The UPS Teamsters Master Agreement: Understanding What It Means for Workers

The UPS Teamsters Master Agreement is a collective bargaining agreement between UPS and the International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT), which represents over 250,000 UPS employees. This agreement is often referred to as the “National Master” because it sets the standards for wages, benefits, and working conditions for all UPS Teamsters across the United States.

The most recent agreement was ratified in 2018 and will be in effect until July 31, 2023. This agreement covers a range of topics, including wages, benefits, work schedules, and job security.

One of the key components of the UPS Teamsters Master Agreement is wage increases. The agreement provides for wage increases each year of the contract, with full-time workers receiving a total of $4.15 per hour in wage increases over the life of the contract. Part-time workers will receive a total of $2.90 per hour in wage increases.

In addition to wage increases, the agreement also provides for improvements in benefits for UPS Teamsters. One notable change is the creation of a new lower-cost health plan option for workers and their families. This plan offers lower out-of-pocket costs but has a higher deductible.

The UPS Teamsters Master Agreement also includes provisions related to work schedules and job security. One important provision is the establishment of a new classification for combination drivers. These drivers are responsible for both package delivery and driving tractor-trailers, and the new classification provides them with improved job protections and benefits.

The agreement also includes language related to the use of technology in the workplace. UPS has been investing heavily in technology, including the use of drones and automation, and the agreement seeks to ensure that workers are protected as these technologies are introduced.

Overall, the UPS Teamsters Master Agreement is an important document for UPS workers and their families. It sets the standards for wages, benefits, and working conditions for over 250,000 employees, and provides important protections and improvements in a variety of areas. By understanding the provisions of this agreement, UPS Teamsters can be better prepared to advocate for their rights and benefits in the workplace.