UPS OFFERS DISCOUNT SHIPPING TO PUERTO RICO & SELECT CARIBBEAN DESTINATIONS

UPS Service to Puerto Rico Resumed with Special Discount on Selected Services for Individual Shippers

 
  • Shipping has resumed in most areas and will continue to expand as conditions allow. Humanitarian aid flights also continue.
  • Special discount rates from U.S. to Puerto Rico and select Caribbean destinations for select ground and deferred shipments, where available, through The UPS Store, www.ups.com/ship and 1-800-PICK-UPS® offered from Monday, October 9 through Tuesday, October 31 for individual shippers not currently under commercial contract with UPS.
  • Special package pick-up hours at five delivery centers in Puerto Rico
  • The UPS Foundation continues to support humanitarian aid organizations to prioritize transportation of goods and provide logistics experts to assist recovery operations

Atlanta, October 5, 2017 – UPS (NYSE:UPS) has reestablished delivery service to Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria. Air shipments, small package, and some freight services are now available in 149 of the island’s 176 zip codes (see www.ups.com for daily updates to service areas, by zip code).

“We are pleased to begin operations again in Puerto Rico, though the situation is dynamic. Power outages, many impassable roads, and damaged communications infrastructure are impacting our ability to operate normally,” said UPS Americas Region President, Romaine Seguin.

The company has established a special hurricane aid rate discount, which can be applied at the time of shipping, for packages shipped from the U.S. to Puerto Rico and selected Caribbean destinations. To access the discount, UPS customers should go to www.ups.com/ship, visit a local The UPS Store location, or call 1-800-PICK-UPS. The special shipping rates will be available from Monday, October 9, through Tuesday, October 31 for individual customers not under existing UPS commercial contract agreements. The discount applies to UPS’s Ground shipping solutions, the company’s least expensive products, most often used by individual shippers.

Throughout Puerto Rico some residents are living in alternative dwellings. In response, UPS has begun special hold for package pick-up services at five of the company’s seven package centers in Puerto Rico. In San Juan, pick-up hours are from 8am to 6pm, Monday through Friday. In Arecibo, Bayamon, Caguas and Ponce, pick-up hours are 8am to 5pm, Monday through Friday.

UPS customers shipping to the island should anticipate delayed service at this time, and the company’s time-in-transit commitments are temporarily suspended, due to the extensive damage to the island’s roads and other infrastructure. Additionally, many packages shipped prior to the hurricane are now being transported, and there is a backlog in UPS facilities throughout the island and on the mainland. The company is implementing contingency plans, but expects continued challenges before returning operations to normal.

UPS and The UPS Foundation have been supporting relief operations for Puerto Rico since Hurricane Maria devastated the island. Until now, The UPS Foundation and UPS Airlines have been prioritizing flights to Puerto Rico for first responder organizations. In fact, since just prior to the hurricane, UPS has operated 17 relief charter flights, transporting more than 1.7 million pounds of relief supplies to Puerto Rico for groups including UNICEF, FEMA, CDC, Salvation Army and others. Earlier this week, The UPS Foundation, UNICEF and the State of New York announced several flights to deliver water and hygiene kits to thousands in need on the island.

At the same time, UPS employees have been working at a grassroots level throughout the Caribbean, including in the U.S. Virgin Islands. Recently, several UPS Freight truck drivers also deployed to Puerto Rico to provide additional assistance, at the request of the White House and Department of Transportation. The UPS Foundation continues to support recovery efforts in the wake of Hurricanes Irma and Harvey, and the earthquake in Mexico. The UPS Foundation also conducted a test in the Houston area together with the American Red Cross, using a drone to capture high resolution photography and aid in disaster assessment efforts.

More than 470 UPS employees live and work in Puerto Rico, and UPS is continuing to locate staff, make sure they are safe, provide direct aid and make arrangements to resume deliveries where the company has reopened operations.

Camp Allen 2017 – A Special Day for All

Every year, for the last 45 years, Teamsters Local 633 sponsors a special day for Camp Allen attendees. Camp Allen hosts individuals of all ages with developmental and physical challenges.  Principal Officer Jeff Padellaro stated that this year’s event was once again a great success. Jeff credited the many active and retired Teamsters who volunteered their time to make this event a success. Other partners that contributed to the success of this event include First Student who provided transportation for the attendees; and Pepsi, Coca-Cola and Bimbo Bakeries who provided beverages, snakes and desserts. Associated Grocers provided transportation of all the food and supplies along with the campers’ equipment in addition to their very generous donation. 

Jeff stated that it was rewarding to see the many campers enjoying the event with laughter and smiles. He also noted that many of the volunteers also looked very happy as they observed their impact on their guests for the day. 

Principal Officer Jeffrey Padellaro expressed his sincere thanks for the many Teamsters Local 633 who volunteer their time each year to make this event a success. 

 

Teamsters Local 633 Wins Another Arbitration Case

UPS Denied Member’s Right to Return to Work

 

This case involves a regular full-time 22.3 Teamster who, unfortunately, was hurt on the job last year while working out of the company’s Nashua, NH facility.  He recovered to the point that his own doctor cleared him to return to work in January of 2017 but that wasn’t good enough for UPS. They delayed his return by 21 days and, in the process, he was denied compensation he would have earned if UPS simply followed Article 20 of the contract. Teamster Business Agent Kevin Foley stepped in and helped.

When recently discussing this issue, Foley stated:

 “For years, when UPS violated Article 20 in terms of the 3rd doctor procedure thereby delaying our member’s right to return to work after an injury, whether work- related or not, they would do the right thing and pay the grievances. Recently, with the new UPS, they adopted the delay, then deny, payment approach. Local 25 just arbitrated a similar case and won which was a huge victory for all our UPS members in the U.S. In this case, like the Local 25 case, there was no affirmative contractual defense for the company. The negotiated language is clear and must be followed. Historically, the reason the Union proposed this language and demanded UPS agree to it at the table years ago was because they were doing things like this to our injured UPS members.  In this case I filed a grievance for our member and I got him paid the difference between what he received while on workers’ compensation and what he would have earned had UPS not violated the contract for those 21 days, plus his Health and Welfare and Pension contributions.

Let me be clear, once our UPS members are cleared by their doctor, the contract is clear: UPS has three (3) days to get him/her to the company doctor or we go to a 3rd doctor to settle the matter within ten (10) days.  The company in this case simply ignored the Union’s request for the 3rd Doctor, causing a violation and triggering the Union’s grievance. If the 3rd doctor agrees with our member’s own doctor, UPS must back pay to the date our member was cleared by his doctor.  If, alternatively, the 3rd doctor agrees with the company doctor, there would be no liability on the company’s end. It’s important that if you should get hurt on-the-job, you report it right away and seek medical treatment through the doctor of your choice. If there are any problems at all you should be calling me directly at my office 603-625-9731 Ext 18 for assistance.”

CSO Contract Signing Ceremony at the NH Supreme Court

L to R: Chris Keating, Director AOC; Pat Ryan, Regional Director AOC; Steve Reynolds, CSO  and Steward; Richard Laughton, Business Agent; the Honorable Linda Stewart Dalianis, Chief Justice NH Supreme Court; Lance Walton, Supervisor CSO and Steward; Jason Jordanhazy, Security Manager AOC; and Kim France, HR Director AOC.

State Court Security Officers attended a formal Contract signing with Chief Justice Linda Stewart Dalianis on June 15, 2017.  Business Agent Rick Laughton and the Court Security Officers negotiated a two- year agreement which included wage adjustments and pay raises for the next two years. The contract with the Administrative Office of the Courts also includes additional 4- and 5- day positions with state health care benefits. Equipment concerns raised by the membership, and negotiated by the Teamsters, resulted in an agreement for the AOC to upgrade flashlights, provide puncture- proof gloves, and issue uniform blazers to new hires. These 150 men and women provide security in the Courts throughout NH for the benefit not only of the public that utilizes the Courts but also the Staff that work within the Courts.