The UPS Contract By the Numbers

It's our contract. Get the facts on the proposed new five-year deal with UPS.


Wage increases are as follows: $.70/hour on August 1, 2013; $.70/hour on August 1, 2014; $.70/hour on August 1, 2015; $.40/hour on August 1, 2016 and $.40/hour on Feb. 1, 2017; $.50/hour on August 1, 2017 and $.50/hour on Feb. 1, 2018.

The progression has been increased from three-years to four-years so new 22.3s and drivers will have to wait longer to reach full union scale. The details are in Article 41.

The wage increases total $3.90. The wage increases in the 2008 contract totaled $4.00, which taking into account five years of inflation would now be $4.40.

Part-Time Wages

The International Union announced that part-time wages are going up by $1.50. But the real increase is only 50 cents.

That's because the $1 raise that you get after 90 days in the present contract has been eliminated. In the proposed contract, part-timers don’t get their first increase until the one-year mark.

The contract does not include any catch-up raises for part-timers, just the regular annual wage increases.

The chart below shows the difference.

    2008 Contract 

2013 Contract

Start Preloader/Sorter $9.50 $11
  All Others $8.50 $10
Start +90 Days Preloader/Sorter $10.50 $11
  All Others $9.50 $10
Start Plus One (1) Year Preloader/Sorter $11 $11.50
  All Others $10 $10.50

Health Benefits

All members presently in the company-based health plan are being moved out, into the Central States Health and Welfare Fund or other funds with inferior benefits.

Retiree Health Benefits

Members in company-based plans will face much larger payments for retiree health care. Instead of paying $50/month to cover a retiree and spouse, it will go to $100, then $200 and $300/month by the third year of the contract ($150 for a retiree alone).

In the West, where Teamsters have "maintenance of benefits" language to protect against health care cuts, any maintenance of benefits funding will come from reduced pension funding.

IBT-UPS Plan Pensions
Covers nearly 50,000 Teamsters in the Central and Southern Regions and the Carolinas

The 30-and-out benefit will go from $3,000 to $3,200 in 2014 and to $3400 in 2017. The 25-and-out and 25-at-57 benefits are frozen at $2,000 and $2,500/month. The annual accrual, presently $170, remains frozen for five years and will go up by $5 in 2018.

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The pension increase is not an increase if you consider that retiree health benefits are rising from $50 a month to $300.  The way I see it, the pension increase is offset by the higher health care benefits, so  we actually are losing $50 per month.  You do the math.  Am I missing something here or are the Teamsters and UPS selling us out again?  Also the hourly wage increases don't even keep up with inflation.  We appear to be earning more per hour, but the reality is that the CPI (consumer price index) is higher than the the wage increase thus allowing you to purchase less even though you earn more.  Wake up already and stop letting the Teamsters negotiate another poor contract.  VOTE NO on this contract.  

Where to you come up with the $50 amount?  My insurance cost me $4800 a year. 

What will happen to those who've been at ups for 2 years that makes less than 11 dollars an hour? You cannot start new hires off at 11 dollars making more than people with more experience and more seniority ..

I am a UPS Teamster in Local 30. I have been with UPS for over 25 years (part-time by choice). I am truly appalled that the P/T wage progression was not even addressed. It is ridiculous that someone should be employed at any company for over 25 years (even 10 years) and not be @ the Top Rate. I will never vote, YES, on a contract that doesn’t provide language for this or at least some sort of catch up raise for part-timers.

I can't agree with you more. The progression stated in the current version of the proposed new contract does not take into account any increase for those that are current UPSers with more than a year under their belt... APALLING!!!!I have been with UPS - PT by choice as well for 11 years. I will be voting no on this contract on that basis alone. Try again folks!

We only got 50 cents an hour per year split up into two Payments year It took us out of our old retirement and are putting us in an inferior retirement. They're going to hire a long haul drivers at $13 an hour , and on top of all of that they gave us one extra discretionary day but took away a floating holiday. This is definitely a sellout by ken hall and the i bt embarrassing moment

Most UPS employees retire with an accrual pension.  There are no increases in your accrual pension, it remains frozen at the current level of $170/wk for the first four years of the contract with a whopping $5 dollar increase in year 2018.  UPS is supposed to put 50 cents per hour toward your pension.  Common sense would say that the weekly contribution of an accrual pension would go up accordingly: 2014-$190, 2015-$210, 2016-$230, 2017-TBA, 2018-TBA. When the UPS pension becomes fully funded (100%) they have fulfilled their obligation to set aside money for the UPS pension and will now will get to keep the 50 cents per hour you were led to believe you would receive.  Hows that for a "substantial increase" in your pension.  You are going to pay them $20 a week in the first year of the contract, $40 in the second, $60 in the third and "to be announced" for the fourth year of the contract.  All for the honor of UPS making sure your payout is frozen, but the pension is fully funded.  Don't be fooled!  

Seniority must be addressed ! In Roanoke Va. total company seniority does not prevail. They have allowed a two tier system to come into existence where full time has more seniority than part time in all situations. 25 years means nothing if you have 5 years and thirty days in as a 22.3 ( or whatever other example you wish to provide) . This circumstance causes friction and disunity with management and between hourly. Language Langage Language with enforcement of the contract. 

When will Hoffa stop bandwagoning for the democrats and lobbist inWashington and get concerned about negotiating a contract that builds the teamster base. I work in a right-to-work state that has a fair share of scab labor working full time.We have the distinct disadvantage of having to convince people the advantages of joining the union freely, rather than just dealing with the grumbling from members in closed shop states, that may complain about the leadership, but ultimately will, either fight against company tactics or quit working the job altogether. My question is how do we convince part timer to sign up in the union, when the contract is so lopsided toward the full timers. When they ask, "Why join the union?", How do I answer them when they know and I know that the contract did very little for part timers coming up...?

hope the folks in the union plans look at what we in company plans have been getting and decide that they should be getting what we have been and not all of us accepting what they have been getting. Ken Hall's big rally call in Feb. was NO Concessions, doesn't seem to be now. VOTE NO


When the union's inspiration through the workers' blood shall run,
There can be no power greater anywhere beneath the sun;
Yet what force on earth is weaker than the feeble strength of one,
But the union makes us strong.
Solidarity forever,
Solidarity forever,
Solidarity forever,
For the union makes us strong.
Is there aught we hold in common with the greedy parasite,
Who would lash us into serfdom and would crush us with his might?
Is there anything left to us but to organize and fight?
For the union makes us strong.
It is we who plowed the prairies; built the cities where they trade;
Dug the mines and built the workshops, endless miles of railroad laid;
Now we stand outcast and starving midst the wonders we have made;
But the union makes us strong.
All the world that's owned by idle drones is ours and ours alone.
We have laid the wide foundations; built it skyward stone by stone.
It is ours, not to slave in, but to master and to own.
While the union makes us strong.
They have taken untold millions that they never toiled to earn,
But without our brain and muscle not a single wheel can turn.
We can break their haughty power, gain our freedom when we learn
That the union makes us strong.
In our hands is placed a power greater than their hoarded gold,
Greater than the might of armies, magnified a thousand-fold.
We can bring to birth a new world from the ashes of the old
For the union makes us strong.


This TA is an embarrassment.  REALLY?  Does Ken Hall think we UPS'ers are not capable of doing simple math?  This is the best they could present to us from a company  making RECORD profits.  I'm very dissatisfied.

This is bullshit. The union better not be rattled by that healthcare threat to let UPS strong arm into this contract. I think a strike is in order.