This week the Teamsters National
UPS Negotiating Committee
convened for the ninth week of
negotiations, and the union leaders
discussed a variety of topics that are
important to members.
The committee met throughout the
week, winding up Thursday afternoon.
Topics that were discussed include
pulling loads off the rails to create additional
sleeper teams throughout the
country; allowing destination locals to
file grievances on subcontracting; 70-
hour work week; health & welfare and
pension; as well as wages and progressions.
Earlier in the week, votes were tallied
showing that UPS and UPS Freight
Teamsters overwhelmingly approved
giving their respective negotiating
committees the right to call a strike, if
The UPS members authorized a strike,
if necessary, by a 93 percent margin.
At UPS Freight, the margin was 91
“The strike-authorization votes approved
by our UPS and UPS Freight
members gave the negotiating committees
bargaining leverage this week
and it will give us leverage during future
negotiations,” said Denis Taylor,
Director of the Teamsters Package
Division and Co-Chairman of the Teamsters
National UPS Negotiating Committee.
“A strike is always a last resort.
And although this vote does not mean
that there will necessarily be a strike,
it is clear that the members are ready
to do what is necessary to achieve a
Safety and Health
The IBT Safety and Health Subcommittee
met this week and presented to
UPS several counter proposals on language
in Articles 18, Safety and Health
Equipment, Accidents and Reports and
Article 44, Over 70 Pound Service
Package Handling. The committee discussed
language governing safety
and health committees, heat stress,
and building security. The committee
reached agreement with UPS regarding
language on the handling of over
70-lb smalls bags and several other
proposals in Article 18.
UPS Freight Progress
The UPS Freight National Negotiating
Committee received the company’s
counter-proposals on economics and
will review the proposals in preparation
for the next round of negotiations.
The committee also had in-depth discussions
on issues related to subcontracting.
The next round of negotiations will
take place June 18-21.
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