ATLANTA (WDRB) -- Employees represented by the International Brotherhood of Teamsters have voted to approve a new contract. While the National Master contract was approved, the union informed the company that the agreement covering UPS Freight employees and some local agreements will require additional negotiation.
"It will be 'business as usual' while UPS and the IBT resolve remaining issues and Teamster represented employees ratify new agreements," said John McDevitt, UPS Sr. Vice President, Human Resources and Labor Relations.
The National Master contract, which covers approximately 235,000 full- and part-time employees in the United States, was negotiated well in advance of the current contract's expiration of July 31, 2013, and will extend contract coverage through July 31, 2018.
Meanwhile, workers at UPS Worldport in Louisville are considering a strike. In an interview with WDRB on June 25, Teamsters Local 89 President Fred Zuckerman said that's the only leverage employees have when it comes to negotiating.
One of the main concerns of employees is the number of part-time workers versus full-time workers.
"Currently we only have about less than 800 full time jobs out of the 8,800 workers we have out there," explained Zuckerman. "So it takes quite some time for a part-time person to become full-time. Right now it's at 17 years seniority."
Earlier this month the company celebrated the offer, which included bonuses, pay and pension increases. "It is a good deal and we hope our employees take the time to read the material that they've been sent," said UPS Spokesman Mike Mangeot.
This is part of the normal negotiating process and UPS officials have said they are confident that these contracts will be resolved soon.
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