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(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 26th.

(bjh) NY


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