By Brian Beers Updated February 14, — 9:
Local members voted by a margin of Joint Council 28 as a whole voted by Through the National Master Agreement, they will receive significant pay increases, zero out-of-pocket contributions on their top-tier healthcare plans for the life of the agreement, considerable pension increases, and much stronger work rules to help them fight harassment, supervisors working, and excessive overtime — among countless other improvements.
Most meaningful of all to Joint Council 28 full-timers was the addition of a new retirees healthcare plan to the Joint Council 28 Rider.
This new plan will make it more affordable for Joint Council 28 UPS Teamsters to retire once they become eligible, and just as importantly, this new plan will soon be available to negotiate into all our Teamster contracts.
This incredible victory was achieved by Joint Council 28 President Rick Hicks at the negotiating table, and is only available to Joint Council 28 Teamsters. October 5, UPS National Master and Supplements Since the announcement that a tentative agreement had been reached with UPS, the National Negotiating Committee NNC has provided members with an unprecedented number of leaflets and summaries explaining the terms of the proposed contract.
We have conducted teleconferences to highlight the improvements in the new agreement and take questions from members, which were answered in writing and available on several electronic platforms. Members supporting and opposing the tentative agreement have freely and energetically exchanged their views through social media and in the workplace, examining every aspect of the proposal.
Once the ballot materials were printed and ready for mailing to the members, both the NNC and opponents to the agreement have repeatedly encouraged members to vote. The NNC contacted members through postcards, social media messages, text messages and robo-calls urging them to exercise their right to vote.
Every Local Union reached out to its members with similar programs designed to encourage membership participation in the ratification. In an effort to make voting more convenient and to simplify the process, the NNC implemented electronic voting, replacing traditional paper mail ballots.
All members could easily vote via computer or telephone in order to express their opinion of the contract. Further, the new procedures allowed members to change their vote up until the close of voting. Despite of all of these efforts made by the NNC, Local Unions and individual members to encourage voting, only Of themembers who were eligible to vote, only 92, The results of the tabulation show that 42, This provision has been in the Constitution since the Convention.
If a majority of the eligible members had exercised their right to vote in this ratification, as did the members employed by UPS Freight, then a simple majority of those voting would have been needed to either accept or reject the agreement.
And as we saw in the U. Presidential election, winning the popular vote does not necessarily win the election when the Constitution requires you to win the Electoral College vote.
As Teamsters, we too must abide by the rules in our Constitution. We will keep you informed. Additionally, regional and local supplements and riders were tallied and the National Negotiating Committee will follow up with those committees to move forward.
Accordingly, the NNC is prepared to assist the Supplemental Negotiating Committees secure another contract offer that will be presented to the affected membership.
This has been a lengthy process. Under the terms of the extension agreement, all of the wage increases and other economic improvements in the new contract will be paid retroactively to August 1, That agreement, which covers about 11, union-represented workers, will then need to be voted on again by the members.Washington is the most important node of the Deep State that has taken over America, but it is not the only one.
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