I was talking to an active steward the other day. What he said hit home.
This is what he tells new members when they make book. It’s good advice for every Teamster.
The company didn’t give you anything except an opportunity.
You have EARNED the job through sweat. You do it for yourselves and your families.
Think of all the times they said, “Go home. We have no work for you.” Lies. We fought for an eight-hour guarantee. It’s up to all of us to protect it.
Think of all the times they bragged about how much the company pays us. Lies. UPS didn’t give you your salary or benefits. Together, we fought for every penny and every contract protection as a union.
Think of the times they said, “You need to move faster.” Lies. We fought to keep production standards out of our contract. We owe the company a fair day’s work for a fair day’s pay.
Management has a right to a reasonable performance. We have a right to dignity and respect.
Knowing your Union Contract is key to enforcing your rights on the job. Every member is entitled to a printed copy, just ask your union representative!
Click here for a copy of the City Harvest Contract.
Click here for the Corporate Coffee Contract.
Click here for access to the PAE contract.
Management likes to make it hard for us to take time off to care for our medical needs and family members. Fortunately, most 804 members are under the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA).
If your employer has more than 50 employees and you’ve worked there for at least 12 months and have worked 1,250 hours in those 12 months, you are covered by FMLA.
That means you can take off up to 60 days for a medical issue, to care for a seriously ill family member, or to take care of a new child. Find out more here.
Union members have the right to union representation during any conversation with a supervisor or manager that could lead to discipline.
These rights have been upheld by the Supreme Court and they are known as Weingarten Rights. For UPS Teamsters, this means that you have the right to Union Representation when management is conducting any kind of investigation, be it into your numbers or an accident.
Make sure that your rights are respected by telling management “If this discussion could in any way lead to me being disciplined, terminated or affect my personal working conditions, I request that a union steward, business agent or union officer be present at this meeting."
Without representation, I choose not to answer any questions.” The remain silent. If your proceed your rights will be waived.
It is critical that Local 804 members get a withdrawal card from Local 804 if leaving their jobs for any reason. This includes FMLA, retirement, layoff, resignation, discharge, military leave, disability or compensation.
When you leave your job, call Local 804 at 718-786-5700 immediately to request a withdrawal card or fill out the form below.
Teamsters Joint Council 16 is offering free classes for CDL & tractor-trailer commercial driver’s licenses A or B. To be eligible, members must be in good standing, have a valid driver’s license, a CDL tractor-trailer learner’s permit Class A and Class B with air brakes endorsement.
Road practice for tractor trailer and commercial are scheduled for every Saturday and Sunday at the Deer Park Railroad Station on Long Island
For more information call Joint Council 16 at 212-924-0002.
To register, download and fill out the 2018 registration form and fax or mail it as indicated. The 2019 form will be posted as soon as JC 16 makes it available.