June 28, 2018
Dear Sisters and Brothers:
The Joint Council 37 Union Negotiating Committee comprised of Local Union officers and rank and file Teamster members from Locals 58, 162, 206, 324, 483, 670 and 962, reached a tentative agreement with UPS on June 27th in Portland, Oregon. It was unanimously endorsed by all officers and members in attendance.
Teamster members working at UPS throughout Oregon, and in Boise, Idaho, are covered under the Joint Council 37 Package and Sort Riders. The tentative agreement on the Riders contains important contract provisions specific to local area working conditions such as vacations, seniority rights, holidays, sick leave, job bidding and other work rules and entitlements.
Improvements to the Joint Council 37 Riders include increased numbers of employees off for personal holidays, in-state transfer language, more part-time to full-time job opportunities, an expanded feeder promotion process, job bidding, Teamster represented mechanic work rules, and other positive changes.
The number one priority for full-time members working at UPS in Joint Council 37 is the issue of reducing costs for retiree’s health and welfare benefits. Strong language in the Package Rider was achieved on this issue. Once the contract is ratified, this agreement will establish a UPS Retirees Subsidy Fund at the Oregon Teamster Employers Trust, which is intended to lower retiree’s health and welfare costs.
This handshake settlement with Joint Council 37 comes on the heels of the National Teamsters settlement in principle, which was reached on June 21st. Western Region negotiations with UPS are scheduled to resume on July 9 and 10.
We are again requesting that our members exercise patience and wait until all contracts have been presented for your review before reaching conclusions. It is not in the best interests of our members and your families for some misguided individuals to go on social media and tout a vote no on the contracts campaign, based on misrepresentations and without all of the information to make an informed decision.
Updates will continue as these negotiations move forward.
President, Teamsters Local 162
Chairman, Joint Council 37 Negotiating Committee