Threat of Strike by 260,000 Union Workers Brings Deal from UPS Management

By Sahid Fawaz

Wishing to avoid a huge strike, a tentative deal was reached by UPS and the Teamsters.

The Atlanta Journal Constitution reports:

“UPS and the Teamsters union have reached a tentative agreement on a new five-year labor deal, which if approved could alleviate the risk of a strike.

The settlement in principle of the national master UPS agreement is subject to approval by UPS local unions, and yet to be resolved are supplemental agreements, according to the Teamsters. The final deal and supplemental agreements will be put to a vote by members.

Negotiations are also continuing on a labor contract for UPS Freight workers.

In a statement on the new agreement, UPS said the deal rewards employees while enabling the business to remain flexible. ‘UPS is well-positioned to grow and meet the needs of its customers,’ the company said.

The massive collective bargaining agreements at issue cover roughly 260,000 workers at UPS, including drivers, package sorters and loaders, operations and dock workers.

The current labor contracts run through July 31. Earlier this month before the deal was reached, the union announced the results of a vote to authorize a strike if necessary, a negotiating tactic to ratchet up pressure during negotiations.

The Teamsters said the agreement reached includes improvements for full-time and part-time workers’ pay, more full-time opportunities for part-time workers, and some increases in the company’s contributions to benefit funds including pensions.

The deal also creates a new classification of drivers aimed at addressing concerns of workers handling weekend deliveries by UPS.”

For the rest of the story, visit the Atlanta Journal Constitution here.

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