Tag: International Brotherhood of Teamsters

UPS Freight employees ratify five-year contract

UPS Freight employees represented by the International Brotherhood of Teamsters have ratified a new five-year contract negotiated last month.

The contract, with coverage extending to July 31, 2013, covers approximately 9,900 full- and part-time dockworkers and drivers at 136 locations around the United States.

“This contract ensures that UPS Freight can continue moving toward its goal of providing the very best service and value in the trucking industry,” said Jack Holmes, president of UPS Freight. “It’s good for our people, good for our customers and good for the company.”

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Teamsters target DHL

As it battles for a larger share of express shipping in the United States, DHL is getting the attention of more than just shippers and competitors. The express giant is facing an aggressive effort by the International Brotherhood of Teamsters union to organize the company’s independent delivery workforce. Started in force late last summer, the union campaign has recruited about 1,500 employees at DHL’s independent cartage contractors to the union ranks, said Rebecca Hanscom, national campaign coordinator for the DHL system at the Teamsters. That is just a fraction of the 10,000 independent delivery agents at DHL, but the union is mounting a national and grassroots campaign to recruit the balance. The objective is to recruit members at the local level, forge regional agreements and eventually press for a master contract covering all DHL employees.

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