UPS ratifies agreement with International Brotherhood of Teamsters


UPS has ratified a new five-year UPS Freight contract, with International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT). UPS will resume normal operations and will immediately begin accepting new volume from UPS Freight customers. This follows after the company stopped picking up orders to empty its freight network to prevent cargo being stranded in the event of a strike.

Averting a national strike, the agreement was approved by 77% of members which covered 11,600 workers of the company. With already tight capacity and high shipping rates, the strike would have caused further disruption in the industry.

After the initial agreement was voted down in October, the IBT demanded changes to the conditions which covered subcontracted work, wages, pensions and vacation benefits. The amendments prevented strike action ahead of the peak holiday season with 84% of eligible members voting.

The UPS Small Package National Master Agreement (NMA) and UPS Freight Master Agreement have both now also been ratified.

Source: UPS