On Friday, August 13th, Teamsters Local 89 filed three Class Action grievances against UPS for their failure to implement the contractual raises and COLA raises that were scheduled for August 1st.
At the heart of the problem is the fact that the Company recently chose to increase the starting wages at Worldport, and then subsequently failed to give out the contractual August 1st raises, as well as the Cost of Living (COLA) raises at the beginning of August. This constitutes a violation of Articles 22.5 and 33 of the UPS National Master Agreement (NMA).
The three Class Action grievances filed were separated as a grievance for the COLA increase, a grievance for the August 1st contractual increase for all members who had attained seniority as of August 1 of 2018, and a grievance for members who attained seniority after August 1 of 2018 who were also scheduled to receive a wage increase at the beginning of the month. All grievances were filed to be made whole retroactive to August 1, 2021.
To be clear, it is the position of Teamsters Local 89 that the increase in starting pay implemented by UPS at Worldport does not exempt them from giving the contractual raises they themselves agreed to in the NMA. Those general wage increases, as well as the COLA increase, should have been added on top of the new starting wage created by the Company, and Teamsters Local 89 is determined to fight to see that the situation is rectified. We ask that all members at UPS Worldport please remain patient as we move forward in the grievance process.