Parcel delivery giant UPS and the International Brotherhood of Teamsters union have reached an interim labour agreement for a five-year contract covering UPS employees represented by Teamsters in small packages and removing a possible strike. The agreement, which is subject to ratification, came after months of collective bargaining. UPS Freight stopped pickups last year pending a workers` strike. The company and the union reached an agreement to avoid a strike, which nevertheless led to disruption. One of the controversial topics at the negotiating table was the implementation of technology in the operation of the UPS. The new contract requires UPS to hire teamsters six months before the announcement of business plans to integrate new technologies such as drones, driverless vehicles or road trains. However, the agreement does not give the union a veto. Teamsters represent nearly 125,000 workers across Canada. The International Brotherhood of Teamsters, which is affiliated with Teamsters Canada, has 1.4 million members in North America. Visit teamsters.ca for more information. Follow us on Twitter @TeamstersCanada and “we love” on Facebook at facebook.com/TeamstersCanada. “This agreement provides our employees and customers with lasting stability for the next five years,” said Dominic Porporino, President of UPS Canada. “At a time when so many Canadians need supply chains for important goods, ratification demonstrates our employees` commitment to continue to serve our customers and rewards them by improving their compensation and benefits.” “I would like to thank all the members who participated in this important process.

I would like to thank and congratulate everyone on the negotiating committee for the long hours they spent in these negotiations, which took place under unusual and difficult circumstances,” added Mr. Laporte. UPS Store employees are not unionized and are not covered by this agreement. The new contract will improve wage growth for all categories of workers, meaning that some members will receive immediate increases of up to $2 to $3 per hour. Workers who already receive the maximum rate will receive an increase of $4.10 over the five-year contract.