Driver Chris D’Amico and Local 804 take action, and win, against harassment at Melville.
Together, we won the first-ever Local 804 Article 37 grievance at the UPS National Grievance Panel.
A Melville supervisor eavesdropped on Chris D’Amico and another driver complaining about being overloaded again.
The supervisor decided to butt in and yell “Well, what do you want me to do about it?”
“Fix the problem and adjust the loads,” D’Amico responded.
The sup then blew a fuse, cussing at D’Amico, telling him to quit and finally threatening that “I’ll take care of you.”
“I made sure to confirm what he was saying and threatening in front of all the witnesses around us,” D’Amico said.
D’Amico met with his steward and filed an Article 37 grievance the next day. They took the case all the way to the National Grievance Panel and won.
The new contract increases the maximum pay for harassment violations to five times a member’s daily guarantee.
D’Amico and another driver won penalty pay and the supervisor was penalized with another strike on his record.
One more strike, and the sup must personally appear in front of the National Grievance Panel
“It wasn’t so much about the money, though that might help encourage more members to file harassment grievances. I just wanted to be able to do my job with respect and be able to use my rights without fear of retaliation.”
Chris D’Amico, Package Driver