Although a majority of UPS workers across the country rejected the master`s contract in October 2018, Teamster President James Hoffa and Vice President Denis Taylor adopted an obscure anti-democratic constitutional clause, drafted more than 30 years ago to unilaterally impose a contract rejected by 54% of voters. The previous two votes for the Detroit market were rejected by nearly 90 percent, reflecting the anger of USP employees against the despotic measures taken by teamsters to impose the national agreement late last fall. A genuine national and international struggle of UPS workers against the company can be put in place, but workers must set up new fighting organizations totally independent of pro-business teamsters and other unions. UPS workers must elect commissions across all platforms and in the workplace to fight to end poverty wages, different levels of drivers and shoppers, and safety and good working conditions. The last unofficial vote count at Detroit Local 243 for the endorsement was 295 for and 121 against. Only 18 percent of the 2,256 U.S. workers eligible to vote in Detroit voted on the sales endorsement, and many workers were outraged at the totally corrupt Process led by the Teamsters. “There is an absolute consensus in Detroit that this is a collusive, concessional, pay agreement,” Martin said of the local agreements and the master agreement. “The vast majority of The People of Teamsters and the IBT are business-controlled unions,” he said. With the agreement of the Teamsters union, United Parcel Service (UPS) imposed a five-year contract on more than 250,000 workers that was rejected last year by the majority of UPS workers. The master`s contract, introduced after the controversial ratification of the endorsements, maintains poverty wages for thousands of part-time workers and adopts a second hybrid level of lower paid drivers. Hoffa and the Teamsters attempted to make deals in Pennsylvania, with more than two-thirds initially rejecting the additions, in flagrant violation of their own anti-democratic constitutional clause.
Fearing total illegality and possible legal action, they used other methods to reduce voter turnout in UPS regional agreements in New York and Pennsylvania to speed up the imposition of the national treaty, as well as threats of intimidation against workers who refused additional votes. On Sunday, April 28, an additional agreement in Detroit passed the third vote with a very low turnout after fierce fighting in Pennsylvania and New York over regional and complementary agreements. The agreements dealt with additional regional issues relating to health care, wages, quotas, overtime, etc. In order for the national master contract to enter into force technically, UPS relied on the Teamsters to counter local agreements with threats and intimidation against widespread opposition from workers. In Chicago, Rockford and other parts of the Midwest, where UPS workers had local agreements separate from national agreements, similar concessions, in accordance with national agreements, were introduced in January.