TeamCare Sticks with Healthcare Cuts
The new Health Plan covering UPS Teamsters in the Southwest and New Jersey Local 177 is improving health benefits. Why won’t TeamCare?
Over the past two weeks, UPS Teamsters in most of the West and in New Jersey Local 177 got some good news in the mail: their health and welfare fund is improving benefits.
The modifications to the plan reduce emergency room co-pays, improve dental and optical coverage, and make other changes, effective September 1.
Members have been up in arms about the cuts in health coverage from day one, and that pressure finally won some improvements.
But what about TeamCare? It’s time for the Hoffa administration to deliver more than healthcare cuts.
UPS Profits & Black Friday Plan
UPS announced third-quarter profits of $1.2 billion. The company expects peak season deliveries to jump by 11 percent this year, shattering the previous record.
For the first time, UPS will have ground service on the Friday after Thanksgiving.
Management will force members to work if there are not enough volunteers who want to work the holiday for the extra pay.
One local at least has contract language that allows Teamsters to avoid the Black Friday blues. Under the New York Local 804 Supplement, UPS cannot schedule Teamsters to work on a holiday, including the day after Thanksgiving.
Local 804 members who want the day after Thanksgiving with their family can take the day off with pay.
The national contract has no language to stop UPS’s Black Friday plans and the issue was not addressed in contract negotiations.