’s only employees that currently have a union. The company has a total work force of 290,000. UPS has about 425,000 workers; more than half are union members. Most of UPS’ unionized workers are members of the Teamsters.

FedEx says that UPS will benefit from the legislation because it could potentially drive up costs for its closest competitor. FedEx also argues that more unions would mean a greater chance of work slowdowns or strikes.

UPS didn’t immediately comment on the FedEx campaign.

“It’s nothing but a back door attempt to make us less reliable,” FedEx’s Director of Corporate Communications said in a recent interview with The Associated Press. “It’s a legislative bailout for a profitable company.”

FedEx also warns that shipping rates for consumers will “skyrocket” if the change is made.

FedEx plans to launch a Web site on Tuesday called “,” referring to UPS’ nickname, “Big Brown.” It will urge consumers to contact their legislators and speak out against the proposed change. The site is part of a multimedia effort, including videos and TV commercials, that will be launched over an unspecified period.

“America relies too much on the reliability and dependability of its overnight-delivery network, and we can’t allow this bailout to pass only because UPS can’t compete in today’s marketplace,” Lane wrote in marketing materials for the campaign.


Buy American Made Products

Let’s All Do This ….A Great idea!!

In our current economic situation, every little thing we buy or do   … affects someone

else and perhaps even their job. So, after reading this email, I think it   is on the right track. Let’s all do it!! “My grandson likes Hershey’s candy.  It is all marked made in Mexico now.  I do not buy  it any more.


My favorite toothpaste Colgate is made in Mexico now, so I have switched to Crest….USA.     You have to read the labels on everything. This past weekend I was in Kroger Grocery store. I needed 6 light bulbs and Bounce dryer sheets. I was in the light bulb aisle and  right next to the GE brand that I usually buy, there was an off brand

labeled, “Everyday Value.” I picked up both   types of bulbs and compared the stats – they were the same except for the price.    The GE bulbs cost more money than

the Everyday Value brand but the thing that  surprised me the most was the fact that GE was made in MEXICO and the Everyday  Value brand was made in the USA by a company   in Cleveland , Ohio!


On to another aisle – Bounce Dryer Sheets….you guessed it, Bounce cost more money and is made in Canada . The Everyday Value brand was less money and MADE IN THE USA! I did laundry yesterday and the dryer sheets performed

 exactly like the Bounce Free   I have been using for years and at almost half

the price! So my challenge to you is to start reading the labels when you shop for everyday things and see what you can find that is made in t he USA – the job you save may be your own or your neighbors! If you accept the challenge, pass this on to others so we can all start buying American, one light bulb at a time!


Stop buying from China, Mexico, Venezuela  ……….. (We should have done this a decade ago……) Let’s get with the  program… help our fellow Americans keep their jobs and create more jobs right here in the U.S.A. !!!  God Bless America!! “


Colorado Governor Bill Ritter has shown himself to be an anti-union Democrat. He has alienated his base, and he will be voted out The Balancing of the Playing Fieldof office. Hopefully he will take Michael Bennet with him. We do not need hypocrite-vote shmoozer, anti-union politicians like him in office. 
                                                       Good-bye Bill

Are You Smarter Than Fox News??

Are you smarter than Fox News??

Can you answer this question posed to Jim Cramer on Morning Joe????

I’ll bet you can !!!


This is how Fox News fearmongers about the Employee Free Choice Act.

For usable information about EFCA, watch the next video with Ed Schultz.