What’s new: Central Plains District President Darren Jones represented UPS as a panelist at the Business Case for Good Jobs roundtable Friday, May 13 in Washington, D.C.
Why it matters: Leading employers shared best practices to recruit and retain a strong workforce through job quality. In addition to UPS, retailer Eileen Fisher, employee-owned energy company Sustainergy and BA Auto Care joined U.S. Sec. of Labor Marty Walsh on stage.
Highlights of the event: Darren pointed toward UPS’s compensation as a major differentiator.
“We are able to create different pathways and different careers – a pathway to middle class,” he said. “If you come to work at UPS, you have an opportunity for a $100,000 a year job in a reasonable amount of time.”
Darren shared delivery drivers make $93,000 a year in wages with an additional $50,000 toward health, welfare and pension totaling about $143,000. Similarly, tractor-trailer drivers earn $110,000 in wages for a total of nearly $160,000.
He also spoke about:
- Part-time pay of $18 an hour with benefits – and full-time advancement opportunities
- UPS’s involvement in the community – sharing details of a financial literacy program he helped lead
- The apprenticeship program UPS is building to help people get their CDLs faster
Closing: “It’s about collaboration and sharing best practices,” Sec. Walsh said. “Good employers have to provide good jobs – it’s about working collectively together.”
The panel: The Business Case for Good Jobs roundtable was part of the Department of Labor’s Good Jobs Initiative. It was moderated by Carolyn Pincus, VP of Strategy and Development for the American Sustainable Business Network.
Watch it: The one-hour event is now available to watch.