Machinists Ready to Negotiate National Pact with UPS

IAM negotiators are finalizing a package of contract proposals that will be presented to UPS representatives on May 20 in Fort Lauderdale, FL, where both sides will meet to hammer out a new agreement that will cover nearly 4,000 IAM-represented mechanics at more than 100 UPS and UPS Freight locations nationwide.

IAM members at UPS and UPS Freight will be well-represented at the contract talks, with more than 30 local representatives at the bargaining table. Preparations for the negotiations have been underway from months, with support from departments at IAM Headquarters, including Automotive, Strategic Resources, Coordinated Bargaining, Legal and Communications.

“This is an important national agreement, covering IAM members in nearly every state in the continental U.S.,” said IAM Automotive Director Boysen Anderson, who will lead the negotiations. “Local representatives have the ability to raise and resolve issues that are specific to their members, but we also address major issues like health care and pensions that are equally important to all members.”

The two IAM-UPS national agreements, one covering UPS locations and the other covering UPS Freight facilities, are both set to expire on July 31, 2014. The IAM represents more than 40,000 members in the automotive and trucking industries.