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Press Associates: Teamsters Rolling Up Organzing,
Teamsters Successes Include UPS Freight, DHL Express & New Era
Little-noticed in the tumult of the presidential campaign an the teetering economy, the Teamsters
have racked up a series of organizing and contract wins, and may be on the verge of another, at
United Air Lines.
The wins range from signing up approximately two-thirds of the workers at UPS Freight -- the
former Overnite Express -- to breaking into the Deep South bastion of Mobile, Ala., by first
winning a recognition vote last July and then getting a contract last month, with the help of the
NAACP, at the New Era cap company there.
The Teamsters’ organizing wins, especially the Overnite and New Era drives, were cited at the
Take Back America conference of progressives in Washington from March 17-19.
The first was as an example of what could happen elsewhere if the Employee Free Choice
Act, leveling the playing field between workers and bosses in organizing and bargaining, was
law. The second, New Era, was cited as an example of how partnership between unions and
outside community groups, in that case with the nation’s oldest and most-respected civil rights
organization, benefits workers.
But the overall list of wins is long and getting longer:
* By a 52-0 margin, Teamsters local leaders ratified a new national agreement with DHL Express,
the first such national master contract with the firm in years. Teamsters nationwide are now voting
But negotiating committee chair Del Slawson Sr., in a mailing to members, had to fend off some
critical questions, including denying the contract bans the right to strike. He said it is banned
only in cases where conflict can be settled by the grievance/ arbitration procedure -- and that if
DHL refuses to obey the verdict from that, the Teamsters can still strike. He also said the firm’s
German parent company and investors “woul