February 7, 2014: The proposed contract covering 6,000 UPS Teamsters in Teamsters Local 710 has been mailed out for a vote. Local 710 represents UPS Teamsters in downstate Illinois, Northern Indiana, and Davenport Iowa, along with feeder drivers in Chicago.
The economics track the national agreement on wages and the concession on a four-year progression. The agreement also moves Local 710 UPS Teamsters into the Central States Health & Welfare Fund (They don’t even bother rebranding it as “Team Care”).
Another clear concession allows future hires, both full and part-time, to be scheduled any five days in seven and allows the implementation of a 4 day – 10 hour shift for full-time. (Articles 4 and 25)
There also doesn’t appear to be any language requiring the creation of additional combo jobs. Local 710 represents UPS facilities in both Rockford, Illinois and Davenport, Iowa that would seem ripe for such jobs.
Local 710 UPS Teamsters need to carefully review the proposed changes provided with the ballot. It's up to the membership to determine whether this contract deserves to be passed or should be voted down and sent back for further negotiations.
The Local 710 contract is a separate contract, not a supplement to the National Master Agreement. Ballots will be counted on Feb. 21.