Denis Taylor, co-chairman of the Teamsters negotiating committee, said in a written statement that the deal provides “tremendous gains in wages, benefits and working conditions for years to come.”
UPS has said the deal would “reward the company’s employees.... while enabling the business to remain flexible,” according to a written statement.
The deal calls for pay raises, including a boost for the company’s thousands of part-time workers, who would start at $13 an hour under the new agreement, up from $10 an hour currently, according to the Teamsters.
The tentative agreement also calls for the creation of 5,000 new full-time jobs over the five-year term of the agreement.
To prevent regular drivers from having to work weekend shifts, the agreement would create a category of drivers that would work Tuesday-Saturday or Wednesday-Sunday.
UPS recently added Saturday pickups and deliveries, since people tend to do a lot of online shopping over the weekend and the orders can pile up by Monday. The company has not expanded such deliveries to Sunday, but the union deal allow the company to do so in the future.
The weekend drivers would make up at most 25 percent of the total work force of regular drivers.
In June before the deal was reached, the union announced the results of a vote to authorize a strike if necessary, a negotiating tactic to ratchet up pressure during negotiations. The Teamsters have faced challenges from dissident groups criticizing deals the union has reached.