One of the Positives for the Leaner, Meaner UPS

GSA Delivers Federal Shipping Contract to UPSKO'd

Potential Savings to Exceed $1 Billion Over Five Years

GSA # 10629

September 1, 2009
Contact: Judy Boysha, (202) 501-1231

WASHINGTON — The U.S. General Services Administration announced it has awarded a contract for express and ground domestic delivery services to United Parcel Service. The contract aims to save taxpayers more than a billion dollars over the next five years.

“This second-generation Federal Strategic Sourcing Initiative contract offers shipping costs that provide deep discounts for participating agencies off commercial retail rates,” said Commissioner James A. Williams of GSA’s Federal Acquisition Service. “The contract award exemplifies the value of governmentwide strategic sourcing.”

To develop the domestic delivery service contract, a team of government agency representatives developed a consolidated set of requirements and pooled shipping volume in a competitive bid process open to vendors listed on the Federal Supply Schedule. The coordinated effort resulted in a program that eliminates duplicate efforts and provides savings greater than any one agency could achieve on its own.

The previous contract was the first award under the Federal Strategic Sourcing Initiative Program and saved taxpayers $180 million in fiscal year 2008. Additionally, the new award contract costs are projected to be 6 percent lower than costs on the previous contract. The award also enables operating efficiencies for the federal government by collecting and analyzing business intelligence data to identify further savings opportunities.


Founded in 1949, GSA manages more than 11 percent of the government’s total procurement dollars and $24 billion in federal assets, including 8,600 government-owned or leased buildings and 213,000 vehicles.

GSA helps preserve our past and define our future, as a steward of more than 480 historic properties, and as manager of, the official portal to federal government information and services.

GSA’s mission to provide superior workplaces, expert technology solutions, acquisition services, purchasing and E-Gov travel solutions and management policies, at best value, allows federal agencies to focus on their core missions.

Did You Know? Although GSA leverages billions of dollars in the marketplace, only 1 percent of the agency’s total budget is provided through direct congressional appropriations.

Have You Seen Any Supes Working?

     Have you seen any supes working lately? Do you know how to file and win a management working grievance? It’s not hard to file a supervisor working grievance and win. But there are some key things you need to know.
     The secret to winning a grievance is documentation. Who, What, When, Where and Why. You can see the who and what, you know when and where, the why part is handled by your steward. A strong grievance is based on good notetaking. Always have paper and pen handy, because you never know when your going to see a violation. Jot down what you see, then go to your steward. The steward will do a little investigating to find out the why part. If you don’t like the answer, if you don’t feel it’s a valid reason for management to violate the contract, then file your grievance. 
     Management will try to talk you out of your grievance, but stand strong. Let the Union handle it. Don’t cave in to management bullying or whining. Why not?

Here is why not…

UPS Part-timer Wins $48,000 In Penalty and Back Pay

Thanks to strong Teamster representation, a UPS part-timer from Local 2785 in San Francisco will receive more than $48,000 in penalty and back pay for supervisors working in violation of the contract.

The union’s grievance on supervisors working was upheld at UPS national grievance panel hearings this week in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Supervisors were performing bargaining unit work in violation of the contract, and the company was ordered to pay Elaine Donlin, a 32-year UPS employee, more than $48,000.

“This is really a testament to the importance of documentation in building and winning cases,” said Ken Hall, Package Division Director and International Vice President. “We’re pleased that Elaine got the justice she deserved.”

Donlin returned to work at the UPS San Francisco facility in May last year after being out on injury to find that her job was being performed by multiple supervisors.

“Every day I would document which supervisor was doing my job,” said Donlin, who traveled to Florida to testify in her case. “UPS started giving me little pieces of my job back to satisfy me, but it became a matter of principle. I wanted my job back.”

Donlin has been a model UPS employee with a spotless record. That, combined with her detailed records and documentation, made the difference, said Ed Lynch, Business Agent at Local 2785.

“UPS kept fighting us all the way at every level, trying to lowball and refusing to do the right thing,” Lynch said. “But we stuck with it and we had good documentation. That’s what won the case.”