Here’s today's labor history:
On this date in 1997, 185,000 Teamsters began what was to become a successful 15-day strike at United Parcel Service over excessive use of part-timers. Bob Herbert of the New York Times wrote that the UPS strike “is best seen as the angry fist-waving response of the frustrated American worker, a revolt against the ruthless treatment of workers by so many powerful corporations."
The strike effectively shut down UPS for 16 days and cost the company hundreds of millions of dollars. The strike was a victory for the union, resulting in a new contract that increased worker's wages, secured their existing benefits and gave increased job security.
Today’s labor quote is by Ron Carey, president of the Teamsters during the 1997 strike. Ron Carey, who said:
“This fight with UPS shows what working people can accomplish when they all stick together. The UPS workers stood up to (the) 'throw away' worker approach and the nation’s working people stood behind us.”
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