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IBT/UPS contract still not yet ratified by membership

03.25.14

MARCH 2014, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre/Hazleton Edition of The Union News

IBT/UPS contract still not yet ratified by membership

BY PAUL TUCKER
THEUNIONNEWSSWB@AOL.COM

REGION, March 2nd- More than eight months after the national bargaining committee of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT) Union and officials of the United Parcel Services (UPS) Inc., a national package delivery company, reached agreement on a new five-year Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) some members of the union have yet to ratified the successor pact, delaying its implementation.

The IBT represents approximately 249,000 of the 323,000 UPS employees, including full and part-time workers. Around 245,000 of those are covered by the master contract agreement between the company and the union.

In June 2013 the two parties agreed to a new five-year national master CBA that included wage increases as well as health and pension benefits.

However, after the national master agreement was ratified, sixteen regional supplements must then be approved by the rank-and-file membership throughout the nation. The supplement agreements cover mostly the regional healthcare benefit packages between the IBT members and UPS. Therefore, the supplements must be negotiated separately and approved by the rank-and-file before the CBA can take effect.

According to Patrick Connors, Secretary/Treasurer/Business Representative and Principal Officer of IBT Local 401, in Wilkes-Barre, and a member of the IBT/UPS National Negotiating Committee, which negotiated the new pact, there are several regional supplements that have not yet been ratified by the rank-and-file which is causing the delay in the implementation of the terms and conditions of the contract.

A UPS driver told the newspaper, who requested his name not be published, that many of his co-workers are disappointed that the new pact is taking so long to be ratified, but the good news is they will receive a big retro-active back-pay check.