By a vote of 161-1, Teamsters local unions representing 340,000 full- and part-time workers at UPS Inc. (NYSE: UPS) voted Monday to endorse the tentative five-year agreement reached with the delivery giant on July 25 and recommend its passage by the full membership.
Of the 176 local unions with UPS members, 14 affiliates failed to show up to a meeting in Washington, D.C., to review the tentative agreement, the Teamsters said.
The agreement now moves to the rank-and-file, which will have the chance to vote on ratification from Aug. 3-22.
The gains achieved during negotiations, which occurred regionally and nationally since January, are larger and more lucrative than any previous Teamsters contract at UPS, the Teamsters have said.
The tentative agreement, which the Teamsters said is valued at $30 billion, establishes sizable wage increases for all workers for the life of the contract, installation of air conditioning in new vehicles, the end of a controversial two-tier wage system, catch-up raises for part-timers, Martin Luther King Day as a paid holiday for the first time, and new language to prevent forced overtime on days off.
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