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  1. #1
    Imitated never duplicated

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    Default UPS and Part-time poverty wages

    Courtesy of a UPS Feeder Driver Local 690, Spokane, Wash

    Part-Time Poverty Wages
    August 3, 2011: The minimum wage in Washington State is now $8.67 an hour according to Washington State Labor and Industries. That is 17 cents more than the starting rate for part-timers in the UPS contract.

    In 1997, minimum wage was $5.15. Teamster General President Ron Carey and the members fought to raise the starting rate to $8.50. Thatís 68 percent higher than the minimum wage at the time.

    If we kept up with that equivalent, UPS starting wage would be $14.31ónearly $6 more than it is today and well above the minimum wage.

    We have Teamsters who work the Spokane Hub who canít afford gas to get to work because $8.67 times 17.5 hours a week minus the initiation fee and dues leaves almost nothing.

    Itís damned hard to get these young guys to feel pride at being a Teamster when this is the kind of union welcome they get at the guard shack.

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    I Am Rocking Now

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    Default Re: UPS and Part-time poverty wages

    When Oak Harbor was on strike I checked into the seasonal feeder driver until I found out what it payed.

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    Getting In The Groove Now.

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    Default Re: UPS and Part-time poverty wages

    In 1997, minimum wage was $5.15. Teamster General President Ron Carey and the members fought to raise the starting rate to $8.50. Thatís 68 percent higher than the minimum wage at the time.

    I don't know if you know this but the pt wage went to either $8 or $8.50 per hour in '82.
    Before that pt wages were the same as pkg car drivers for the skilled jobs like preload and sorters and about 50 cents less for the other jobs.
    Carey could have fought for the pt workers in '97 but didn't. You shouldn't do your math with minimum wage it should be done with top pkg driver pay.
    By the way I voted for Carey.
    I have 31 years in and started there pt.

 

 

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