News Brief: UPS announces agreement with Teamsters, to buy 950 Workhorse trucks

By James Henderson
UPS has announced a tentative agreement for a new Master UPS Freight Agreement with the International Brotherhood of Teamsters. The five-year agreemen...

UPS has announced a tentative agreement for a new Master UPS Freight Agreement with the International Brotherhood of Teamsters.

The five-year agreement, which is subject to ratification, covers about 11,000 Teamsters-represented UPS Freight employees.

In a press statement, UPS said goal for the freight and small package agreements has been to reward the company’s employees for their contributions to its success while enabling the business to remain flexible to meet its customers’ needs.

Meeting these goals for both the freight and small package agreements, UPS is poised for continued growth supported by greater flexibility to meet the needs of its customers, it added.

With agreements now reached for both the freight and small package national master contracts, discussions continue for small package supplements and local agreements.


UPS commented: “Strong progress has been made on many local small package agreements and supplements, including a handshake agreement covering more than 100,000 Teamster-represented UPS employees located in the Central Conference, the Southern Conference, and Oregon / Idaho, among others. Other local agreements and supplements continue to be negotiated.”

The new agreements will go into effect August 1, 2018, once they are ratified by employees.

In separate news, UPS is set to buy 950 electric delivery trucks from Workhorse Group, according to a report by

It said that it follows an earlier UPS order for 50 of the trucks that was part of a test programme.

“This is a significant deal because it will be the largest order of electric vehicles in that class in the United States,” Duane Hughes, president of Workhorse, told

The electric vehicles weigh 5,500 pounds, are equipped with 1,000-cubic foot cargo bays and can carry about 5,000 pounds of payload, said the report.


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