UPS Profits Are Up; Wants Cost Control, Concessions

UPS announced today that it made $1.16 billion in profits in the first quarter. But with contract negotiations coming, management is preaching “cost control.”

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On a conference call today, top execs projected UPS will make over $4 billion this year. First quarter profits are up. Profits at UPS Freight were up by almost 22 percent. Volume rose by 4 percent. Revenue hit $15.32 billion.

All these numbers exceeded Wall Street’s projections. But with contract negotiations on the horizon, UPS and UPS Freight Teamsters should expect management to pour on the doom and gloom.

The new watchword at UPS and on Wall Street is “cost control.”

E-commerce is less profitable than business-to-business deliveries. Volume is up, but profit-per-package is down.  

To increase the profit margin on each package, UPS is turning to technology like the new automated hubs under construction and they are squeezing workers for more production.

For management “cost control,” means speed-up and concessions.

In the last contract, UPS lengthened the progression, cut healthcare, and froze part-time starting pay at $10 an hour among other concessions.

It’s a different story when it comes to UPS CEO David Abney, who made $13.4 million last year. Abney got a 21 percent increase in 2016, a 35 percent raise in 2015, and a nearly 105 percent increase in 2014. (Source: U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission).

UPS and UPS Freight Teamsters are proud to work for a profitable company. We want UPS to be successful—and it is.

UPS projects that profits for the year will be from $5.80 to $6.10 per share. That’s up to $4.7 billion.  

UPS and UPS Freight Teamsters know that it’s our work that makes these profits.

We’ve had enough of givebacks and weak contracts. There are 4.7 billion reasons why the next contract needs to be about the members.

For more:

CNBC: UPS Earnings Beat the Street’s Estimates

UPS Press Release on First Quarter Profits

Teamsters United Launches UPS Contract Network

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