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UPS Fires 250 Drivers After They Protested A Coworker’s Firing

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Two hundred fifty employees of the United Parcel Service (UPS) walked off the job for 90 minutes in February to protest the firing of one of their coworkers, Jairo Reyes. Reyes had driven for the company for over 20 years, and they felt his firing (which occurred after a complicated saga over the hours that senior UPS workers could hold) was unfair.

This week, all of those employees were given a pink slip, New York Daily News reports. “They just called me in … (and) said, ‘Effective immediately, you are no longer on the payroll,’” one UPS employee told the outlet.

Read more: UPS Fires 250 Drivers After They Protested A Coworker's Firing | ThinkProgress.

UPS Releases 4Q Results

Atlanta, January 30, 2014

  • Global Deliveries in December Climb 20%
  • Higher U.S. Costs Driven by Surge in Shipments and Inclement Weather
  • E-commerce Pushes Quarterly Volume up 6.0% Worldwide
  • International Export Volume Up 9.5% per Day on Strong Europe Growth
  • 2013: $6.1 Billion in Shareowner Distributions; $5.3 Billion in Free Cash Flow
  • $500 Million of Increased Investments in Capacity Expansion
  • Announces Full-Year 2014 EPS Guidance of $5.05 to $5.30

ups_logoUPS (NYSE: UPS) today released details regarding fourth quarter 2013 results. Diluted earnings per share totaled $1.25, a $0.07 decline from 2012 fourth quarter adjusted results. Average daily package volume increased 6.0%, as total deliveries in December surged 20%. Significantly higher than predicted volume and inclement weather contributed to excess operating costs in the U.S., negatively affecting results. Read the rest of this entry »

Labor woes continue for UPS

ups_logoUPS continues to have labor problems- yesterday Teamsters in Western Pennsylvania rejected their local contract supplement by 3-1, according to Teamsters for a Democratic Union:

January 24, 2014: In votes counted today, Western Pennsylvania UPS Teamsters have again overwhelmingly rejected their contract supplement by a 3-1 margin. Ken Hall and the IBT tried to bully the members by saying they will never bargain anything better, but determined rank and file Teamsters are sticking together in solidarity.

The local-by-local count is available here.

Members are angry over reduced health care benefits through TeamCare, and to inadequate changes in the Western Pa Supplement.

Western Pa joins Philadelphia and Ohio in notching a second rejection of a supplement rider. Also still outstanding are other rejected riders in Indiana Local 135 and the big Louisville Air Rider. Illinois Local 710 and 705 separate contracts are also unratified. Local 705 bargainaing has barely started.

Read more: Western Pennsylvania UPSers Say No!

In wake of Christmas fiasco, UPS could charge more for late holiday orders

ups_logoUPS may have ruined Christmas for many of its customers by failing to deliver Christmas presents on time, but analysts expect the company to make adjustments in its operations to avoid a recurrence. While some of the changes will involve better planning and operational adjustments, the company may also decide to charge more for shipping last minute Christmas orders. That’s the view of Benjamin Hartford, an analyst with Baird Equity Research, as reported by the Atlanta Journal Constitution:

Hartford also expects UPS to…  look at changing the way it prices shipping during peak periods in a way that could cost procrastinating shoppers more.

The goal, Hartford said, would be to smooth out orders in the days and weeks leading up to Christmas….

The way to do that is to charge more for late orders during peak periods like the holidays, to incentivize customers to place their orders earlier.

Read more: UPS expected to recover from holiday snafu | www.ajc.com.

APWU: UPS Christmas Debacle Shows Why We Need a Public Postal Service

apwulogoAPWU Web News Article #143-13, Dec. 30, 2013

The failure of United Parcel Service to deliver holiday packages by Christmas demonstrates the importance of the U.S. Postal Service to the people of the country, says APWU President Mark Dimondstein.

“The UPS fiasco underscores why the Postal Service must continue to be a public service,” he said. “We must ensure that hiring decisions and other policy issues governing the nation’s mail service are not guided by the bottom line and private profit.”

United Parcel Service and to a lesser extent FedEx were unable to meet their commitment to deliver holiday orders by Dec. 25, blaming inclement weather and unexpectedly high volume.

“The Postal Service is the people’s service,” Dimondstein told broadcaster Ed Schultz on his Dec. 30 radio program. “We need a vibrant service for generations to come.”

The USPS is under attack by corporate privatizers who want to take over the nation’s mail service, the union president said. “Companies like FedEx and UPS want to get their hands on that $65 billion,” he said, referring to the Postal Service’s annual revenue from the sale of stamps and services.

An editorial in the Wall Street Journal titled Junking the Junk Mail Office, written in October 2011 by Gary McDougal, UPS director for more than 30 years, called for the Postal Service to be turned over to UPS, Dimondstein noted.

The Postal Service performed well during this holiday season, but could have performed even better were it not for a requirement that forces the Postal Service to pre-fund healthcare for future retirees at a cost of approximately $5.5 billion annually, Dimondstein pointed out. That crushing burden chokes the Postal Service and robbed it of the ability to serve the people to its full potential, he said.

“The corporations want the private side to do it all,” he said. “And this is where it leads to – higher prices and less service.”

The Postal Service is able to provide better service less expensively because it operates on a non-profit basis, Dimondstein said.

The APWU will unite with the American people to preserve this Postal Service, he said. “It needs to be vibrant. It needs to be expanded.”

 

USPS tests outsourcing parcel sortation to UPS

ups_logo21st Century Postal Worker reports that the Carol Stream and South Suburban processing plants in Illinois, along with the Chicago NDC, have begun a six month test of sending non-machinable parcels (NMOs) to a United Parcel Service facility to be sorted. Under the plan, USPS employees tag the parcels as they arrive from collections, and then ship them to the UPS facility in Willow Springs IL, which will sort them and send them on to their destinations.

Incoming NMOs will also be sorted by UPS, with larger offices in the 601 ZIP area receiving their NMO parcels directly from the UPS plant.

21st Century Postal Worker Exchange for Messages of General Union Business.

The free-shipping wars have begun

Halloween is still a week away, but retailers are already using free-shipping offers to compete for early holiday sales.

While most consumers expect free standard shipping, and 35 percent of retailers say they already offer year-round free shipping, up from 23 percent last year, many are sweetening the deal by offering free speedier delivery earlier in the season.

A Shop.org survey of online retailers found that more than 16 percent will offer their first holiday free-shipping offer by the week of Oct. 28. World Market was one of the early birds, announcing free ground shipping on all of its holiday decor through Oct. 27. Pottery Barn has a similar offer for its Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas items.

Read more: The free-shipping wars have begun Page 1 of 2 | UTSanDiego.com.

Entrepreneurs Launch Elephant Trunk, an Innovative Parcel Drop Box

Daily Grommet, an online shopping site and product launch platform for innovative and undiscovered products has partnered with husband and wife entrepreneurs to launch Elephant Trunk, an innovative parcel drop box to keep packages safe and dry.

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EU blocks proposed acquisition of TNT Express by UPS

The European Commission has prohibited under the EU Merger Regulation the proposed acquisition of TNT Express by UPS. The Commission found that the take-over would have restricted competition in 15 Member States1 when it comes to the express delivery of small packages to another European country. In these Member States, the acquisition would have reduced the number of significant players to only 3 or 2, leaving sometimes DHL as the only alternative to UPS. The concentration would therefore have likely harmed customers by causing price increases. Read the rest of this entry »

Video: USPS/UPS Partnership Helps Customers, Environment, Bottom Line

WASHINGTON , Dec. 6, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ – In a video address to a global audience, U.S. Postal Service Postmaster General and Chief Executive Officer Patrick Donahoe, and UPS Chairman and CEO Scott Davis announced a unique partnership designed to offer better service to customers, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and optimize operational efficiencies. Read the rest of this entry »