UPS walked away from the bargaining table on July 5 after telling our union, “We have nothing more to offer.” Yesterday, the company returned to the table and agreed to a tentative agreement that forces the company to deliver record wage increases on top of all the improvements we had already won in our year-long contract campaign. The full Tentative Agreement is now available on the UPS Teamsters app and here.
Making UPS Pay Up
The tentative agreement includes:
Wage Increases: All current UPS Teamsters, both full-time and part-time, will get $7.50 in raises over the life of the contract, including $2.75 on August 1.
Current part-timers: All current part-timers will be paid at least $21 an hour immediately—and make a minimum of $25.75 by the end of the contract.
MRAs: Part-time workers working under a market rate adjustment will receive all new general wage increases.
Longevity increases: Part-timers with over five years of service will receive an additional longevity increase over and above their general wage increase of up to $1.50 an hour depending on their years at UPS.
Part-Time Starting Pay: Starting pay for part-timers will be raised to $21 immediately and go up to $23 by the end of the contract.
Full-time 22.3 jobs: UPS must create 7,500 new full-time inside 22.3 jobs by combining 15,000 part-time jobs.
Pension increases in the IBT-UPS plan: Over 60,000 Teamsters in the 22 states covered by the IBT-UPS Pension Plan will get major increases to their previously substandard pension benefit.
Beyond the dollars and cents, the proposed contract still has all of the previously announced negotiated improvements, including:
No More Two-Tier 22.4: All drivers currently classified as 22.4 will be reclassified as Regular Package Car Drivers, placed in seniority, and have their pay adjusted to the appropriate RPCD rate. Former 22.4 drivers will have 9.5 and 8-hour request rights, subject to Article 37.
No Forced Sixth Punch: UPS cannot force any package driver to work on their scheduled days off—eliminating forced overtime on a sixth or seventh punch.
Martin Luther King Day will be added as a paid holiday in each supplement and rider.
No Driver-Facing Cameras: There will be no driver-facing cameras or audio or video recording devices. Outward-facing cameras cannot be used for discipline.
Air Conditioning: The contract includes a variety of improvements to protect workers from excessive heat, including air conditioning, additional fans, heat shields, and air induction vents.
Protections Against PVDs: UPS part-timers will have priority to perform all personal vehicle work with an 8-hour guarantee of work. Personal vehicle deliveries will only be allowed for five weeks during peak in November and December.
The proposed contract includes more than 60 changes. Read a summary of them here.
Members will be able to review all of the proposed contract changes in their entirety, starting July 31 after the two-person meeting which brings together local officers from all 176 local unions.