Ups Essay Research Paper At 1201 am

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Ups Essay, Research Paper At 12:01 a.m. August 04,1997, 185,000 members of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, one of the largest and historically most powerful unions in the U.S., struck against the United Parcel Service, the company which ships 80 percent of all packages in the country. It was the first nationwide strike in the 90-year history of UPS, and involves more workers than any strike in this decade. “It’s Our Contract, We’ll Fight for It” said Teamster signs. It’s more than just a contract dispute, and what’s needed is a fight to win this key labor battle. “We’re striking for every worker in America,” said a picketing UPS driver in Atlanta. He’s right, and then some. All working people, minorities, immigrants and every other oppressed

sector in this country have a stake in this struggle. We must prepare now to come out and defend the UPS strikers against the blows that the bosses and their government are already preparing. A 21-year UPS driver picketing outside the UPS Metro facility at 43rd Street in Manhattan told The Internationalist: “this is a standoff between labor and management–here it’s UPS, but it’s almost everywhere. The management at UPS looks at us with contempt.” Deep-seated resentment against the highhanded UPS bosses and the sheer power of the unionized work force make this a chance to turn the tide of the more than two decades of defeats that the unions have suffered. UPS was founded in 1907 by a 19-year-old Seattle teenager who employed a team of boys to deliver luggage, parcels,

and store purchases, UPS matched company growth with innovation. The company pioneered the idea of “consolidated delivery,” which streamlines performance by combining packages addressed to the same neighborhoods. UPS introduced its service to the general public after World War II, and had its national network in place by 1975. Its international network was set up soon after. In 1988, UPS received approval to operate as an independent airline, and it is currently the nation’s ninth-largest, even offering weekend charter flights. Package delivery for retail stores became the company’s focus, and in 1913 Jim merged with a competitor, Evert (”Mac”) McCabe, and the American Messenger Company changed its name to Merchants Parcel Delivery. Charles W. (”Charlie”)

Soderstrom joined the firm and helped manage the company’s growing fleet of delivery vehicles. During this period, the company also pioneered the concept of consolidated delivery, combining packages addressed to a certain neighborhood onto one delivery vehicle. The company extended operations to Oakland, California, and later to Los Angeles. In 1919, the name United Parcel Service was adopted. “United” because shipments were consolidated, and “Service” because, as Charlie Soderstrom observed, “Service is all we have to offer.” In 1929, the company opened United Air Express, offering package delivery via airplane to major West Coast cities and as far inland as El Paso, Texas. All UPS vehicles were painted the now-familiar Pullman railroad brown color. By the 1930s,

UPS provided delivery services in all major West Coast cities, with a consolidated delivery service in the New York City area. The first mechanical system for package sorting was developed, and a 180-foot-long conveyor belt was installed in Los Angeles. By the early 1950s it was clear that contract service to retail stores was limited and UPS managers began looking for new opportunities. They decided to expand their services by acquiring “common carrier” rights to deliver packages between all addresses, for any customer, private or commercial. This decision placed UPS in direct competition with the U.S. Postal Service. In 1953, UPS resumed air service, offering two-day service to major cities on the East and West coasts. The service, called UPS Blue Label Air, grew and in