By Chris Dupin / www.americanshipper.com / November 5th, 2018
UPS said it is halting the pickup of less-than-truckload freight in advance of a vote by Teamster members on a new contract.
UPS posted a notice to customers on its website last week saying, “To help you plan to maintain business continuity while we do not have a contract extension, please note that UPS Freight can only guarantee delivery of ground freight (LTL) shipments through [Thursday], after which we recommend you seek alternate arrangements.”
UPS said it concluded bargaining with the Teamsters on Oct. 25 and that union members are scheduled to vote on it between Wednesday and Sunday.
UPS said it believes the offer should be ratified and that it “rewards our employees with wages and benefits at the top of the industry,” but added without a contract extension, the last days for ground freight pickup were:
• Monday for three-day shipping commitments;
• Tuesday for two-day shipping commitments;
• And Wednesday for one-day shipping commitments.
UPS added that a small package national master agreement with the Teamsters has been ratified and that shippers “can remain confident UPS is ready to continue to serve our small package customers throughout the holiday season and beyond.”
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