Common UPS Contract Questions for New Members

Here you’ll find answers to some common questions we get about the contract and the corresponding Article in the contract.

Are supervisors allowed to do my work?

Articles 3.7 & 46.2

No. Do not allow supervisors to do your work or the work that belongs to other Teamsters. Don't allow the company to send you home so they can finish your work. Not only are you losing wages but you are also losing pension credit. Don't let this happen to you. File a grievance when you see this happen. The Local Union will work with you to get you paid or a fellow member who may have lost the work. We need to make the company pay when they violate the contract by having supervisors do our work.

What days are considered Holidays?

Article 55

You will be eligible for the following holidays twelve (12) months after attaining seniority if you work the regular scheduled work day which had directly preceded and followed the holiday except in cases of proven illness, personal injury or unless the absence is agreed to.

New Years Day

Labor Day

Memorial day

Thanksgiving Day

Fourth of July

Day after Thanksgiving

Christmas Day

December 31st 
(New Years Eve)

What do I do if I don’t get paid? or if my pay is short?

Article 17

Tell your steward or Business Agent immediately. UPS pays Teamster members on a weekly basis. If you are missing a paycheck or if your pay is short you may be entitled to penalty pay depending on the amount of pay missing and how long it has taken to rectify the issue.

When am I eligible to collect my Pension?

You need seven hundred fifty (750) hours per calendar year for five (5) years to meet the vesting requirement needed to collect a pension later in life. Once you think you are vested we recommend that you request your service and vesting credit. You can call the Local 623 offices when it's time so we can assist you.

What is my wage rate and schedule?

Article 22 & 54

Full-Time Employees*


Aug. 1, 2019


Aug. 1, 2020


Aug. 1, 2021

Aug. 1, 2022

Tractor Trailer Driver





Package Car Driver





Sorters & Pre-Loaders





Center Clerks





* The rates posted above do not reflect COLA wage increases that occurred or may occur in the future.

Part-Time Employees

All part-time employees who are hired or reach seniority after August 1, 2018 will be paid according to the following wage schedules:

August 1, 2018 $13.00 

August 1, 2019 $14.00 

August 1, 2020 $14.50 

August 1, 2021 $15.00 

August 1, 2022 $15.50

What is my Daily Guarantee?

Articles 22, 40, 68 & 73

Your “daily guarantee” is the minimum amount of hours you are guaranteed to work if you are scheduled and show up on time. This is important. If you show up to work on time and a supervisor dismisses you you should be prepared to ask to get paid your daily guarantee or work the three hours owed to you.

If you work the midnight or day shift your daily guarantee is three (3) hours. If you work the preload or the twilight shift your daily guarantee is three and a half (3 ½) hours.

When am I eligible for personal days? (Personal Holidays, Option Days)

Article 55

In addition to the designated holidays, eligible employees are entitled to up to seven (7) personal days. Employees must give a maximum of four (4) weeks and at least two (2) week’s notice to take personal days. See Article 55 for more details.

When am I eligible for disability?

After twelve (12) months of active employment, you may be eligible for disability the first workday of an absence caused by an injury and the fourth workday of an absence caused by illness. You must file a claim within 30 days of the initial date of disability in order to receive a benefit.

Call 1-800-UPS-1508 or go to

We recommend that you call the Union when going out on disability for assistance and to obtain a withdrawal card if needed.

What is the Legal Service Plan? 

Article 71

Teamsters 623 offers members a legal services plan that members may use for their legal needs. Be sure to obtain a Legal Service Plan book today. Save it for reference as needed. When you need legal service call the Union to receive an authorization number so that you may use the service.

What happens if I get injured on the job?

Article 14 

Please read Article 14 contract language carefully. If you’re not careful the company may claim you didn't get hurt at work. They may try to push you toward disability instead of workers compensation to limit their liability. Disability does not cover on the job injuries. Ask your Teamster steward or Business Agent what to do if you get hurt.

Do part-time employees get Medical Coverage?

Article 34.2

Yes. Individual health coverage is available to part-time employees hired after August 1, 2018 after nine (9) months of active employment. Spousal or dependent coverage is available after nine (9) months.

When am I eligible for sick days?

Article 63

Workers are entitled to sick days as follows:

9 Months from seniority date   = 1st Sick Day

12 Months from seniority date  = 2nd Sick Day

18 Months from seniority date  = 3rd Sick Day

24 Months from seniority date =  All three (3) sick days.

When am I eligible for a vacation?

Article 56

After one (1) year you receive a one (1) week vacation.
After two (2) years you receive two (2) weeks' vacation.
After ten (10) years your receive three (3) weeks' vacation.
After fifteen (15) years you receive four (4) weeks' vacation.
After twenty (20) years you receive five (5) weeks' vacation.
After twenty five (25) years you receive six (6) weeks' vacation.