Details of the agreement put forward by the Teamsters include continued negotiations on a number of endorsements covering local labour rules, as well as the separate agreement that covers approximately 11,000 UPS Freight employees represented by Teamsters. LAVAL, That. – Teamsters Canada and UPS Canada have ratified a five-year collective agreement for front-line workers, including drivers. The implementation of the contract guarantees a level of security for UPS for the next four years. “This agreement and the master`s contract previously negotiated for UPS Freight employees help ensure that UPS and our employees are well positioned to succeed in the years to come,” said Teri McClure, Chief Human Resources Officer und Senior Vice President of Labor at UPS. UPS and the International Brotherhood of Teamsters union have entered into a preliminary labour agreement that would cover UPS employees represented by Teamsters in small parcel rolls. One of the controversial topics at the negotiating table was the implementation of technology in the operation of the UPS. The new contract requires UPS to hire teamsters six months before the announcement of business plans to integrate new technologies such as drones, driverless vehicles or road trains. However, the agreement does not give the union a veto. “Our union has been able to achieve financial and other improvements in the working conditions of these hard-working Canadians on the front lines of this pandemic. This recognizes the crucial role they have played in the supply chain since the onset of this crisis,” said Teamsters Canada National President Francois Laporte. Teamsters ratified the master`s contract last October, although more union members voted against the agreement than they did. According to trade union rules, two-thirds of them must reject the agreement if less than half of the members vote.
Only 44% of the members took part in the ratification referendum, but among them they did not reject the agreement by a two-thirds majority. The new contract will improve wage growth for all categories of workers, meaning that some members will receive immediate increases of up to $2 to $3 per hour. Workers who already receive the maximum rate will receive an increase of $4.10 over the five-year contract. Full-time seniority workers (at least 90 days on duty) earn twice as much time on weekends if they work at least five hours. Negotiations between the union and UPS began well before July 31, 2018, the expiration date of the previous five-year contract. An agreement was not only a long process, but also a controversial process. Parcel delivery giant UPS and the International Brotherhood of Teamsters union have reached an interim labour agreement for a five-year contract covering UPS employees represented by Teamsters in small packages and removing a possible strike. The agreement, which is subject to ratification, came after months of collective bargaining. “This agreement provides our employees and customers with lasting stability for the next five years,” said Dominic Porporino, President of UPS Canada. “At a time when so many Canadians need supply chains for important goods, ratification demonstrates our employees` commitment to continue to serve our customers and rewards them by improving their compensation and benefits.” UPS Freight stopped pickups last year pending a workers` strike. The company and the union reached an agreement to avoid a strike, which nevertheless led to disruption.
UPS Store employees are not unionized and are not covered by this agreement. UpS`s goal is to reward the company`s employees for their contribution to success while keeping the company flexible to meet the needs of its customers, the company says.