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New York UPS workers rally over claims of unsafe conditions in summer heat
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United Parcel Service (UPS) workers in New York rallied Thursday morning to demand an end to what they say are unsafe working conditions amid sweltering summer temperatures.
Gathering at the Foster Avenue facility in Brooklyn, the Teamsters Local 804 union members are calling on the company to install air conditioning in its trucks.
Workers have also previously claimed there is poor ventilation in UPS facilities.
In a letter, Vincent Perrone, the president of Teamsters Local 804, wrote that the death of 24-year-old Esteban Chavez – who reportedly died after collapsing in his vehicle on a hot day in Pasadena, California – could have been prevented.
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"UPS has refused to install air conditioning in its trucks for years for one simple reason: to save money," he wrote. "UPS makes the conscious decision every summer to allow workers to suffer and die from heat exhaustion rather than spend money on worker safety."
According to a Wednesday report in The City, at least six package delivery drivers in the New York City region experienced heat-related illness on the job during last week’s heat wave.