UPS truck
It is likely you did not see one of these on November 29th.
I ordered a new acoustic guitar as a Christmas gift to myself on Tuesday. The store I went to did not have any in stock and would have to have it shipped to me from a warehouse in southeastern Wisconsin. Based on shipping times I would have it Friday November 29th. Which was perfect as my son would be in Chicago with his mom and I would actually have a chance to play it before he disappeared with it.

On Wednesday the tracking number was e-mailed to me and I checked its progress on Thursday. It was sitting in the UPS warehouse in Middleton, Wisconsin, and was scheduled for delivery on Monday. At first I was somewhat dismayed. My guitar was less than six miles from my house and it would not be delivered until Monday? I went to the UPS website to see if there was a reason for this calamity. There was. UPS was closed the day after Thanksgiving. At first I was incensed—how could UPS not deliver my guitar while I was at work on Friday?

After my initial anger over this horrible injustice wore off I realized that UPS has it right, or more specifically the Teamsters union that negotiated their contract has it right. While UPS does do some deliveries on the day after Thanksgiving, the vast majority of their drivers are not working and have a paid day off.

I would have liked to have had my guitar on the day after Thanksgiving; however, I am kind of glad I did not get it. It gave me time to be thankful for unions and to wish that I had the day after Thanksgiving as a paid holiday. Now, I could have gone the other way with this and said, "I have to work why aren't those lazy union drivers at UPS working." But, that would not be the right thing to do—just because someone has something you don't have is no reason to take it away from them. You should work on getting the same thing.

Originally posted to Daily Kos Labor on Mon Dec 02, 2013 at 12:00 PM PST.

Also republished by Badger State Progressive.

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