https://www.facebook.com/newenglandteamsters/ NEW ENGLAND VOTES NO, BUT NATIONAL TWO-PERSON COMMITTEE STILL ENDORSES UPS FREIGHT CONTRACT New England Teamster locals that represent UPS Freight unanimously voted NOT to endorse the proposed contract reached between the International and UPS Freight this morning. Unfortunately, in a voice vote, the International declared the vote in favor of sending the contract to the membership rather than returning to the table to fix the contract's significant problems. The vote came at the "Two-Person" meeting held to determine whether or not to send the proposal to the membership. The New England locals cited problems including: 1. Subcontracting 2. A new two-tier wage system created for new hires 3. Members have to work longer to earn vacation 4. Members have to work longer to earn retirement benefits "Subcontracting continues to be a major problem with this contract. Even though it decreases slightly, still 44 percent of the freight will be shipped non-union through the system. That's a real issue" said John Murphy of Teamsters Local 25. "What makes it worse is that those numbers are what the company admits to, so who knows how much more is being diverted to non-union carriers." Joint Council 10 locals will mount an aggressive, fact-based campaign about the deficiencies in the proposed agreement. As details about the balloting procedure become available the Joint Council will post on social media. ______________________________________________ While it's great that Sean O'Brien suddenly decided to break from Hoffa for the first time since Hoffa got his fat, unqualified ass in the Marble Palace as general president in 1999, the timing is transparently selfish. O'Brien has always wanted the highest position in the union. He has made it to local union principal officer, joint council president, international vice president, UPS negotiation chairman, and maybe more. (He's no longer the UPS negotiation chairman.) O'Brien knows that there is about to be an opening in the general president's position. O'Brien also knows that there will be an IBT GEB election in 2021. Since O'Brien doesn't have the nationwide name recognition of Hoffa, he needs to get that. How to do that? By finally deciding to go against what Hoffa wants, and recommend no votes to Hoffa's crappy tentative agreements at UPS and at UPS Freight. So in 2019, 2020 and 2021, O'Brien will be able to fill his campaign ads with statements about how hard he fought big UPS. So this whole, sudden NO thing is more about him ascending to the throne, than it is about what's best for the members.