UPS Teamsters: No COLA For You

It’s official: UPS Teamsters will not get a Cost of Living Allowance (COLA) raise this August 1, in addition to the base wage raise of 75c. 

ups-truck-fb-thumb.jpg

Article 33 of the UPS Master Agreement provides for inflation protection, but only if inflation exceeds 3.4%, based on the year of May 2018 to May 2019.  The US Bureau of Labor Statistics has just released the May figures, and the inflation index (CPI-W) only rose 1.7%.

You may be surprised at that, because inflation has risen faster this year.  In fact, the inflation index (CPI-W) has gone up 2.1% in just the last six months, and is rising.

The language of Article 33 states that the COLA will kick in after inflation reaches 3% in a year (measured from May to May), but also says it must be at least a 5c per hour raise to be paid out, so the real figure is about 3.4%. 

UPS has still not paid the retroactive pay on raises earned from August 1, 2018 through April 30 of this year.  That is expected in the first pay period in July.

Get Advice Join TDU Donate

Recent News

Herman Benson: A One-Man Army Working to Revitalize the Labor Movement

My friend Herman Benson died yesterday, just shy of his 105th birthday. He was an inspiration, a leader, and sometimes a critic for so many of us working to put the membership front-and-center in the Teamsters and in the whole labor movement.

YRCW Gets $700 Million CARES Act Loan!

The US Treasury will loan YRCW $700 million under authorization from the CARES Act. $350 million will be used to make H&W and pension benefit payments, and the other $350 million will go to investment in tractors and trailers.

View More News Posts