UPS reportedly fired 250 of its New York drivers after the workers participated in a protest against the dismissal of a long-time employee.
The protest, which took place on Feb. 26, found all of the Queens-based employees leaving their shifts for 90 minutes. Workers protested the firing of Jairo Reyes, 24, an employee and union activist.
According to the New York Daily News, twenty of the employees were fired immediately, and 230 were notified that they would lose their jobs as soon as their replacements have been trained.
New York City Public Advocate Letitia James wrote a letter to UPS asking the company to reconsider its harsh policy.
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“These are middle class jobs that sustain families, and we can ill afford to have (so many) adversely affected by a rash decision. We’ve given UPS breaks, particularly as it relates to this (parking) program. They should not treat workers in this manner,” James said.
The parking program James referenced is the Bloomberg-created stipulated-fine program, which saves the company millions in fees for parking tickets throughout the city each year. According to the New York Daily News, UPS still pays around $1 million in NYC parking fines each quarter.