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IBT members employed by UPS begin receiving back-pay


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

IBT members employed by UPS begin receiving back-pay


REGION, May 29th- Members of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT) Union throughout the nation that are employed by the United Parcel Service (UPS) Inc. have begun receiving their retro-active back-pay checks from the company under the terms of the new five-year Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA).

In the previous edition of the newspaper it was reported that the IBT/UPS workers have a new CBA despite some of the membership rejecting the new 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 labor agreement 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 were not ratified by the membership, including in Louisville, Kentucky. In April the membership in Louisville 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 to implement the new CBA.

Charlie Miller, Business Representative of Local 229 in Dunmore, told the newspaper IBT/UPS workers began receiving their back-pay checks on May 27th. The workers are receiving 70 cents per hour in back-pay for every hour worked from August 1st, 2013 and $1.05 an hour for every over-time hour worked during that period.