Guilty as Sin

      UPS likes to take drivers into the office and tell them that they have vioalted the methods or violated the contract and that they are guilty as sin. Management will use the opportunity to rant and rave about integrity, implying the company has lots and the driver has none. But in reality, the company violates the contract every day. They can’t see their own shortcomings, or they don’t want to, because violating the contract works to their advantage.
        Here are just a few ways that UPS is guilty of violating the contract.
        Art. 17…The Employer will not allow employees to work prior to their start time without appropriate compensation. Every center has drivers who come in early and go through their cars. The company ignores it because it’s cheaper than paying them to go through their cars later or paying the preload to do the job right. Watch out
        Art. 3…..The Employer agrees that the function of supervisors is the supervision of Employees and not the performance of the work of the employees they surpervise. Anybody who doesn’t think the company violates this provision on a daily basis is deaf, dumb and blind. UPS is probably vioating this article somewhere in the world as you read this.
        Art. 37…The Employer shall not in any way intimidate, harass, coerce or overly supervise any employee in the performance of his or her duties. Like this never happens!
        Art. 21…..nor shall there be any discrimination against any employee because of union membership or activities.That means there shall be no retaliation for filing a grievance. If you don’t think the company violates this article, file a grievance tomorrow and watch what happens.
        These are just a few of the areas where the company is guilty of violating the contract. I could list more but my doctor has advised me to avoid thinking about things that make my blood pressure go through the roof. But the next time management gets up on their high horse and talks down to you, point out a few of these things.
         If you read your contract book, I’m sure you will find a few more too.