AHPA commends UPS, Teamsters on reaching labor deal to avoid strike
July 31, 2023
United Parcel Service (UPS) and the International Brotherhood of Teamsters announced last week that they have reached a tentative 5-year collective bargaining agreement. While the agreement still needs to be ratified by union members, this action will avert a potential strike that was previously authorized by UPS workers to start tomorrow, August 1, when the current agreement expires.
The American Herbal Products Association (AHPA) joined a coalition of trade organizations under the leadership of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in sending a letter to President Biden on July 20 to urge the Administration to work with UPS and the Teamsters to help reach an agreement and to avoid the disruption that a strike would cause, especially to small businesses and online retailers.
“Even as other supply chain disruptions are resolving, AHPA members have let us know over the past few weeks of their concerns about the significant negative effects that would result from a UPS strike,” noted AHPA President Michael McGuffin. “On behalf of our members (and their customers) who rely on UPS, AHPA thanks and commends UPS and the Teamsters on reaching this tentative agreement, and we look forward to hearing news of its ratification.”