FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 9, 2019
Contact: Denise Romano, 202-719-3837
TWU and UPS Negotiations Reach Impasse Over Contract Proposal
After 46 months of bargaining, Transport Workers Union of America (TWU) believes contract negotiations between the Union’s Aircraft Dispatchers and United Parcel Service (UPS) have come to an impasse. The parties have been engaged in mediation since Aug. 26, 2016. Today the TWU sent a request to the National Mediation Board (NMB) for the parties to be released from mediation.
TWU and UPS could not reach an agreement because UPS has not offered enough in wages and their pension proposal falls significantly short when compared to other unionized UPS airside workgroups.
TWU Dispatchers perform many duties that improve shareholder value, including helping create fuel savings, improving on-time performance and providing flight crew safety. They deserve a pension in-line with other UPS airside workgroups.
“It seems like UPS is committed to lowballing and undercutting the value that TWU Aircraft Dispatchers bring to improving the company’s bottom line,” said TWU International Vice President and Air Division Systems Coordinator Gary Peterson. “TWU members simply will not continue to sacrifice the fruits of their labor, while management and shareholders alone, reap the rewards of their efforts.
“The TWU will not rest until our Air Dispatchers have a contract that fairly compensates them for all of their hard work,” Peterson concluded.
The Transport Workers Union of America, AFL-CIO represents nearly 140,000 members across the airline; railroad; transit, universities, utilities, and services; and gaming sectors.