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UPS/IBT members have new five-year contract agreement

05.19.14

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

UPS/IBT members have new five-year contract agreement

BY PAUL TUCKER
THEUNIONNEWSSWB@AOL.COM

REGION, April 29th- The International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT) Union members employed by United Parcel Service (UPS) have a new Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) despite some of the membership rejecting the labor contract.

More than nine months after the national bargaining committee of the IBT and officials of the UPS Inc., a national package delivery company, reached agreement on a new five-year CBA some rank-and-file of the union refused to ratified the successor pact, delaying the implementation of the terms and conditions of the new CBA.

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, seventeen regional supplements must then be negotiated and 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 approved by the rank-and-file before the CBA can take effect.

Three of the supplements have not been ratified by the membership, including in Louisville, Kentucky. Last month they voted 2804 to 185, again rejecting their supplement.

However, the IBT/UPS National Negotiating Committee, which includes Patrick Connors, Secretary/Treasurer/Business Representative and Principal Officer of IBT Local 401, in Wilkes-Barre, overwhelmingly voted several weeks ago to implement the new CBA.

The IBT stated the committee had the authority to “over-ride” the several IBT Local Unions that had rejected the passage of the agreement. Mr. Connors previously told the newspaper, with the understanding it would not publish the information before the action was taken, that the committee was considering implementing the UPS contract should some of the membership again reject the contract.

The UPS workers will now receive “back-pay” for wages earned during the more than nine months it took before the new contract was implemented.