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UPS drivers will gain ‘millions of packages’ under SurePost deal, Teamsters say

June 8, 2023

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The tentative agreement amid national contract talks would lead to half of SurePost deliveries being made by company drivers, the union’s leader said.

UPS and the International Brotherhood of Teamsters have reached a tentative deal to use company drivers for half of SurePost packages, Teamsters General President Sean O’Brien said during a Wednesday webinar updating union members on negotiations.

If implemented, the recently reached deal would also reduce the size of packages eligible for delivery by the agency and increase the percentage of SurePost packages redirected to UPS drivers from 42% to 50%.

UPS frequently uses the U.S. Postal Service for its SurePost, which delivers non-urgent and lightweight residential shipments. Through the years, the Teamsters have pushed to reduce the company’s reliance on the Postal Service and put more SurePost packages on UPS vehicles.

“These two gains will put millions of packages back onto our package cars,” O’Brien said.

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