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2014
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UPS, Teamsters Strike Deal to Reinstate Workers Fired for 90-Minute Protest

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The 250 UPS workers who were terminated for participating in a 90-minute walkout will have their jobs back after intense negotiations between company executives and Teamsters Local 804.  The agreement means all fired and threatened to be fired employees’ jobs will be safe, including Jairo Reyes, for whom the walkout was initially in support of.  

In exchange, the union agrees to deem the walkout “illegal and unauthorized.”  The union will also pay undisclosed damages for the deliveries missed due to the lockout and the drivers will receive a short suspension.  

Teamsters Local 804 President Tim Sylvester told the New York Daily News:

“We’re looking forward to turning the page and writing a new chapter.  The drivers delivered their message to UPS about unfair treatment. Now every one them will be back delivering packages.”

Among the factors forcing UPS’ hand was a letter signed by concerned city officials — including NYC Public Advocate Letitia “Tish” James — that said the action could possibly cause the city to end its favorable business deals with the Atlanta-based delivery company.  After the announcement James said:

“Today we are celebrating a victory for working-class New Yorkers. The 250 truck drivers at the UPS facility in Maspeth who were in jeopardy of losing their livelihoods will now have their jobs reinstated.  We have sent a clear message to corporate America that firing workers en masse for minor workplace disagreements is unacceptable.”

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