UPS drivers say they're concerned about 70-hour work weeks ahead of Christmas


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UPS drivers in Massachusetts say the Christmas crunch is leading to potentially dangerous demands.

We see them all the time – drivers in their brown uniforms delivering packages door-to-door. But on Monday, drivers are taking a stand against the company.

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Drivers say they’re already working long, grueling hours. That’s true especially during the holiday season.

Now the union president wants to send a message that working a 70-hour work week is unfair.

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The union said employees across New England will take a stand Monday. They said it’s unsafe that the company is putting profits ahead of people.

And drivers who usually show up early for their shift are joining in on the demonstration.

"UPS appreciates exceptional effort of all employees during our peak holiday shipping season, when delivery volumes near double the normal level," UPS said in a statement Monday morning. "Our employees’ scheduled work week is in compliance with Department of Transportation requirements. Union-represented employees are paid time and one-half for work above 40 hours per week and they receive the industry’s most attractive compensation and benefits program.”