UPS Trains Workers in Preparation for Union Strike

The acting labor secretary is not engaging in the talks between the company and Teamsters.

Contract negotiations between United Parcel Service (UPS) and the Teamsters Union stalled earlier this month. With the union’s commitment to strike as of August 1 if an agreement is not made, the delivery company is training non-union employees to support “business continuity” to avoid operational disruptions.

When the labor discussions lapsed on July 5, Acting Secretary of Labor Julie Su said that she would not be engaging in negotiations at this point. She stated that she respects the process of bargaining and does not see the need to intervene. The White House said that the labor secretary has been in touch with both sides of the UPS contract talks.

Acting Secretary Su was engaged in the negotiations between the International Longshore and Warehouse Union and the Pacific Maritime Association which announced a tentative agreement last month. After a year of bargaining since the end of the previous contract, the new contract is set to last six years.

Other current union issues in the U.S. include the strike by Hollywood actors and writers, which a Labor Department spokesperson said Secretary Su is monitoring. The United Auto Workers union is preparing to bargain with General Motors, Ford, and Chrysler, as their contract will expire in September.

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For the president and his administration as they support unionized labor.
  • For Acting Secretary Su as she oversees the Labor Department.
  • For members of the Senate as they consider the president’s nomination of Su for Labor Secretary.

Sources: Reuters, Freight Waves, Axios, NY Times


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