The full proposed contract between Atlanta-based UPS and the Teamsters came out Tuesday. UPS is the nation’s largest employer of Teamsters, and the handshake agreement was announced last month.
The new, five-year contract addresses some pressing issues for the package delivery industry. For example, the union asked for more notice of new technology, like drone-delivery, platooning or driverless trucks.
Given the rising demand for weekend deliveries and complaints of forced overtime, the new contract would protect weekends for package drivers but add a new classification of full-time drivers who would work weekends. Those “full-time combination drivers” would work Tuesday-Saturday or Wednesday-Sunday shifts, and not make up more than 25 percent of the number of regular-full-time drivers at a location.
It also clarifies that no package drivers can use personal vehicles for deliveries, something the company had proposed last year. Starting hourly pay will rise from $10 to $13. In addition, the contract includes bigger pension benefits and a $4.15 per hour wage hike for full-time employees over five years.
The agreement still has to be approved by a majority of Teamsters after some local supplements are worked out. The current contract expires at the end of the month.