On the Table in UPS Talks: Ending Article 40 Concessions

Eliminating loopholes in Article 40 is on the table in national contract negotiations and UPS Teamsters who work in UPS’s air operations are ready to close the concessions stand for good.

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Article 40 was put into the contract in 1987 to give UPS flexibility to expand its air operations which were just getting off the ground. 

Thirty-five years later, UPS profits from air operations are soaring but the loopholes in Article 40 remain.

Contract negotiations are our chance to end a generation of givebacks and substandard pay for Teamsters in the company’s air operations, including


Our union is fighting for starting pay of $25 with catch-up increases for current part-timers. 

Air drivers deliver the most lucrative volume for substandard pay. That has to change.

End Split Wages

Combo air drivers get different pay rates when they are driving or doing inside work. They deserve a single pay rate just like 22.3s. 

Daily Guarantee

Teamsters under Article 40 only get a 3-hour guarantee. This contract, we can win a daily guarantee equal to part-timers in the ground operation. A 3½ or 4-hour guarantee would make part-time air workers eligible for a full-year of pension credit. 


Air drivers should receive overtime pay on a 6th punch, regardless of how many hours they’ve work. Part-time air drivers should receive overtime pay after 5 hours, like other part-timers.

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