The International Brotherhood of Teamsters’ union members at UPS Freight are set to vote next month on the less-than-truckload unit’s amended five-year contract proposal.
Instead of a traditional ballot vote, Teamsters will vote at a union hall or locations near UPS Freight terminals on Jan. 11-12, according to a notice sent out Thursday by the union. Teamsters at UPS Freight in June rejected the contract proposal that was already approved by company and union leadership.
“We are very close to a tentative agreement and expect to have one by the end of the first week of January,” said Ken Hall, co-chair of the UPS Freight National Negotiating Committee.
Hall, who said Teamsters had met with UPS Freight a couple weeks ago to resolve outstanding issues, told union members that he would soon provide them with a “detailed explanation of the tentative agreement.” The vote comes five days after the union is set to reveal its slate of officers at a Jan. 6 meeting in Washington D.C., according to Teamsters for a Democratic Union, a group of union dissidents opposed to granting the trucking company concessions.
“Why the rush now, when it took six months for (Teamser President James P.) Hoffa and Hall to do anything following the June rejection of the first offer?” the group asked on its Web site. “We call on them to reverse course and allow all members to vote in a fair mail ballot, with independent observers at the count.”
The vote comes as YRC Worldwide’s Teamsters vote on whether extend wage concessions until March 2019, helping the trucking giant to refinance its debt and avoid bankruptcy. The Teamsters in October sealed a five-year agreement with ABF Freight System, following months of bargain-table wrangling and two rounds of voting.