United Parcel Service can discriminate in New Jersey.

UPS contacted popular Miami Herald journalist and blogger Steve Rothause in response to the Pride @ Work press release posted on his blog the previous day.

UPS tried to explain its position in an email that seems to confuse rather than clarify. NJ.com does a better job explaining the “stymied” company.

Here’s the response from UPS to the Pride @ Work press release:

Good day Steve,

My name is Norman Black and I’m the director of media relations for UPS. I noticed the Pride @ Work release posted on your site and just wanted to make clear where UPS stands on this.

I realize Pride @ Work is really taking the N.J. legislature to task, but there’s also a suggestion in their release that UPS is deliberately “hairsplitting.” UPS is just as disappointed by the situation in N.J. as is the couple involved. All UPS managers and administrative staff in New Jersey have domestic partner benefits. The only arena in which
we’ve been stymied is extending health care benefits to Teamster employees in 49 states.

Unfortunately, it’s really not hairsplitting. State law either allows us to treat a domestic partner as a “spouse” under the language of the Teamsters union contract or it doesn’t. And if it doesn’t, the only way for us to address it is through collective bargaining, which is what we’re doing right now.

Please let me know if you need any more info.


Norman Black
Dir., Global Media Services


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