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.