Updated: Aug 30
After over a week of deliberation, UPS and the Teamsters Union have reached a contractual agreement, effectively halting the upcoming strike as of July 25th, 2023. This deal is still pending ratification by union members, however, it is expected to be widely accepted and will go down in history as a success for labor unions.
What does this mean for you?
Business will likely resume as usual! Unionized workers will vote on this resolution from August 3rd through the 22nd. Until then, the strike is on hold. If you’ve made alternative arrangements for your shipping needs, keep these on standby pending union approval of the offer.
What does this mean for UPS workers?
Pay raises and improved labor conditions for UPS workers have been secured! This five-year plan will increase the income of part-time employees from a base of $16.50 to $21 an hour immediately. Over the course of the next five years, full-time employees will see a pay raise of $2.75/hour in 2023, followed by a $7.50 increase by the end of the five-year period. Other issues addressed include the prohibition of forced overtime during off days as well as the addition of A/C units to delivery trucks.
Other benefits for UPS workers include:
The creation of 7,500 full-time jobs
Filling 22,500 open positions
Removing underpaid positions such as weekend-only drivers
What does this mean for everyone?
The vital shipping industry will not only experience a boost in employment, morale, and livability, but will also become a far more fair, safe, and equitable working environment! The world of commerce is dependent on the hardworking members of the shipping industry, and their well-being as a whole will strengthen and benefit us all. Keep an eye out for more updates on this situation as it unfolds.