June 11, 2018

You’ve heard of “too big to fail”?  How about “too big to go on strike”? 


UPS employees are threatening to go on strike if a deal isn’t reached on their Teamsters labor contract that expires August 1.  Because of the rise of Internet commerce and so many people being dependent on having everything delivered, UPS drivers now work six days a week and deliver about 19 million packages a day, accounting for 6% of our GDP.   So a UPS strike could seriously harm the economy, in addition to forcing a lot of poor, suffering Americans to actually have to go to the mall. 


UPS drivers already make about $75,000 a year, but having moved from working five to six days a week, they realize it won’t be long before deliveries will be seven days a week.  God rested on the Sabbath, but UPS drivers can’t or else people might have to wait more than 24 hours for their Snuggies and Magic Bullets to arrive. Let's all hope this catastrophe can be averted.



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  • Mary Cottine

    06/13/2018 12:48 PM

    UPS NEEDS TO HIRE MORE HELP, BUY MORE TRUCKS. $75,000 is a good income, but the drivers need a life of their own as well. A strike is not the answer....more workers is the answer.

  • April Kesting

    06/12/2018 06:44 AM

    Not only has the amount of packages increased, the size and weight of the packages has also increased over the years. They earn everything they make with the wear and tear on their bodies. And the healthcare benefits (since Obama) have scaled back.

  • Elizabeth Soriano

    06/11/2018 08:23 PM

    There are a lot of people that would be happy to work 3-4 days a week and make $35-40K a year. Just hire 2 crews, alternate them 3 days one week, 4 the next. 7 day a week delivery, twice as many people employed and you have a win/win.

  • penny ramsey

    06/11/2018 06:53 PM

    Impatience is not a virtue. Think that is what all are guilty of including myself. It is a problem thru out the human race anymore. I would not want UPS to stop delivering as I use their services for several things. We will all have to learn to wait if they do go on strike. Maybe Gods plan A :-)

  • Scott Coyle

    06/11/2018 06:17 PM

    The reason for the strike vote is because UPS wants to pay the new employees(part-timers) half as much as the current full time employees. The employees don't think it's fair for someone to do the same job as make half the money. Especially when their company had a 5 Billion dollar profit last year

  • Raymond Torres Jr

    06/11/2018 05:49 PM

    I retired from UPS in 1995. I was a Manager and had interaction with the drivers daily.
    They are hard working men and women and earn every penny they make.
    The union, however, is NEVER satisfied with any contract. They would be happy if UPS’ERS could call their hours in and the check deposited.
    Unions were a necessity in the 30’s-50’s. In today’s world, they are a liability because they represent themselves instead of union members.
    UPS competes with FEDEX.
    Imagine if there was a level playing field(both union or no union).
    The country depends on UPS to deliver their packages.
    Let’s hope clear heads prevail during negotiations.

  • Janice Lamb

    06/11/2018 05:48 PM

    And God forbid that UPS should honor the Sabbath because other businesses Don't. How horrific if someone has to wait an extra 24 hrs for a pair of shoes. God will bless America when America blesses God. I will honor my Lord!

  • Tim Cahall

    06/11/2018 05:37 PM

    This could be tragic..... UPS is Superior to the USPS and just plain TERRIBLE FedEx!!!!!