Teamsters' members have rejected a new contract with United Parcel Service Inc., but the union's leadership said voter turnout was too low to reject the contract. Both sides said they would return to the negotiating table before the holiday season.
Preliminary poll results showed that 54.3% of the votes cast rejected the five-year contract, which represents 243,000 drivers, parcel sorters and other workers, the International Brotherhood of Teamsters revealed on Friday night. Another pact representing 11,000 UPS Freight Forwarders was also rejected, with 62.1% of the votes voting against this deal.
The teamsters stated that the union considers the larger treaty ratified despite the vote count. Under the union's rules, a nationwide contract of two-thirds of the ballots must be rejected if less than half of the members cast a vote. The union said that 44% of the members voted and the final number was 42,356 for and 50,248 against.
"Not enough members covered by the UPS UPS National Agreement have exercised their right to vote," the union said. "And as we saw in the US presidential elections of 201
Although they stated that the larger treaty was ratified, the union leaders said they would resume talks with the company. "We will go back to the company to discuss some additional changes with them," said Denis Taylor, co-chair of the Teamsters Negotiating Committee.
The talks continue on other smaller contracts, including UPS Freight workers, where enough members voted to reject the deal. A number of other regional and local agreements were also rejected.
A UPS spokesman said the company would "meet with the Teamsters leadership in the near future to discuss the next steps in terms of agreements." A contract extension for the previous transaction, which expired in July and the company expects no business interruption. "Business continues as usual at UPS."
"The Teamsters Negotiating Committee and UPS have made fair agreements that reward UPS employees for their contribution to the company's success, including improved wages, benefits, and job creation," said company spokesman Steve Gaut
The voices show a deep rift Teamsters leadership and UPS, who were trying to sell their base for the contracts, struck a blow in the Teamsters ranks.
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The preliminary agreement reached between the company and the union leaders in July saw a stubborn Teamster Group campaign against two – tier payroll system for drivers and starting wages that will soon be on offer
"Our members have spoken loud and clear," said Sean O'Brien, a Teamster leader in Boston, who declined the deal. "This contract is clearly concessionaire and the leadership should listen to the membership and go back and get what our members deserve."
The contract is one of the largest bargaining agreements in North America and is viewed as critical in mapping the cost structure of the delivery giant at a time when more packages than ever before are being delivered due to online purchases.
The creation of a two-tier system would have enabled the company to pay weekly wages at weekends with lower-paid employees, which slows down delivery costs. The Teamsters leaders said it would also allow parcel graders and other workers to rise to higher pay rates.
A group targeted against the current union leadership, Teamsters for a Democratic Union, argued that the weekend driver position has since caused a division of workforce people would do the same job as a higher-paid parcel truck driver at a lower rate.
The opposition confiscated news this week that Amazon's initial wages increased to $ 15 an hour, highlighting that the proposed UPS contract called for a starting hourly rate of $ 13 and would not reach $ 15 by 2021.
Before the vote count, a UPS spokesman said that the company believed its entire compensation package, including health insurance, pension plan, paid vacation and more, makes it competitive.
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