Why Did UPS Teamsters Vote Yes on the Deal?

Source: In These Times
by Teddy Ostrow

“On one Sunday morning in early August, rank-and-file UPS workers with the Teamsters began trickling into their union hall in East Providence, R.I. The workers greeted each other and picked at a spread of donuts and coffee before taking their seats. Nearby, a cardboard box of tubes and an unpackaged stack of posters sat unnoticed. The members of Teamsters Local 251, which represents more than 1,100 UPS workers in Rhode Island, had been using these materials to make protest signs for ‘practice pickets’ at their UPS facility. After contract negotiations between the Teamsters and UPS broke down July 5 — and it increasingly looked like the union might strike — workers ramped up their organizing efforts across the country to send a strong message to the company: We will strike if we have to. The pressure appeared to pay off.” (09/08/23)