November 28, 2008: Under the contract UPS had to give the International a list of the 20,000 Article 22.3 jobs the company claims it will maintain.
Our local union got a copy of that list from the IBT Package Division. My Steward Alternate and I found 11 jobs on the list that exist only on paper. That list includes workers that have moved to package car or feeder jobs. That list even includes workers that have quit or been fired.
These 11 jobs are in my work area alone. I expect that other stewards will identify another dozen or more unfilled Article 22.3 jobs in other shifts and buildings. These are full-time jobs that belong to working Teamsters.
Some of these full-time jobs have been vacant for more than a year. During the same period, UPS has double shifted about 30 part-time workers to help cover the vacant jobs.
UPS Teamsters across the country should be asking our locals to contact the International Union and get the list of full-time Article 22.3 jobs the company claims it has created in your area so we can document all the missing jobs.
We’ve got to push our locals and the International Union to make UPS deliver every one of the 20,000 full-time jobs we are owed under the contract.
Sam Bucalo, Elected Steward Local 100, Cincinnati