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UPS Freight avoids strike of 11,000 drivers but not everyone is happy

UPS Freight announced Sunday night that a five-year labor agreement with its employees was ratified. Teamsters represent those 11,600 UPS…

UPS Freight announced Sunday night that a five-year labor agreement with its employees was ratified. Teamsters represent those 11,600 UPS Freight workers.

“We will resume normal operations and will immediately begin accepting new volume from UPS Freight customers,” said UPS in a statement to Business Insider.

The passing of this agreement avoids a strike that would have halted UPS Freight shipments. The last time UPS saw a work stoppage was in 1997.

According to Teamsters, 84% of UPS Freight workers in the union voted. Seventy-seven percent voted yes on the contract after months of negotiating.

De meeste consumenten hebben geen interactie met UPS Freight, die beweegt goederen binnen de supply chain en is gescheiden van de kleine-pakketeenheid die leveringen aan mensenhuizen maakt. UPS Freight moved 2.8 billion pounds of goods in the last quarter, FreightWaves reported.

While UPS Freight does not come right to your home, a job stoppage in that division would still be up to the prices of your holiday goods, we reported last week. Shippers zouden niet kunnen leveren goederen op tijd en zouden moeten vinden pricier, last-minute alternatieven in het geval van een strike.

UPS Freight workers are pleased

UPS Freight workers told Business Insider that the contract did not provide enough protection against UPS Freight hiring subcontracted workers, who are not unionized and are typically paid less than full time employees.

They also said they have noticed their benefits being reduced with each contract, which are negotiated for workers on behalf of Teamsters.

Milwaukee-based Curt Siekert, who has been a UPS Freight driver for 1

3 years, said he and his coworkers used to receive 401 (k) matching, health-insurance coverage during work stoppages, and other stipulations. Nå, han sa, at deres arbeidskontrakter ikke dekker disse fordeler.

There is also a multitier wage structure in this contract that allows employees to start at a rate that’s close to what more senior employees make. For eksempel, startskrivere mottar en $ 2 økning, mens arbeidere som har vært med UPS for 36 eller 48 måneder, mottar kun en $ 0,50 økning.

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“The contract pretty much caters to the new employees,” Tanya Finley, a UPS Freight employee based in Orlando, Florida, told Business Insider.

UPS counters that their freight drivers are among the most well-paid in the industry. A UPS Freight driver who has been with the company for 48 months earns 72 cents per mile, according to the latest contract. Truckers typically earn between 28 to 40 cents per mile.

“We are pleased that the UPS Freight Agreement has been ratified,” UPS said in the email statement. “Det er en avtale som belønner vores medarbejdere for deres bidrag til selskapets suksess, samtidig som UPS kan forbli konkurransedyktige.”

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