The current contracts run through July 31, and the new agreements will take effect Aug. 1 if ratified by union members. Earlier this month 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 said the agreement reached includes improvements for full-time and part-time workers’ pay, more full-time opportunities for part-time workers, and some increases in the company’s contributions to benefit funds including pensions.
The deal also creates a new classification of drivers aimed at addressing concerns of workers handling weekend deliveries by UPS.
The Teamsters union has come under pressure from dissident groups of members challenging deals reached by the union.
“I realize that the membership is anxious to see the improvements,” said Teamsters UPS National Negotiating committee co-chairman Denis Taylor in a written statement to members, “but as I explained at the beginning of this process, the specifics must be held until the Supplements have been settled and the entire proposed contract has been reviewed” by UPS local unions.