TEAMSTERS SEND URGENT MESSAGE TO UPS AS BARGAINING CONTINUES
After a long Friday, the Teamsters National Negotiating Committee met UPS at the bargaining table early Saturday to return new articles for improved economic benefits. After some movement the day prior, UPS heard loud and clear from the union that members are still demanding improved weekend work schedules, the creation of tens of thousands of new full-time jobs, clarified language for cost-of-living adjustments, and more paid holidays.
As UPS negotiators reviewed the Teamsters’ counterproposal, General President Sean M. O’Brien, General Secretary-Treasurer Fred Zuckerman, and the full committee delivered a live, urgent update on the state of negotiations in front of Teamsters headquarters in Washington.
In addition to reiterating how committed the union is to work through the holiday weekend, the Teamsters made sure to remind UPS how little time remains for the company to do right by 340,000 full- and part-time workers.
“UPS has an opportunity to set an example for how companies, big or small, should respect working people. But these executives have very little time left to do the right thing,” O’Brien said. “Both sides have made commitments to get a historic deal done no later than July 5. If UPS fails on this pledge, they know what’s waiting for them. UPS will put itself on strike and force the supply chain in this country to come crashing down.”