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  • UPS Fires 250 Union Employees

    UPS is firing 250 Queens, N.Y., drivers for walking off the job during a 90-minute protest in February.

    The company dismissed 20 of the workers after their shifts Monday and issued notices of termination to another 230 employees, notifying them that they will be fired once the company has trained their replacements, UPS spokesman Steve Gaut told Business Insider.

    The workers were protesting the dismissal of longtime employee and union activist Jairo Reyes, who was fired over an hours dispute, according to Gaut. The New York Daily News first reported on the firings.

    "They took a grievance with one employee and turned it into notices of termination with 250 workers," New York City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer told The Queens Courier. "That’s outrageous. These are good, hardworking employees who have a contract for UPS. To try and break this contract, break this union, is something that is unacceptable and we can’t tolerate."

    UPS fired back that it might need to terminate additional employees if the city alters its contract.

    The local branch of the Teamsters union that represents the dismissed workers has described the firings as "a heartless attack on drivers and their families."

    "The company fired a group of drivers to try to divide us, create panic, or try to get Local 804 to cave in and sell out. That is not going to happen," the union wrote on its website.

    http://finance.yahoo.com/news/ups-fi...143805147.html
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