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UPS Freight avoids 11,000 driver strike, reaches labor agreement


UPS Freight announced that they’ll be back to business as usual after averting a potential strike involving more than 11,000 workers.

On Sunday night, UPS Freight announced that they came to a five year agreement with union members representing 11,600 workers, according to a report from Business Insider.

In preparation for a possible strike, UPS Freight had stopped accepting customer shipments to avoid having them stuck in supply chain limbo, but now the company says that they have reused operations as usual.

Teamsters say that of the 84% of workers who voted to accept the contract, 77% voted yes.

Union members admitted that the workers did not receive all of the benefits that they were seeking, but the the new contract does curtail subcontracting while improving vacation and pension benefits.

Many UPS Freight employees are still unhappy with the contract. “The contract pretty much caters to the new employees,” Florida-based worker Tanya Finley said.

The last time that UPS experienced a work stoppage was in 1997.

UPS says that it is pleased that the strike was averted and an agreement reached: “We are pleased that the UPS Freight agreement has been ratified. It is an agreement that rewards our employees for their contributions to the success of the company, while enabling UPS to remain competitive.”


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