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  • Maggie Mildenberger

Logistics Update: UPS Union Tensions, Port Statuses, & I-95

On Friday, June 16th, the Teamsters Union released a decision supported by 97% of the UPS Teamsters to authorize a strike on July 31st, should a new contract agreement not be reached.


This leaves the rest of the month of June, and the entire month of July, for the Teamsters and UPS to come to an agreement before the National Master Agreement expires.

The Teamsters represent more than 340,000 UPS delivery drivers and warehouse logistics workers nationwide.



This strike is also supported by Teamsters working at T-Force, a former subsidiary of UPS that focused on LTL that was acquired by TFI International, a Canadian Freight company, in 2021.


The negotiations between Teamsters and TForce Freight are set to resume June 26.

However, the Commercial Carrier Journal reports, the Teamsters Union has seemed to endorse a tentative labor agreement with ABF, for over 8,500 members across the country, starting on July 2023 to June 2028. This agreement still needs to be ratified by individual local unions.

 

We here at Audit Logistics have been monitoring the West Coast Port negotiations over the last couple weeks. We are waiting for an update from the ILWU and the PMA on the ratification of the agreement we posted about last week, as the union and the PMA still need to ratify the agreement. Updates from either side are not expected for some time.


While the situation with US’s West Coast ports seems to have stabilized, the same can’t be said for the ports in Canada, where labor negotiations remain up in the air.


On June 13th, the Maritime Executive posted about the “nearly unanimous vote, the members of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union of Canada gave their leaders a mandate to call a strike if necessary in their ongoing contract negotiations.”


The journal Business in Vancouver posted that as of June 20th, both sides of the Canadian negotiations, the ILWU – Canada representing workers, and the BC Maritime Employers Association (BCMEA) representing the ports, are able to issue a 72 hour strike or a lockout notice.


We will continue to monitor the situation on the US West Coast, as well as Vancouver.

 

As we had posted about in early June, an overpass of the 5-lane I-95 in Philadelphia collapsed. Thanks to crews working 24 hours a day over the last 12 days, there are three temporary lanes now usable in both directions, allowing traffic to go over the collapsed section.


Crews will continue to work on this project to create permanent lanes in the coming months.

The reopened lanes are expected to ease congested side-streets that have been detours over the last two weeks, although through traffic underneath the overpass is still being re-directed.

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