United Parcel Service, Teamsters union to resume labor talks

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United Parcel Service, Teamsters union to resume labor talks
Teamsters employed by UPS hold a rally outside a UPS facility in downtown L.A. as an August 1st strike deadline against the company nears in Los Angeles, Calif., on July 19, 2023. (REUTERS/Mike Blake/File Photo)

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — United Parcel Service said it plans on Tuesday, July 25, to resume labor talks with the Teamsters union representing 340,000 employees, an effort to avert a strike that could roil supply chains and harm the economy.

The two sides in April began talks on a contract covering the company’s U.S. drivers, package handlers and loaders. An existing five-year labor pact expires on July 31.

“With the contract expiration less than two weeks away, we need to work quickly to finalize a fair deal that provides certainty for our customers, our employees and businesses across the country, Atlanta-based UPS said on Saturday.

A spokesperson for the International Brotherhood of Teamsters confirmed the Tuesday talks and pointed to a statement detailing its goals for a five-year agreement that increases pay and full-time jobs, and strengthens protections for workers.

UPS said it hope to “resolve the few remaining open issues” at the talks. The company started negotiations “prepared to increase the already industry-leading pay and benefits we provide our full and part-time union employees and are committed to reaching an agreement that will do just that.”

The two sides have reached tentative agreements on eliminating a two-tier pay structure for delivery drivers and putting air conditioning on package cars. However, they remain at odds over pay increases for part-time workers who sort packages and load trucks.

Talks broke down on July 5 with each side blaming the other.

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