In the wake of a relentless grassroots labor-community solidarity campaign,
UPS waved the white flag and agreed to
rehire all 250 drivers the company fired last
month. The campaign united drivers, elected officials, and even New York City UPS customers.
Jairo Reyes, a 24-year driver, had been fired for starting work too early, and was walked off the job. This violated the Teamsters’ contract, which called for a 72-hour waiting period and a hearing before a worker could be walked off.
Drivers gathered in the parking lot to show their displeasure. “Our contract had been violated so many times,” Reyes told Labor Notes. “This was the straw that broke the camel’s back.”