UPS-Teamsters negotiations update

The latest updates from our 2023 U.S. contract negotiations with the Teamsters
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Latest updates

September 9:
UPS employees represented by Teamsters Local 705, which covers the Chicago area, have voted to ratify their collective bargaining agreement with UPS. This agreement is separate from the National Master Agreement, which was fully ratified Aug. 25. UPS’s new five-year contract with Local 705 takes effect immediately and runs through July 31, 2028.

August 25: Our new five-year contract with the Teamsters is fully ratified with the last supplement approved by its members today. The new contract goes into effect immediately and covers a five-year period through July 31, 2028. Additionally, UPS Teamsters-represented employees in Local 710 have voted to approve their collective bargaining agreement with UPS. This agreement covers some employees in Illinois, Iowa and Indiana and is separate from the National Master Agreement. The contract with 710 will go into effect immediately and run through July 31, 2028.

August 22: Our Teamsters-represented employees have voted to overwhelmingly ratify a new five-year National Master Agreement that covers more than 300,000 full- and part-time UPS employees in the U.S. All local supplemental agreements also have been ratified.

July 25: UPS and the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, the union representing about 330,000 UPS employees in the U.S., have reached a tentative collective bargaining agreement.

“Together we reached a win-win-win agreement on the issues that are important to Teamsters leadership, our employees and to UPS and our customers,” said Carol Tomé, UPS chief executive officer. “This agreement continues to reward UPS’s full- and part-time employees with industry-leading pay and benefits while retaining the flexibility we need to stay competitive, serve our customers and keep our business strong.”

The five-year agreement covers U.S. Teamsters-represented employees in small-package roles and is subject to voting and ratification by union members.

July 21: We look forward to meeting the Teamsters at the negotiating table next week to resolve the few remaining open issues. 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. We started these 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.

July 14: Until negotiations at the table resume, we continue to emphasize the importance of reaching a tentative agreement before Aug. 1 to provide certainty for our employees, our customers and the U.S. economy. We are ready to get back to the negotiating table and finalize a deal.

While we have made great progress on a new agreement, we have a responsibility as an essential service provider to take steps to help ensure we can deliver our customers’ packages if the Teamsters choose to strike. We, therefore, have begun implementing business continuity plans to prepare for any outcome. Click here for more information.   

July 7: The Teamsters stopped negotiating this week despite strong proposals from the company that build on our industry-leading pay and benefits for our full-time and part-time employees. We have encouraged the Teamsters to return to the table to continue building on the significant progress we have made, including the recent completion of all local supplements.

Just over three weeks remain until the current contract expires Aug. 1. Refusing to negotiate, especially when the finish line is in sight, creates significant unease among employees and customers and threatens to disrupt the U.S. economy. We are proud of the proposals we have put forward that deliver wins for our people.

June 30, 2023: We are encouraged the Teamsters are ready to continue negotiations and discuss our most recent proposal. Productive discussions are critical at this stage of the process. We look forward to the union’s input so we can reach a timely agreement and provide certainty for our employees, our customers and the U.S. economy.

June 22, 2023: Strong progress toward a new National Master Agreement continued this week, with the Teamsters and UPS closing out subcommittee work and reaching agreement on all non-economic topics. The focus of the negotiating committee has shifted to economic proposals, which require serious and detailed discussion over the next few weeks.

UPS is prepared to be at the table every day until we reach an agreement that allows us to continue rewarding our people with the best pay and benefits package in the industry while providing the flexibility our business needs to deliver for our customers and consumers.

June 16, 2023: Talks on the National Master Agreement continued this week. UPS and the Teamsters reached a substantial agreement on heat safety—including vehicle enhancements to improve airflow, comfort and temperature. This agreement builds on important heat-safety actions the company announced in the spring. Subcommittees made strong progress this week, reaching agreement on topics such as safety and health, subcontracting,  and overtime rules. Additionally, the Teamsters announced the results of their recent strike authorization vote, and as expected, voting members overwhelmingly approved. The outcome of this vote does not mean a strike is imminent or impact UPS's current business operations in any way. Negotiations will resume next week, and UPS remains confident we will continue progress to reach an agreement before the end of July.

June 9, 2023: This week, we resumed discussions on the National Master Agreement and advanced important topics at the main table and in subcommittees, including modifications to improve the grievance process. A major focus of discussions was on heat mitigation solutions in UPS vehicles, which we expect to continue next week. We are aligned with the Teamsters on the importance of heat safety – we all want UPSers to stay safe when it’s hot.

On Monday, the Teamsters asked their UPS members to participate in a strike authorization vote—a routine part of the bargaining process—which voting members will overwhelmingly approve. The vote does not mean a strike will occur.

We will resume negotiations next week, and each week moving forward, until we reach a handshake agreement. We look forward to building on the progress that has been made to date, which provides wins for our employees, the union, and UPS and our customers.

May 26, 2023: We made good progress on key issues at the bargaining table this week. We reached agreement on several important issues for the Teamsters, our employees and UPS—including operating priorities, the use of technology and in-vehicle cameras—and advanced discussions on many other topics. Next week, teams will focus on the negotiation of the two remaining supplements. National Master Agreement discussions will resume June 5 as planned and will continue until we reach a handshake agreement.

May 12, 2023: UPS and the Teamsters continue to make meaningful progress on the National Master Agreement (NMA). This week, both parties exchanged proposals on non-economic items at the main table, and five subcommittees met to advance discussions on key topics: safety & health, feeder (tractor-trailer) operations, package operations, air operations and inside operations. We are pleased with the early progress we’ve made reaching tentative agreements on several articles. Teams will continue work on the final two open supplements next week, and talks on the National Master Agreement will resume the following week.

May 5, 2023: UPS and the Teamsters have made good progress over the past few weeks, reaching agreement on nearly all supplemental contracts. Teams will continue to negotiate on the remaining open supplements and the National Master Agreement (NMA) during the coming weeks. 

April 21, 2023: This week, UPS and the IBT met in Washington, D.C. Each gave opening presentations focused on their negotiations priorities and outlined key topics for discussion in the weeks ahead. Talks focused on the supplemental agreements will continue next week. We are committed to bargaining in good faith to reach agreements that are good for our employees, the Teamsters, UPS and customers.