(The following is a reformatted version of a statement
issued by the Teamsters Union. The statement was confirmed.) 
While the contract vote for the UPS Tentative Agreement is not
complete, a majority of the UPS Teamsters members support the
improvements negotiated in the master agreement that applies to
all union-represented UPS employees nationwide. 
The improvements include significant wage increases totaling
$3.90 per hour over the five year term of the agreement; an
increase in the starting part-time wage rate; creation of 2,350
full time jobs during the first three years of the contract;
protections from harassment and intimidation by supervisors;
protections for employees who choose to work fewer hours in a
day; guaranteed vacation time for employees coming back from
military leave and many other improvements and protections. The
agreement also maintains the current practice of no employee
contributions for monthly premiums for health insurance during
the five-year term of the agreement. 
A provision that moves 140,000 members from a company-sponsored
health insurance plan into a plan that is jointly trusteed by
employers and the Teamsters Union contributed to some of the
supplements being rejected by the members. 
Although it is expected that the master agreement will pass,
some of the supplemental agreements covering specific local
issues have not been approved by a majority of voting members.
The negotiating committees responsible for those supplements and
riders will be talking with the members in their areas.  In the
meantime, the Union will schedule meetings to engage the company
in further negotiations to achieve our members’ objectives. 
The vote count is expected to be completed on Wednesday, June
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