Supplemental Talks Move to D.C. as Teamsters Call Out UPS for Stalling Regional Negotiations
Supplemental Update — April 14-16, 2023
For several supplemental negotiating committees, last week began with UPS refusing to discuss proposals. It ended with panicked phone calls from company negotiators after the Teamsters announced that there will be no national negotiations until supplements are resolved.
As 14 supplemental negotiating committees met last week with UPS, General President Sean M. O’Brien and General Secretary-Treasurer Fred Zuckerman were not shy about reminding UPS that the company needed to take negotiations much more seriously. The Teamsters released a statement deriding UPS for dragging its feet throughout supplemental bargaining.
“We have clearly stated our intentions to UPS from the beginning that there would be no national negotiations until these regional contracts are completed,” O’Brien said. “This is not a game. After pulling in record-breaking revenue of more than $100 billion last year, UPS is delusional to think they can just ignore the workers who make them successful.”
The hardline approach pushed two supplements — the Michigan Rider and the Local 243 and Metro Detroit Agreement — to reach full tentative agreements. But with 28 supplements still unresolved, committees are demanding to bargain with UPS this week in Washington, D.C., along with the Teamsters National Negotiating Committee.
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