FAQs: What's Next for UPS Contract Negotiations?

The National Master Agreement passed by 53%, but my supplement was rejected. What happens now?

The national agreement cannot be finalized until all supplements and riders are renegotiated and ratified by the affected members.

Contract negotiations will resume with UPS and new tentative agreements will be put to a vote of the members.

The majority of UPS Teamsters, including those in the Central Region, the Western Region, as well as Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New York will be voting again on a new contract offer from UPS for their supplements.

Can the International Union bargain over national issues, like the healthcare cuts?

Absolutely. Healthcare is the biggest single reason many of the 18 supplements and riders were rejected and have to be renegotiated. And both UPS and the International Union know it.

Some supplements and riders were rejected by very heavy margins. This gives the union (and the rank and file) leverage.

The company wants an approved contract and soon. To get it, UPS has to convince Teamster members in 18 supplements and riders to approve their contracts. That means addressing healthcare as well as issues in the supplements. Otherwise members can continue to Vote No.

I've heard that national contract issues like healthcare can't be changed because the National Master Agreement was approved.

That is not accurate. UPS and the International Union are free to negotiate over any issue.

Why would UPS bargain over national issues, if the national contract got ratified?

Because UPS wants to get the contract ratified!

UPS has spent a year trying to get an early deal. UPS doesn't want contract negotiations to drag on and they especially don't want strike votes to be held, including at their air hubs in Louisville, Southern California and Philadelphia.

If UPS sees that members in the Central, West and most of the East are prepared to continue to Vote No until healthcare and supplemental issues are dealt with, then management will have a strong incentive to bargain improvements.

What happens if we Vote No a second time on our supplement or rider?

After a second rejection of any supplement, the union will return to the bargaining table again.

On the third vote, a strike authorization vote can be taken.

The IBT Constitution (Article XII, Section 2) spells out the procedure.

Can we make the union leadership start contract negotiations over from scratch?

No, that is not realistic.

But if members stick together and show UPS and the International Union that we will continue to Vote No if necessary, we have the power to win changes to improve the contract.

How can I make a difference?

The company needs to see that members are ready to Vote No again if necessary. UPS Teamster volunteers are sending the company that message by passing out bulletins, circulating petitions and keeping UPS Teamsters informed and united.

Teamsters for a Democratic Union (TDU) is the only network of UPS Teamsters that is helping to coordinate these efforts nationally. 

We're looking for concerned UPS Teamsters who want to work together to win contract improvements. Click here to let us know you want to be involved.

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Local 177 NJ put the new medical benefit language in the master not the supplement as it has always been. Not sure why they did this. The 177 supplement got voted down here as well as the master. The only problem is they are stuck with the new benefit language anyway. Looks like shenanigans to me.

I am a retired Teamster.  I worked for UPS for 31 years and a Steward for 27 of those.  If I understand the new contract, the cost of my health care is going to increase.  If I understand the new language a new retiree will be recieving a increase in pension amounts which will offset the increase in health insurance while us retirees will be stuck with the increase.   Is this correct?  Without UPS showing a hardship how can they increase retirees rates.   Thanks!

I never got a ballot. When did we vote? Did the union only send out ballots to certain members? How many other Teamsters did not receive one. I contacted my local and have not received a response. I pay $80 a month for membership and I demand a right to vote on this contract.

Regarding 35 year part time retirement, Hall and Hoffa better sit down and correct language issues pertaining to Article 34, Section 2. The so-called retirement dept. only interprets the language their way and has been sending me false information for years. In my most recent attempt to retreive retirement information, I have contacted them 5 times dating back to May 2013 in which I still have not received a response. I am informing Teamster members of this situation because I am sure many others have had this problem or will face this problem in the future. We have to alleviate that bullshit summary plan description booklet that the contract refers to and make all language only pertain to master agreement. UPS can and will change the spd booklet to their advantage, believe me.We have to correct this................ HEAR THIS HOFFA AND HALL: DO NOT SELL US OUT ON THIS CONTRACT. UPS HAS MADE BILLIONS ON THE SWEAT OF OUR BROWS AND THE STRENGTH OF OUR BACKS. WE DESERVE A HELL OF A LOT BETTER THAN YOU DID THE FIRST TIME. NEGOTIATE FOR  THE DUES PAYING TEAMSTER MEMBERSHIP, NOT FOR THE BENEFIT OF UPS