Subscribe to our free, weekly email newsletter!


UPS Teamsters vote to begin contract negotiations in September

By Jeff Berman, Group News Editor
June 07, 2012

The International Brotherhood of Teamsters said this week that its leadership voted unanimously to commence negotiations for the national UPS and UPS Freight contracts, effective September 27.

The Teamsters said these contracts represent roughly 250,000 union members throughout the United States.

And they added that the current five-year agreements expire July 31, 2013, with the UPS contract covering package delivery drivers, loaders, unloaders and sorters at UPS, as well as employees at Cartage Services Inc., while the agreement with UPS Freight covers drivers, dockworkers and clerks.

Teamsters General Secretary-Treasurer and Package Ken Hall said in a statement that starting negotiations this year means that “three weeks will be dedicated this fall to address important operations issues, clearing the way to start focusing in January solely on the critical economic concerns of job security, wages, health care and pensions for both UPS and UPS Freight Teamsters.”

And UPS spokesman Norman Black told LM that “this progress is the right thing to do for our employees and our customers,” adding that an early start to the negotiations greatly increases the chances of an early finish.

The Teamsters said that this effort was spurred by UPS’s strong financial performance. In April, UPS announced that first quarter revenue increased 4.4 percent to $13.1 billion and quarterly adjusted operating profit rose 6.6 percent to $1.57 billion.

“The struggling economy and the company’s recent announcements about record quarterly profits make this good timing to open negotiations,” Hall said. “We want to address operations issues now so we can concentrate next year on other important issues such as wages, health care and pensions.”

In April 2011, aircraft mechanics at UPS represented by the International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT) ratified a new labor agreement through November 1, 2013. This contract covers 1,200 aircraft maintenance technicians and employees in related trades at UPS.

About the Author

Jeff Berman headshot
Jeff Berman
Group News Editor

Jeff Berman is Group News Editor for Logistics Management, Modern Materials Handling, and Supply Chain Management Review. Jeff works and lives in Cape Elizabeth, Maine, where he covers all aspects of the supply chain, logistics, freight transportation, and materials handling sectors on a daily basis. .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).


Subscribe to Logistics Management magazine

Subscribe today. It's FREE!
Get timely insider information that you can use to better manage your
entire logistics operation.
Start your FREE subscription today!

Recent Entries

The “good news story” of the season appears to be generated by officials at The Port of Oakland, who report that it has taken additional steps in an ongoing effort to manage a surge of inbound container vessel calls.

The PMA, which represents employers at America’s 29 West Coast ports, has finally asked for federal mediation in its contract negotiations with the ILWU.

Seasonally-adjusted (SA) for-hire truck tonnage in November was up 3.5 percent compared to October, which was up 0.5 percent over September at 136.8 (2000=100), marking the highest SA on record.

UPS said that through this acquisition it will augment its healthcare expertise and network in Europe, specifically in the fast growing healthcare markets in Central and Eastern Europe.

Carloads were up 12.1 percent at 312,271, and intermodal at 280,337 containers and trailers saw a 4.5 percent annual gain.

Article Topics

News · UPS · Teamsters · All topics

Comments

Post a comment
Commenting is not available in this channel entry.


© Copyright 2013 Peerless Media LLC, a division of EH Publishing, Inc • 111 Speen Street, Ste 200, Framingham, MA 01701 USA