April 25, 2013: The International Union announced it has reached a tentative agreement on new five-year contracts at UPS and UPS Freight. Negotiations on some supplements are still not completed.
Details on the new agreements are still sketchy due to the ongoing Information Brownout.
All UPS Teamsters in company health plans will be moved into union health plans.
The contract includes $1/hour increases in contributions to pension and healthcare benefits each year, the same dollar figure as the last contract.
Wage increases under the five-year deal are reportedly 70 cents in each of the first three years, followed by raises of 80 cents and one dollar in the last two years.
The IBT is reporting that part-timers will get a “substantial” pay increase including an increase in the starting wage rate for part-timers which was falling behind minimum wage in a growing number of areas.
The IBT press release does not include any information about the signature issues of production harassment and excessive overtime.
The IBT reports that the UPS Freight agreement “resolves subcontracting issues.” The new subcontracting provisions of both agreements deserve careful scrutiny.
Members will have a chance to review these and other important language changes before the contract ratification votes. First, the proposed contracts will be reviewed at separate upcoming meetings of two representatives from each UPS and UPS Freight local.
TDU and Make UPS Deliver will provide detailed contract information as it becomes available. We urge all UPS and UPS Freight Teamsters to carefully review the proposed agreements, attend local union contract meetings, ask questions, and cast an informed vote.
Click here to the read the International Union’s press release on the tentative agreements at UPS and UPS Freight.