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Teamsters Make Early Gains as UPS National Negotiations Move Forward


As committees for two supplemental contracts moved closer to resolution, bargaining between the Teamsters National Negotiating Committee and UPS continued in earnest on Tuesday.

Both chairs for the still outstanding regional agreements — the Local 89 Louisville Air Rider and the NorCal Supplement and Sort in California — strongly urged the Teamsters’ national committee to move forward in its exchange of proposals with UPS. Non-economic proposals were shared throughout the day, with early tentative language agreed to on many articles.

“Brian Hamm with Local 89 and Mark Hawkins with NorCal stood in front of our committee and urged national negotiations to get underway. Our regional teams feel confident their contracts are close to resolution and they will come to agreement with UPS during ongoing bargaining locally,” said Teamsters General President Sean M. O’Brien. “As proposals were exchanged with the company, the Teamsters’ national committee warned UPS that national talks can and will be shut down if deals are not successfully reached in Louisville and Sacramento.”

The Teamsters made gains quickly by reaching tentative agreement on five issues, including:

“What’s most critical about these early hours of national negotiations is that big gains are already being made and the Teamsters have made zero concessions to get them,” said Teamsters General Secretary-Treasurer Fred Zuckerman. “The progress made since yesterday at the national table has been hugely consequential for the rest of the bargaining process. It sets a tone that the Teamsters are here to work for our members and walk away with the best contract ever achieved at UPS.”

The Local 89 and NorCal supplemental contract committees continued negotiations as well, with virtual and in-person talks expected to continue at least to May 10. UPS will return to the bargaining table with the Teamsters’ national committee at 10 a.m. Wednesday.

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