6,000 UPS Teamsters Ratify Strong 5-Year Contract
March 3, 2015
By Stuart W. Davidson
In February 2015, more than 6,000 UPS workers represented by Teamsters Local 710 overwhelmingly approved a new five-year contract that provides improved wages and benefits for UPS employees in Illinois, Iowa and Indiana.
The new agreement was reached in early December following a marathon bargaining session between UPS management and the Local 710 negotiating committee, chaired by Joint Council 25 President John T. Coli and represented by Stuart W. Davidson, Esq. of Willig Williams & Davidson. The contract was approved by Local 710’s membership via mail election conducted over a 10-week period after the December bargaining session.
Under the new agreement, Teamsters Local 710 members who work for UPS in Illinois, Iowa and Indiana will receive wage increases retroactive to 2013, as well as the following improvements in pay and benefits:
Annual wage increases for full-time and part-time workers, retroactive to July 31, 2013;
Improved vacation pay for more than 6,000 Local 710 members;
Increased flexibility for the use of holiday and vacation days;
Increased credit in the progression for part-time workers moving to full-time positions;
Added protection against subcontracting bargaining unit work;
550 new full-time job opportunities for part time UPS workers.
The new Teamsters settlement improves on a previous offer that was rejected by UPS members in April 2014.
Based in Mokena, Illinois, Local 710 represents 14,000 hardworking men and women in Illinois, Iowa and Indiana and is an affiliate of Joint Council 25. Willig, Williams & Davidson, and its Of-Counsel partners at Illinois Advocates, are legal counsel to both Local 710 and Joint Council 25. WWD maintains offices in Chicago, Illinois.