LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- UPS and the International Brotherhood of Teamsters have reach tentative agreement on a new five-year labor contract.

The agreement increases the part-time starting pay rate for each of the five years, from $13.00 on Aug. 1, 2018, to $15.50 on Aug. 2, 2022. Currently, package handlers start at $10.35 per hour, while drivers make at least $19 and top out at about $36.

All part-time employees hired after Aug. 1 will earn that new start rate. 

The pay for full-time combination drivers will starts at $20.50 and reach as high as $34.79 on Aug. 1, 2022.

The agreement, which is subject to approval by union members in a vote next month, affects about 12,000 employees in Louisville, most of which are package handlers and drivers. If approved, it would be in effect until July 31, 2023.

UPS in Louisville declined a request to go on camera but released a statement. “UPS’s goal has been to reward the company’s employees for their contributions to its success while enabling the business to remain flexible to meet its customers’ needs - each of these goals have been met in the new agreement.”

Below is the full news release from the teamsters union:

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