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UPS and UPS Freight Teamsters have approved giving their respective negotiating committees the right to call a strike,...Posted by UPS Rising on Tuesday, June 5, 2018
The Teamsters and UPS could be heading toward the nation's largest strike in decades.
On Tuesday, the union announced that members voted more than 90% in favor of going on strike, if a deal is not reached before the current labor contract expires on August 1.
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UPS employs 260,000 Teamsters, and has added 40,000 union members since its current contract was reached five years ago. The shipments UPS transports equal an estimated 6% of the nation's GDP, which means a labor dispute could disrupt the US economy.
At issue is how the shipping giant will expand to offer deliveries seven days a week.
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UPS (UPS) began offering regular Saturday delivery service just a year ago. It hasn't officially announced plans for Sunday service, but the union says the company has made several proposals to expand weekend deliveries.
One proposal on the negotiating table is to create a two-tier wage system that would take part-time workers who earn $15 an hour and make them full-time at the same wage. Existing full-time drivers now earn an average of $36 an hour, or roughly $75,000 a year.
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The Teamsters are divided on this proposal, which makes it harder to reach a deal and avoid a strike.
An opposition group within the union, UPS Teamsters United, argues that the delivery company, which...
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