No One Wants a Strike

No One Wants a Strike

Copyright 2002, Traffic World Magazine

I am responding to the article you printed ("Not Waiting," Jan. 21). Now that Mr. Black has spun you around like you were on a spinner let me tell you the truth about United Parcel Service.

I am a part-time employee in the Albany, N.Y., hub. I started with the company about three years ago and make a measly $9.50 an hour. Yes, the company pays for my health insurance, which is awesome, and I get other perks too, but the fact of the matter is this: no matter how UPS spins it the majority of the work is done by part-time employees.

We unload, sort, load and take care of all the little things that make it so you and everyone else can get their packages. UPS management sometimes is very inflexible, causing late air or causing foul-ups that cause packages to be delayed or late but that is the business.

UPS should see the work force is mostly part time. We should be getting more than $8.50 an hour to start when you can go to just about any place and make that amount of money. The company had to be taken to court to enforce the contract, which they signed, to make more full-time jobs. They don't want more full-time jobs.

The company says that the economy is hurting them but I don't see much of a drop in volume. On one shift we are processing almost 90,000 pieces. The company has money to buy new planes, trucks and other items but not when it comes to the heart of the operation, which is its employees.

The Teamsters want a fair and balanced contract. No one wants a strike but if we have to go on strike to win what we want we will do it.

As far as surveys on what other people think of our company, I couldn't care less. The fact of the matter is this: that UPS driver is on that route every day. He is the best salesperson our company has. The customer knows that the driver or service provider, as they are called now, are at that stop every day at the same time. He is reliable and he is courteous and professional. That is more than what I can say about some of these other delivery companies. Have you ever seen an Airborne driver come to your place of business? They are wearing sneakers and have piercing all over the place.

And let's talk about FedEx ground for a moment. FedEx sends two people or more to do the same job that we do. Also, we don't have to have three or more separate businesses to get the job done. We do it better than anyone else and we are the best at what we do. That is why UPS is the world's largest package delivery company.

Thanks for reading my letter and hope that you send all your packages through UPS. For more info on the real UPS check out www.co294.com.

Jeff Withey

Clifton, N.Y.