Says Collective Bargaining Process Worked to Reach Agreement and Avert Strike that Would Have Hit Supply Chains, Businesses and Households Across Minnesota
SAINT PAUL, Minn. – Senate Majority Leader Kari Dziedzic (DFL-Minneapolis) said the tentative contract agreement between UPS and the Teamsters union announced today is great news for 325,000 workers in Minnesota and across the country, who will see higher wages and improved working conditions, and for the company, which will maintain a top-quality workforce. She said the agreement will not only avert a crippling strike, but it also shows that collective bargaining work.
“This agreement is great news for UPS workers in Minnesota and across the country, who will all see better wages and working conditions. And it’s also a win for the company, which will have a top quality workforce well into the future,” said Majority Leader Dziedzic. “Affordable health insurance and a secure retirement are basic quality of life issues every working Minnesotan deserves. This is a win-win for the Teamsters and for UPS, and it shows how collective bargaining is instrumental in helping all sides come to a resolution – even in a very difficult negotiation. The tentative agreement will boost our economy and will avert a strike that could have disrupted supply chains and hurt families and small businesses across Minnesota and the country.”
If ratified, the new contract includes higher pay and workplace protections for both full- and part-time UPS workers.
Senators Also Urging Negotiations in Blandin Paper Strike
Majority Leader Dziedzic and Senator Grant Hauschild (DFL-Hermantown)travelled to Grand Rapids late last week and talked to striking Teamsters at the Blandin Paper Company, where the lawmakers encouraged the Blandin to resume negotiations with the Teamsters on an agreement that will benefit workers, the company and the entire community.