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.”