The Teamsters Package Division is urging eligible UPS package drivers to protect themselves from excessive overtime by signing up on the 9.5 list, as required by the National Master Agreement. The requirement was suspended during the pandemic, but as of June 5 the company will no longer honor the current 9.5 list. That means drivers need to sign up to get on the list to protect their rights.
“The 9.5 list is a tool that helps prevent abusive over-dispatching and gives drivers the right to file grievances over pay when they are dispatched more than 9.5 hours more than twice a week,” said Sean M. O’Brien, Teamsters General President. “Our goal is to stop UPS from overworking drivers and to make UPS pay drivers when it violates their 9.5 rights.”
When UPS violates 9.5 rights, Article 37 of the National Master Agreement calls for the company to adjust the driver’s work schedule and pay triple time – instead of time and a half – for time worked in excess of 9.5 hours in a day.
The Division is sending out palm cards and leaflets for UPS local unions and members to use at their centers to encourage eligible package drivers to sign up. The deadline to sign up is June 5th.
“The palm cards supporting the 9.5 sign-up campaign should be distributed by locals to all package drivers who are covered by 9.5 language ahead of the June 5 deadline,” said Fred Zuckerman, Teamsters General Secretary-Treasurer. “Drivers should talk to their stewards to sign up.”
It is the responsibility of all eligible package drivers to sign up on the 9.5 list. Once on the list, drivers are advised to file a grievance any time they work more than 9.5 hours three times a week.
“We need locals and shop stewards to get as many eligible drivers on this list as possible to show the company that we are unified as we build a campaign for a new contract in 2023,” O’Brien added.
If you have any questions, please contact the Package Division at Package@teamster.org.