News from 638 & Beyond
- Q: Why is it important that surepost is delivered by teamsters?A: Packages on package cars means more routes and more jobs! By stopping oversized Surepost packages being delivered in bulk to USPS for delivery, you are making sure that UPS packages are delivered by other UPS members!Q: How do i know if a surepost package is too big?A: Surepost packages cannot be over 2 cubic feet or more than 10 pounds.Q: I can tell how much a package weighs by looking at the label, how can I know if a package is over 2 cubic feet?A: Below this Q&A, you will find a guide to help you easily determine if a Surepost package is oversized and when to redirect it so it is delivered on a package car by a Teamster!Q: Where can I get a measuring tape?A: Ask your steward for one. If they do not have any, contact your business agent and they will make some available.Q: Will i get disciplined if i redirect a surepost package because of it's size?A: No. If you are either a preloader or a package car driver delivering to USPS, the contract gives you protection to set aside these packages and send them to a clerk to be redirected to a regular package car.
Article 26 makes it clear: "No employee shall be disciplined for redirecting a package pursuant to this paragraph."
- Q: What does it mean that irrigs and 70+ lb packages cannot co-mingle on a moving belt or slide?A: The answer will depend on the setup of the center you work in. If you don't feel safe from how these packages are arriving at your workspace, bring it to the attention of your supervisor and steward.