Trump and Republicans just gave mega-corporations like UPS a big fat tax cut, paid for by cuts to working families. But instead of creating jobs like Trump promised, UPS is forcing package drivers to work up to 70 hours a week this holiday season.1
UPS drivers were already working up to 60 hours a week. Forcing exhausted drivers to work even more hours is unsafe to workers and the public. Rather than creating a holiday safety hazard, UPS should create more full-time jobs that pay a living wage.
This holiday season, will you join the Working Families Party in standing with UPS workers?
A whopping 750 million packages will be delivered between Thanksgiving and the end of the year. But for a third year in a row, UPS failed to hire enough seasonal workers to meet demand, choosing instead to place the burden on their already overworked force.2
About half of UPS workers are part-timers who start at just $10 an hour. They’re fighting for $15 and more full-time jobs.
Last year, UPS earned $10.9 billion in revenue in the 4th quarter alone. What’s more, Republicans in Congress just gave corporations like UPS a tax cut that they clearly don’t need. But somehow they can’t find the money to pay their part-time workforce who only make $10 an hour a living wage, or give their full-time employees enough time to rest and spend time with their families.3
‘Tis the season for giving, but the gifts you give to your loved ones shouldn’t contribute to the exploitation of UPS drivers. No package or amount of corporate profits is worth putting the health and well-being of workers on the line.
1. UPS Drivers To Demonstrate Against 70-Hour Work Week, CBS Boston, December 4, 2017
2. UPS and Teamsters clash over 70-hour, 8-day holiday schedule, Atlanta Business Chronicle, December 13, 2017
3. UPS Revenue Accelerates In 4Q And Produces Record $61 Billion For 2016, UPS Pressroom, January 31, 2017