UPS, one of the country’s largest shipping companies, has reached an agreement to give 250 New York-based drivers their jobs back. The decision comes a week after the workers were fired last month after protesting the firing of a longtime co-worker.
As part of the agreement, the workers will receive a 10-day, unpaid suspension. The union also will pay UPS for damages from the lost productive time.
“The company received acceptable terms and acknowledgement that the walkout was non-contractual,” wrote UPS spokesperson Steve Gaut in an email to The Huffington Post. “Our desire is to return to normal operations.”
Union officials also acknowledged in the agreement that the strike was “illegal and unauthorized and will undertake other actions within the bargaining unit to correct the situation,” he said.
Over 100,000 people have signed petitions calling on UPS to rehire the workers. On one day, more than 3,000 supporters called UPS CEO D. Scott Davis to complain about the firings, according to Joe Dinkin, the communications director at the Working Families Party, a progressive politics group that mobilized support for the employees.
“It proves that even in an economy where the power of employers over workers is stronger than ever, when workers stand together, they can still win,” Dinkin wrote in an email to HuffPost.