The main sticking point, according to the Teamsters, is the company’s proposed reduction in health benefits that would increase costs, particularly for retirees.
UPS said the mechanics are covered by health insurance with no annual contribution.
The union said health coverage for a retiree and spouse would increase to more than $19,000 in the first year under UPS’s proposal.
“The company is trying to attack our healthcare benefits,” said UPS mechanic Kevin Gawlik, who works at UPS’s maintenance gateway in Rockford, Ill. “When we get close to retirement age… that’s part of the healthcare package that we need because of the strains we put on our bodies.”
Pay is not the issue, Gawlik said. The mechanics get paid around $105,000 a year, according to the company.
Of the UPS aircraft mechanics, about 20 are based in Atlanta, the union says.
UPS in a written statement said it is “confident talks will be completed successfully, just as they have during all previous negotiations with our mechanics.”