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Fired UPS workers rally at City Hall

Elected officials call on the delivery service to rehire the released drivers

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Posted: Thursday, April 10, 2014 10:30 am | Updated: 11:29 am, Thu Apr 17, 2014.

Another week of verbal barbs and rallies and neither side in the war between United Parcel Service and the fired 250 employees of the company’s Maspeth facility is ready to back down.

Joined by City Comptroller Scott Stringer, Public Advocate Letitia James and City Council members Elizabeth Crowley (D-Middle Village) and Rory Lancman (D-Fresh Meadows), dozens of Teamsters Local 804 members rallied on the steps of City Hall last Thursday. They were protesting UPS’s termination of 250 workers after they walked off the job for 90 minutes on Feb. 26 in support of a fired colleague.

“I do not understand who in that company put forward a business plan to take away a generation of good will between UPS and the City of New York,” Stringer said. “This is not going to end this way.”

The first 20 of the 250 workers were officially relived of their duties last week, and according to a release on Local 804’s website, an additional 16 employees were let go on Friday, bringing the total number of fired drivers to 36.

After the rally at City Hall, UPS released a statement, saying the February walkout damaged the company’s commitment to timely deliveries and the workers must be held accountable.

“We cannot allow employee misconduct that jeopardizes our ability to reliably serve our customers and maintain order in our delivery operations,” the statement says. “For this reason, the company is releasing employees involved in the work stoppage.”

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