UPS drivers reinstated

Great news! UPS folded under pressure and the 250 drivers in Maspeth, NY got their jobs back! We’re delivering a thank you card to each of these brave workers for standing in solidarity against a multinational, billion-dollar corporation. Will you add your name to the thank you card? Click here. 

Then, take a moment to read UPS driver, Jairo Reyes’ personal story below. 

Thanks for all you’ve done to support these workers, 

Bill Lipton
Working Families

———- Forwarded message ———-
From: Jairo Reyes for Working Families
Date: Thu, Apr 10, 2014 at 12:28 PM
Subject: UPS caved!


I can’t wait to tell you — late last night, after ten hours of negotiating and weeks of grassroots pressure, UPS folded. My 250 co-workers and I won our jobs back!

I wouldn’t even be close to having my job back if not for my 250 co-workers who bravely risked their jobs to save mine — and I want to give them as big a thank you as they deserve.

Can you help me say thank you? Add your name to a thank you card to the 250 protesters, which I will personally deliver.

When I was unfairly fired from UPS, 250 of my co-workers walked out in protest — and then each one lost their job. 

UPS fired my colleagues who stood in solidarity with me because they thought they held all the cards. It was David vs Goliath — a multinational corporation against one local union. 

But then you added your voice to more than 100,000 others, calling on UPS to reverse the decision and give us our jobs back. You signed petitions, made phone calls to the CEO and posted your outrage on UPS’s Facebook and Twitter pages. 

Now, I’m asking for one more favor — please join me in thanking the 250 protesters who stood by me the whole time.

The small actions we all take together add up — and UPS heard our voices loud and clear. Together, we showed a billion-dollar corporation what grassroots people-power can accomplish. It’s a lesson my family, and my co-workers’ families, will never forget. 

We wouldn’t be getting our jobs and our livelihoods back, if not for our union, Teamsters Local 804, Joint Council 16. We wouldn’t be here today if not for progressive elected heroes like New York City Public Advocate Tish James for speaking up for us and demanding UPS treat us fairly. And we wouldn’t have had a prayer without a hundred thousand Working Families members who had my back.

Tomorrow is a fresh start for my co-workers and I. Pretty soon, we’re all going back to work and your voice made that possible.  I know they’d love to hear from you. 
Can you join me in giving them a big thank you?

Thank you for all that you’ve done, 

Jairo Reyes
UPS driver (newly re-instated) and Working Families member