For Immediate Release
April 25, 2013
Contact: Leigh Strope, (202) 624-6911
TEAMSTERS REACH TENTATIVE AGREEMENTS COVERING 250,000 WORKERS AT UPS, UPS
Proposed Five-Year Contracts Protect Strong Health Care Benefits While
Significantly Increasing Funding For Pensions, Health And Welfare Funds
(WASHINGTON) – The Teamsters Union announced today that it has reached
tentative agreements with UPS [NYSE: UPS] on new five-year national contracts
for package and freight workers that protect their health care benefits,
provide substantial wage increases and significantly raise contributions to
pension and health and welfare benefits.
The tentative agreement covering UPS package employees moves 140,000 workers
into Teamster-controlled health plans from company plans to maintain current
strong benefits for all UPS Teamsters while growing the funds for Teamsters in
all industries into the future.
“These are solid tentative agreements that all Teamsters at UPS and UPS Freight
can be proud of,” said General Secretary-Treasurer Ken Hall, Co-Chairman of the
Teamsters National Negotiating Committees and Package Division Director. “I am
pleased to announce that we have achieved our members’ priorities of preserving
their excellent health care benefits and protecting them into the future while
also strengthening their pensions and providing pay raises.”
The tentative agreements were reached well in advance of the July 31, 2013
expiration dates for the current, five-year contracts, which cover nearly
250,000 workers at UPS and UPS Freight. The UPS contract is the largest
collective bargaining agreement in North America.
“This is a great day for the Teamsters Union,” said General President Jim
Hoffa, Co-Chairman of the Teamsters National Negotiating Committees. “At a time
when workers and their pay, benefits and working conditions are under attack by
corporate America, we have succeeded in improving the lives of our hardworking
and dedicated UPS and UPS Freight Teamsters for years to come. These tentative
agreements are shining examples to the entire country of a hugely successful
unionized company that thrives because of its workers.”
In the UPS tentative agreement, workers will get substantial pay raises,
including a significant increase in the starting wage rate for part-time
employees. The union also won the creation of more than 2,000 full-time jobs
from the ranks of part-time workers.
For UPS Freight, the tentative agreement resolves subcontracting issues by
putting all laid-off road drivers back to work. UPS Freight workers will
receive substantial wage increases and lower co-pays for health insurance. The
agreement provides the ability for more part-time workers to become full time.
More details about the tentative agreements will be available to Teamster
members at www.Teamster.org/UPS in the coming days. Representatives from UPS
and UPS Freight Teamster Local Unions will meet soon to review the tentative
agreements. Following that meeting, members will vote by mail on the tentative
agreements, with results expected in mid-June. Upon ratification, the
agreements will take effect on Aug. 1.
Founded in 1903, the International Brotherhood of Teamsters represents more
than 1.4 million hardworking men and women in the United States, Canada and
Puerto Rico. Visit www.teamster.org for more information. Follow us on Twitter
@Teamsters and “like” us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/teamsters.
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