UPS workers rally against new contract proposal

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by Brooke Katz

WHAS11.com

Posted on June 11, 2013 at 1:13 PM

Updated Tuesday, Jun 11 at 5:28 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- Some UPS workers claim they're being bullied and harassed by managers to vote yes for a new union contract. They have 11 days left.

UPS workers are upset and have alarming words for what they say is taking place at UPS Worldport in Louisville, the largest employer in Kentucky. 

"We feel we deserve more," Zach Pfeifer, a driver and Union Steward with Teamsters Local 89, said.  "We feel the language is detrimental. It's actually scary."

Pfeifer was one of several workers who met outside UPS on Bluegrass Parkway Tuesday. He and other Union Stewards were urging other workers to vote against the proposed contract recommended by their international leadership.

"We're losing benefits, money and part time jobs," UPS driver Michael Antoneoli said.

According to UPS, the contract ups the pay for part time workers by $1.50 per hour. For full time employees, it ups their pay by $1 per hour.

"It's a great contract offer," Mike Mangot with UPS said. "The vast majority are in favor of it."

Employees have until June 22 to vote. If approved, the contract would go into effect August 1.
 

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