Local labor quiet after UPS and teamsters group ratify unpopular deal

UPS’s slogan used to be “we run the tightest ship in the business.” Now that the parcel carrier has inked a controversial pact with the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, anyone involved locally has the tightest lips in Sacramento.

The Brotherhood, which represents more than 200,000 UPS employees nationally, ratified the contract on October 6, despite the majority of members voting against it. The agreement was ratified because just 44 percent of members voted in the election, according to Bloomberg.

It’s unclear how the more than 1,400 UPS employees in the Sacramento region will be affected by the deal. But nationally, the agreement had a toxic taint for some because it created a low-tier position—a combination driver “to meet the demands of increased e-commerce and weekend deliveries,” according to a UPS website.

Fabrizio Sasso, executive director for the Sacramento Central Labor Council, referred questions to the Teamsters Local 150. A representative for this group declined to speak for attribution.

A UPS spokesman said via email that the new contract provides increased wages and benefits, as well as the creation of 5,000 full-time jobs. The spokesman clarified the number of UPS employees in the Sacramento region but wouldn’t answer any other question from SN&R, saying, “We don’t disclose much local information.”