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Negotiating with Grit: UPS-Teamsters Contract Talks Heat Up in Pursuit of a Deal

Updated: Jun 29, 2023


I've got some exciting updates on the UPS-Teamsters contract negotiations. Despite a bit of a delayed start, these guys have been making some serious headway. They've managed to reach an impressive 55 tentative agreements on various contract topics. That's no small feat, my friends!


In a recent webinar, the Teamsters General President, Sean O'Brien, gave us the lowdown. He mentioned how they've been grinding it out for a solid 20 days, and let me tell you, they've been aggressive. This process has never been this efficient, and they're really pushing the boundaries.


But, hold on a sec, there's still work to be done. The union has been quite vocal about their demands when it comes to wages and benefits, and it seems like things have hit a bit of a snag in those areas. They're not seeing eye to eye just yet, but hey, this is where the real challenge lies.


Time's ticking, my friends. We've got less than 33 days left before the current contract expires on July 31. But fear not, UPS is confident they'll strike a deal before that deadline. And trust me, both sides better hope they do because if they don't, the Teamsters have made it crystal clear that they're ready to strike. And let me tell you, that would cause some major disruptions in UPS' network.


Now, here's the good news. They've managed to reach agreements on all non-economic issues, which is a fantastic start. Some of these agreements are pretty big wins, like having company drivers handle more SurePost deliveries and giving the Teamsters a greater say in technology changes within UPS' network. And get this, starting in 2024, all new UPS vehicles will be equipped with in-cab air conditioning. That's right, my friends, keeping it cool while hitting the road!


So, there you have it. While there are still some hurdles to overcome, progress is being made. And I have faith that these guys will find common ground on those wages and benefits. Stay tuned, my hustlers, because the negotiation game is far from over!


But have no fear, if UPS goes on strike, there are other shipping options. Give Specialized Global Logistics a call for a quote.


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