Welcome to the headquarters for all Local 174 updates related to the 2018 UPS contract — the National Master UPS Agreement, the Western Region Supplement, and the Joint Council 28 Rider. This page will contain information about upcoming negotiations dates, links to the Local 174 UPS Teamster Times flyers, and links to any pertinent news articles relating to UPS negotiations. Stop by regularly to make sure you’re up to date on how things are going for your contract!
Upcoming Negotiations Dates:
Local 174 UPS Teamster Times Past Issues:
UPS Rising (from IBT):
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Your Local 174 Members of the Joint Council 28 Bargaining Committee:
Local 174 Secretary-Treasurer (Principal Officer)
Teamsters Joint Council 28 President
Local 174 President
Local 174 UPS Division Director
Senior Business Agent
Tukwila Drivers and Preload, Pacific Drivers and Preload, Valley Drivers and Preload
Senior Business Agent
Feeder drivers, Seattle Twilight, Redmond Twilight and Night, Import, and UPS Freight
Redmond Drivers and Preload, Pacific Local Sort, COHO Twilight and Night, Valley Local Sort
Seattle Drivers and Preload, Shoreline Drivers and Preload, Boeing Field, Tukwila Local Sort
Jim Nettleton — Seattle — 38 years
Jim is a package car driver and has been an activist at UPS throughout his career.
“I wanted to be on the Bargaining Committee to be part of the process of shaping and maintaining the fate of present and future UPSers. It is an honor to be a part of this negotiating team. Trust your negotiating team’s experience to get the best contract possible.”
Scott Curley — Redmond —37 years
Scott is a package car driver and has been a Teamster Shop Steward since 1991.
“As shop stewards, we bring education to the shop floor. An educated Teamster is a strong Teamster. As a Bargaining Committee member, I bring the daily experiences from the shop floor to the Committee to help all members and bring their issues to light to help create a better workplace for all Teamsters.”
Mike Responte — Feeder — 36 years
Mike is a feeder driver and has been a Teamster shop steward for 25 years.
“After 36 years at UPS, I wanted to serve on the Bargaining Committee to be a part of this very important process. My goal is a fair contract that everyone can be happy with.”
Yem Negash — Seattle — 30 years
Yem is a full-time clerk 22.3 and has been a Teamster Shop Steward for over 25 years.
“I wanted to be in bargaining with UPS to use my experience to get our Teamster brothers and sisters the best contract we can all live with.”
Shawn Latham — Pacific —28 years
Shawn is a package car driver and has been a Teamster Shop Steward for 12 years.
“The problems in our building with overtime and Tuesday-Saturday drivers pushed me to get more involved. I am hoping we can come up with solutions to these issues.”
Shelly Johnston — Seattle —26 years
Shelly is a part-time clerk and has been a Teamster Shop Steward for over 20 years.
“I wanted to be on the Bargaining Committee to help represent the members. I’m hoping to accomplish a good strong contract for everyone.”
RJ Barnette — Valley — 26 years
RJ is a package car driver and has been a Teamster Shop Steward for 15 years.
“I wanted to be on the Bargaining Committee to voice the concerns of the members. I am hoping to inject some energy and understanding of how angry and disgusted our members are.”
Janita Stone — Pacific — 25 years
Janita is a full-time inside 22.3 in Preload Data Accuracy and Hazmat Responder. She has been a Teamster Shop Steward for 11 years.
“I wanted to be on the Bargaining Committee to see how bargaining was done and watch my Union officers in action. I want to be able to explain to my fellow members how and why the contract exists.”
Brian White — Valley — 17 years
Brian works part-time in the preload. He has been a Teamster Shop Steward for 3 years.
“I wanted to be on the Bargaining Committee so I could understand the contracts better. As a steward for part-time members, I hope to get the best contract possible for a group of members who might not understand their rights.”
Adam Colwell — Tukwila — 13 years
Adam works part-time in the preload. He has been a Teamster Shop Steward for 12 years.
“I wanted to represent my fellow coworkers and help get a strong contract. I also wanted to get a better understanding of how the contract is negotiated.”
James Gelling — Tukwila — 11 years
James is a package car driver and has been a Teamster Shop Steward for 3 years
“I wanted to be on the Committee to be part of, and to gain knowledge of, the bargaining process. My goal as part of this process is to take the members’ concerns and my experiences and apply them to a good and fair contract for a better future.”
David McElwain — Pacific — 4 years
David is a package car driver.
“As a member of this Committee, my goal is to help reduce bad management tactics.”
Local 174 Coverage:
January 25, 2018 The Teamsters National Negotiating Committee wrapped up the first week of negotiations today after both sides exchanged initial UPS and UPS Freight contract proposals. “This week was for both sides to present their initial non-economic proposals and for both parties to ask questions about their intent,” said Denis Taylor, Director of the […]
National Master UPS Agreement: Teamsters Present Initial UPS and UPS Freight Contract Proposals to Company
January 22, 2018 The Teamsters National Negotiating Committee presented the union’s initial UPS and UPS Freight contract proposals to the company today, marking the start of negotiations. These are the initial contract proposals and are subject to change during negotiations. View the UPS contract proposal here. View the UPS Freight contract proposal here. If you […]
UPS Management Lies About Extent of Forced Overtime; Claims “No Drivers” Working Over 66 Hours per Week
December 19, 2017 After UPS Management’s unilateral decision to increase drivers’ maximum hours from 60 to 70 hours per week, the Company has now escalated to outright lying to the press and the public about the extent it overworks its employees. This excess workload is a clear and present safety concern for the drivers and […]
Move Comes After UPS Unilaterally Implements 70-hour Workweek December 6, 2017 In the wake of Friday’s decision by UPS Management to change from a 60-hour/7-day workweek to a 70-hour/8-day workweek, Teamsters Local 174 package car drivers have ceased participation in all Safety Committees from UPS locations in Seattle, Shoreline, Tukwila, Pacific, Valley, and Redmond. “UPS’s […]
December 4, 2017 On Friday, December 1, 2017, UPS notified the Teamsters that they intend to implement a 70-hour/8-day workweek for the purposes of package drivers’ hours of service under DOT regulations. The following letter was delivered from International Brotherhood of Teamsters General President James P. Hoffa to UPS Chief Executive Officer David Abney on […]
November 20, 2017 Over the past two weeks, Local 174 staff members have been visiting UPS buildings to connect with Local 174 members working at that company. The group of Local 174 reps has included Local 174 President Ted Bunstine, UPS Senior Business Agents Matt Webby and Jeff Sullivan, UPS Business Agents Nate Madoulet and Ron Dong, […]
September 25, 2017 Today begins the next step in the process of getting a new contract for our members at UPS, as the National Negotiating Committee – including Local 174 Secretary-Treasurer Rick Hicks, President Ted Bunstine, and Senior Business Agent Matt Webby – convenes near Washington, DC to assemble all the proposals from UPS members throughout […]
September 6, 2017 Denis Taylor, principal officer of Local 355 in Baltimore, has been appointed Package Division Director and co-chair of the UPS National Negotiating Committee. Denis is a long time Teamster and also serves as an International Trustee on the General Executive Board and President of Joint Council 62. Having started as a Teamster in the […]
August 31, 2017 With thousands of proposal sheets coming in, today the Teamsters Package Division began the process of organizing and reviewing each proposal submitted by members from the union’s nearly 200 UPS locals. Throughout the morning and afternoon, each submitted proposal was read aloud by Package Division Director Sean O’Brien to the Division’s regional […]