UPS, Teamsters 89 local negotiations receive indefinite extension
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- UPS and the International Brotherhood of Teamsters agreed to an indefinite extension of the current National Master Agreement, allowing the negotiations to continue locally, the parties said Friday night.
That's after the Teamsters 89 considered a strike at UPS Worldport earlier this week. Teamsters 89 President Fred Zuckerman says the national agreement "takes all of our leverage and bargaining away."
UPS spokesman Mike Mangeot said in an email to WDRB that the extension "means all of the current agreements will remain in place until the supplemental agreements that did not receive a majority of votes have been re-voted and approved."
Despite the earlier threats of a union strike, Mangeot said, "It will be business as usual until we successfully work through those remaining local issues."
Zuckerman told WDRB in a phone interview that the union hopes to resolve "at least 28 open air riders" in the negotiations.
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