UPS Freight Contract Rejected in Separate Referendum
(WASHINGTON) – Workers at UPS represented by the Teamsters Union have ratified a new five-year national contract.
The vote on the contract was 42,356 in favor and 50,248 opposed. In such circumstances where fewer than 50 percent of the membership votes on a final contract offer, the International Constitution provides that “a two-thirds (2/3) vote of those voting shall be required to reject such a final offer…” Failure to reject the offer by at least two-thirds vote of those voting “shall require the negotiating committee to accept such final offer or such additional provision as can be negotiated by it.” Only 44.3 percent of members voted and 54.2 percent opposed the agreement – triggering the constitutional provision. Thus, the National Master Agreement has been ratified.
The Teamsters UPS National Negotiating Committee fully intends to demand that UPS return to the negotiating table to address a number of member concerns in the National Master Agreement.
Additionally, regional and local supplements and riders were tallied and the National Negotiating Committee will follow up with those committees to move forward.
The union also announced that UPS Freight Teamsters have rejected a proposed five-year national agreement with UPS Freight by a vote of 2,601 in favor and 4,255 opposed with 66.2 percent of the membership voting.
The Teamsters National UPS Freight Negotiating Committee will notify the company that the union is terminating the contract extension, and the committee will contact the company to request another round of negotiations in order to address members’ concerns. That agreement, which covers about 11,600 union-represented workers, will then need to be voted on again by the members.