Teamsters Strike Recap

Dennis Putnam dap1 at MINDSPRING.COM
Thu Aug 21 17:38:46 MDT 1997


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Congratulations to the Teamsters. According to the media they won a major
victory over UPS. Reviewing the outcome it is now clear to me why they were
on strike and what the victory means.

What in the world was UPS management smoking? Where did they get the
cacamamie idea that the teamsters would accept ANY increase in pension
benefits let alone a 50% increase. I am sure glad the Teamsters got that
provision removed. Also why was management so stubborn about refusing to
layoff 15,000 full time workers? It was a hard fought battle but those
15,000 no longer have to drudge to work everyday and collect a paycheck
every week. Cudos to the Teamsters for forcing UPS to remove stupid things
like pension increases and more full time workers from the contract.

I never thought I would be siding with a union, especially the Teamsters, as
a conservative. But here it is, clearly the Teamsters were right. We did not
give them enough credit because our bias against Unions has clouded our
judgment as pointed out by Richard. The Teamsters were simply much more
farsighted then UPS management. The teamsters knew how much the original
contact from UPS would cost the comapany in the long run. Understanding the
relationship between labor costs and business viability, unlike UPS
management, the union and Carey saved UPS from itself. The smaller pension
package and reduction in workforce will save UPS a fortune in the long run.
This will mean bigger profits and most importantly assures UPS will remain
in business. The result is job security, albeit, for fewer union members.
But sacrifices must be made, short term pain for long term gain.

It is an interesting contrast to the stories from others on this list about
unions demanding more benefits and bigger payrolls from their employers only
to see their employers shutdown. What a refreshing contrast the new
Teamsters are that are more concerned about the company then their members
compared to the old days where they would drive a company out of business by
accepting all kinds of increases from dumb managerment. I think we all owe
the Teamsters a big apology for thinking the worst of them.

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