UPS Backs Down—Cancels Move to Fire 250 Drivers
“The work stoppage on Feb. 26 was legal and permitted under the union contract with UPS,” a Teamsters Local 804 spokesman said. “Under the agreement reached with UPS, Local 804 acknowledges that the union’s internal procedures for authorizing a strike were not properly followed on Feb. 26 and we have agreed to communicate the proper procedure to all union members.”
Whether the walkout was technically legal or not, UPS’ reaction led New York City politicians to threaten to cancel city contracts that give UPS millions of dollars in breaks on parking fines. The showdown escalated when Public Advocate Letitia James, City Comptroller Scott Stringer and several city and state legislators gathered beside Local 804 at City Hall early this month and called for government agencies to review the city and state’s business with UPS. James said the company had a $2 million contract with the city, which stems from a larger $43.2 million agreement with the state.
Apparently UPS does not have the power to fire city officials, so that pressure—and the public outcry–that resulted from the firings led UPS to reverse course.