The Teamsters’ supplemental negotiating committees are holding firm against UPS’s concessionary proposals. In bargaining meetings with the company last week, 11 supplements continued to hold the line on issues ranging from 22.4s to market rate adjustments (MRA), and PVDs. With UPS negotiators initially dragging their feet and failing to take bargaining seriously, supplemental negotiating committees saw more movement on the company’s side as committee chairs reminded UPS of the looming April 17 deadline.
General President Sean M. O’Brien and General Secretary-Treasurer Fred Zuckerman are making it clear to UPS that the company needs to make significantly more movement before national negotiations begin.
Teamsters are aggressively pushing proposals to win more days off (including sick days, MLK Day, and Juneteenth), rein in supervisors working, address payroll issues, and reject PVDs. Negotiating committees are also fighting to strengthen seniority rights and bumping language, end forced 6th and 7th punch, put more teeth in the grievance procedure to stop unfair discipline, and strengthen language around guaranteed hours, bidding, discharge, and suspensions.
Here are the latest area updates on supplemental negotiations as of March 27:
Cartage Services, Inc.
The CSI Negotiating Committee met with the company on March 21-22. Tentative agreements were reached on 10 proposals on CSI articles and sections within the Master Southern Region Agreement. The next bargaining dates are set for March 27-28.
Central Pennsylvania Supplement
The Central Pennsylvania Supplement Negotiating Committee met with UPS on March 21-24. Tentative agreements have been reached on 14 proposals, including a Teamster proposal that creates more opportunities for full-time job creation and another that updates bidding procedures and allows full-time cover drivers and temporary cover drivers to bid weekly on available work. A total of 98 union proposals and 43 company proposals have been exchanged. The company also withdrew several of its regressive proposals. The next bargaining dates are set for April 25-28.