Nationwide, Teamsters Local Unions Approve Strike Authorization Vote
On May 8th Local Unions from across the country voted to authorize a strike authorization vote of the UPS membership. On May 15th the Teamsters International will begin mailing each of you a voting guide and voting instructions. The secret ballot voting is by telephone and the Internet.
The current contract expires July 31, 2018. No work stoppage can occur before that date. A “Yes” vote authorizes a strike to be called at the National Negotiating Committee’s discretion in the event it is unable to negotiate an acceptable contract. A “No” vote prevents the Committee from calling a strike without further approval.
Local 162 urges a Yes vote in favor of granting strike authorization to assist us in negotiating a contract worthy of our recommendation and your approval.
The ability to strike is necessary in order to ensure a timely and positive conclusion to negotiations. We have to show that we’re not afraid of striking.We are stronger United not Divided.
A credible strike threat is a key component of the Negotiating Committee’s strategy for achieving a good contract.A strong strike vote can prevent a strike.
We need to get UPS serious when we meet across the bargaining table.
The Negotiating Committee’s credibility lies with management’s belief that the Committee truly represents the rank-and-file membership.A strike vote is persuasive evidence that it does.