Common UPS Contract Questions for New Members
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?
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.
When am I eligible for personal days? (Personal Holidays, Option Days)
In addition to the designated holidays, eligible employees are entitled to seven (7) personal days during each year of the contract. Employees must give a maximum of four (4) weeks and at least two (2) week’s notice of desire to take personal days. The company will respond within forty-eight (48) hours of your request. Please see the Local 623 Supplement for more information regarding eligibility.
What’s my Daily Guarantee?
Articles 22, 34, 40, 68 & 73
If you work the midnight or day shift your daily guarantee is three (3) hours. If you work your daily guarantee the entire calendar year and enjoy no unpaid time off you will have seven hundred eighty (780) hours worked.
If you work the preload or the twilight shift your daily guarantee is three and a half (3 ½) hours. If you work your daily guarantee the entire calendar year and enjoy no unpaid time off you will have nine hundred ten (910) hours worked.
When am I eligible to collect my Pension?
Knowing your daily guarantee is important because 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 believe you are vested to receive a pension we recommend that you write to the UPS Pension Plan and request your service and vesting credit. You can call the Local 623 offices when it's time so we can assist you.
When am I eligible for disability?
Article 58 & Summary Plan Description
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 www.UPSers.com or go directly to www.wkabsystem.com. Enter UPS as the Company Identifier and your employee ID as the User ID. When you first access this site, you'll need to click New User Registration and choose a password that you will enter each time you visit the site. 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?
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?
Please read Article 14 contract language carefully before you get hurt. 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. Talk to others you know who have gotten injured. We also recommend that you call the Union office when going out on workers compensation for assistance and to obtain a withdrawal card if needed.
Do part-time employees get Medical Coverage?
Individual health coverage is available to part-time employees hired after August 1, 2018 after nine (9) months of active employment. Spousal or dependant coverage is available after nine (9) months.
When am I eligible for sick days?
Employees are entitled to sick days as follows:
09 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 = Entitled to all three (3) sick days.
When am I eligible for a vacation?
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.
What is my wage rate and schedule?
Article 22 & 54
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