MOKENA, ILL. – The Teamsters Local 710 Bargaining Committee for the Local’s UPS contract sat down with the company for the first time to kick off negotiations earlier this week. The company and the Union both exchanged and reviewed initial proposals on Monday and Tuesday.
The company’s focus is on remaining strong against growing competition, and many of their proposals aim to cut costs and increase flexibility to respond to a changing market.
The Union presented all non-economic proposals that focused on many key issues including:
- Clarifying and solidifying language on existing rights and practices
- Improving worker protections, workplace conditions, and bidding procedures
- Strengthening 9.5 language
- Addressing and reducing subcontracting
- Restricting the company’s use of alternative delivery methods such as Personal Vehicle Deliveries (PVDs)
- Setting an exact end date for peak season
We were eager to get the ball rolling with our negotiations, but we are not looking to get ahead of the national negotiations, which are moving very slowly. Our committee is made up of impressively experienced UPSers who know this contract inside out and are up to the challenges these negotiations will present. We’re committed to standing firm at the table and working towards a strong and fair agreement.
President & Bargaining Chairman
Negotiations will resume tentatively on May 8, 2018.
Teamsters Local 710 represents more than 12,500 members across the Midwest, including more than 6,000 UPS members, and is an affiliate of Teamsters Joint Council 25, America’s premier labor union for Chicago, Illinois and northwest Indiana.
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