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IBT GAINS HISTORIC UPS CONTRACT
 
Teamsters members employed at United Parcel Service (UPS) are voting on a tentative six-year contract that provides the largest wage and benefit increases in the companys history, according to IBT. In an economic climate in which many workers are losing their retirement savings and having their health benefits slashed, this contract protects our UPS members and their families and sets a new standard for American workers, IBT President James P. Hoffa said. The new agreement, reached July 16, includes annual wage and benefit increases for both full-time and part-time workers, narrowing the wage gap between the two groups. The union also won a key victory in the addition of 20,000 new full-time union jobs. Half of the new jobs will come from new hires and the rest from the conversion of jobs currently subcontracted. This contract shows what workers can do through collective bargaining, Hoffa said. This contract proves that workers can win and maintain good wages and benefits if they stand together. The tentative agreement covers 210,000 employees. The previous contract was set to expire July 31.

Teamsters, BLE
Reach Procedural
Agreement on Merger

Joint Committees Established to Address Issues, Concerns

July 25, 2002

(Washington, D.C.) Yesterday, the International Brotherhood of Teamsters approved procedures for completing a merger with the International Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers (BLE). The BLE had previously approved the merger procedures.

The Procedural Agreement calls for the creation of a Rail Conference in the Teamsters Union and establishes Joint Committees to determine the rules of the merger. The Joint Committees will address issues such Constitution and Bylaws, Legislative, Finances and Canada to achieve a final Merger Agreement. The work of the Joint Committees will be completed in six months. At that time, the Merger Agreement will go to each organization for approval according to each organizations Constitutional requirements.

We are pleased with our progress and are looking forward to welcoming our BLE brothers and sisters into the Teamsters Union, said Teamsters General President Jim Hoffa. By joining together, we will strengthen our ability to represent workers across the transportation spectrum.

In the interim, the Teamsters and BLE are working closely together on legislative, representation and other issues.



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