Following close to four years of UPS refusing to bargain fairly on a new contract with its aircraft mechanics and related classifications, the workforce of approximately 1,300 employees who maintain the company´s air fleet filed a new request with the National Mediation Board (NMB) today asking to be released from mediated contract negotiations with the company, the company said.
The workers — represented by Teamsters Local 2727 — first requested to be released from mediated negotiations earlier this year. Since then, UPS has refused to bargain fairly or offer reasonable proposals to come to a fair agreement, causing growing unrest and instability within the maintenance workforce as the busy holiday shipping season nears.
After years of contract delays, the aircraft mechanics and related classifications have grown frustrated with UPS. This summer, dozens of UPS aircraft maintenance workers protested outside one of the company´s largest air hubs in Ontario, Calif., calling for UPS to get serious about negotiations and settle a fair contract that protects their basic health benefits. In May, more than 900 of the mechanics sent an open letter to UPS CEO David Abney and the board of directors.
The letter cited concerns about UPS´ attempt to strip them of their health benefits and stated that they will do whatever it takes to secure a fair contract. UPS mechanics also protested at UPS´ annual shareholder meeting in Wilmington, Del., handing attendees an expanded version of the letter to the CEO and board of directors. In late 2016, they voted overwhelmingly to authorize a strike should it become necessary.
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