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UPS employment dispute escalates to cost 250 workers their jobs

Disagreements within the workplace can be difficult for all concerned, and this is no different for workers in Indiana. With cooperation between employers and their employees, these employment disputes can sometimes be resolved internally. However, often they can lead to the dismissal of employees or even further legal issues. A dispute between UPS and one of its employees has recently ballooned following the involvement of the employee’s colleagues.

The matter began with a conversation regarding hours involving just one worker. The employee, who had worked for UPS for 24 years, had a dispute concerning senior staff working hours. The employee was fired after the dispute. In response to his dismissal, other employees organized a 90-minute walk-out protest, which took place in February. UPS has since responded with a decision to dismiss all 250 of the workers who participated in the protest.

Regarding the dismissal, UPS stated they believe the protest constituted unauthorized work stoppage. The company also claims that incident put delivery operations in jeopardy and diminished the organization’s ability to adequately serve customers. They have further pointed out that there was a no-strike clause in the workers' employment contracts.

Local officials have challenged the decision, demanding UPS to give the workers back their jobs. New York City has also been asked to revoke the government contracts with the company. This escalation is an alarming example of how a single dispute can have extreme repercussions if not handled correctly.

Although these workers are based in another state, it is certainly possible that a similar situation could happen here in Indiana. If you are facing a confrontation with your employers or have concerns about your employment contract, it is important to act. The advice and support of an individual with good knowledge of state legislation can be extremely useful. A careful examination of your case can help you confront your employer and reach a just and favorable resolution.

Source: The Huffington Post, "UPS Fires Hundreds Of Workers Who Defended Fired Colleague," Kevin Short, April 2, 2014

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