UPS Un-Fires 250 Workers It Axed For Participating In Walkout

Employees will still serve a 10-day suspension

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Last week, UPS made headlines when it axed 250 Queens, New York workers who participated in a walkout that protested the firing of a colleague. But now, after some tense exchanges with the local Teamsters union, it's agreed to give all 250 employees their jobs back.

While the workers will still serve a 10-day suspension, and the Local 804 union will pay UPS undisclosed damages for missed deliveries during the walkout, supporters are calling this a victory for unfairly fired employees.

"Today we are celebrating a victory for working-class New Yorkers," Public Advocate Letitia James said Wednesday. "We have sent a clear message to corporate America that firing workers en masse for minor workplace disagreements is unacceptable."

The 90-minute walkout, which took place last February in Queens, New York, was staged in response to the firing of Jairo Reyes, an employee and union activist with 24 years of experience.

After the firings, James wrote a letter to UPS reminding them that perks like special parking privileges have saved the Atlanta-based company millions.

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As the New York Daily News reported, customers also rallied around the fired workers, even as UPS claimed walkouts like the one in February jeopardized customer relations.

"You're firing 250 drivers/workers and guess what? I'm firing you!" one customer wrote on Facebook.

But even now that they've rehired the axed drivers (including Reyes), don't get the impression that UPS is saying they were wrong. In return for offering the workers their jobs back, the union has agreed to say that the walkout was "illegal and unauthorized," according to UPS media relations director Andy McGowan. Nevertheless, the Teamsters' contract with the UPS specifically authorizes work stoppages like the one in February.

"The settlement includes the following actions: IBT Local 804 agrees to compensate UPS for damages associated with the loss of productive employee time, other company costs and the negative impact on goodwill relating to the February 26 unauthorized walkout and related actions," McGowan told the Daily News.

In other words: Sorry, we're not sorry.

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monty

Experiments is the only one who knows what he's talking about. The hourly workers had a right to walk according to the NMFA .

August 25 2014 at 2:52 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
hopkinsuniv

The "union" bought the workers jobs back after begging UPS for a second chance to save face. This is akin to a "union" plea bargain -- admitting "guilt" by the workers (arguably unreliable to simply walk off after being cautioned against it), and agreeing to compensate UPS (it's only fair right(?)) for their losses.

April 16 2014 at 2:10 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
huffmans05

About time AMERICAN workers get a voice again. Glad for the public outcry. Get AMERICANS to quit listening to the radio talking heads and work together to bring back the AMERICAN dream !

April 15 2014 at 10:40 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
poker25005

The Union should have never agreed to the settlement. They should have told UPS to kiss their rear and filed a law suite against them but I guess they figured if they did that they workers definitely would not get their jobs back.
Sounds like this McGowan guy from UPS Media is a real ass and their management is probably the same.
He said, "Sorry were not sorry"and he will find out when people stop using their company.

April 11 2014 at 8:04 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
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jmokel

Poker....What you are saying is that UPS has to abide by the contract, but the Union does not. What the hell good is a contract if only one side has to abide by it?

April 16 2014 at 10:55 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
classof68gto

Public outcry caused the reverse decision to fire the employees not because UPS was trying to do the right thing.

April 11 2014 at 7:32 PM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply
bpante

I agree with UPS. That is what courts are for. I absolutely refuse to fly that piece of trash Spirit Airlines, since their Pilots stranded all their passengers. Yea, I got stranded and nearly lost my job because I was unable to get to work on time.

April 11 2014 at 6:11 PM Report abuse -4 rate up rate down Reply
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poker25005

Where did not get the idea that pilots or anyone for that matter
don't have the right to strike? The first mistake you made was
flying Spirit Airlines.

April 11 2014 at 8:06 PM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply
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brenhatestwinkie

lolol, true

April 11 2014 at 8:40 PM Report abuse rate up rate down
lamikins1

Is that Doug Heffernan in the photo at the top of the article?

April 11 2014 at 4:18 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
murphman0526

I am sure all the anti-union bashers want to say it was the unions fault. Most of those people feel workers should just shut up and be grateful to have a job. Something like slaves to be happy to have a job

April 11 2014 at 2:09 PM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply
djparker

It was an illegal work stoppage,and does warrant discipline. It is of significance that the Union has to "pony up" for the damages. 10 days off w/o pay is also of significance. In this day and age (or any other) a business cannot remain competitive with the workers "shutting down services" at their whim and fancy. The flip side is that UPS does "run short" of hourly employees and fills in with salaried personnel in excess. This is factual. The Union Rep was probably on the right track and the "salaried laborers" are silently cheering him on.

April 11 2014 at 11:09 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
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bpante

I refuse to ever fly Spirit airlines again for that exact same reason. I got stranded when their crybabies walked off the job.

April 11 2014 at 6:13 PM Report abuse -3 rate up rate down Reply
JIM

I was a strong union man until i found out how they wasted our money, mainly giving it to liberal democrats.

April 11 2014 at 10:19 AM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
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