United Parcel Service Inc. may soon have more leeway to introduce Sunday deliveries under a preliminary agreement with the Teamsters union by creating a new class of drivers for weekend work.
According to Bloomberg, the new workers, called Combination Drivers, may be the solution to union concerns about its members being forced to work weekends or overtime. These drivers could also help generate more full-time opportunities for current part-time employees.
Bloomberg reports Combination Drivers will be limited to 25 percent of the total number of regular delivery drivers, who will work Monday through Friday. If UPS needs additional weekend staff, the higher-paid regular drivers will have first choice to take the days, while being the last ones forced to work Saturday or Sunday.
“Our members know that they work in a changing industry, driven by e-commerce and the ‘Amazon effect,’ where consumers want fast delivery and weekend delivery,” Denis Taylor, director of the Teamsters Package Division and co-chairman of the Teamsters National UPS Negotiating Committee, said in a statement last week.
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