**Head of Teamsters Urges White House to Stay Out of UPS Contract Dispute**
The head of the Teamsters union, Sean O’Brien, has requested that the White House not interfere if UPS workers go on strike. Negotiations between UPS and the union have reached a standstill, with a deadline for a new contract approaching. O’Brien has emphasized that he does not want any external involvement in the dispute.
**Impending Strike Threatens UPS Operations**
The union, representing 340,000 UPS workers, has issued a threat to go on strike if a deal is not reached by the expiration of the collective bargaining agreement on July 31. The standoff between the company and the union has lasted for more than a week. If the strike were to occur, it would be the first since a major walkout 25 years ago that severely impacted UPS operations.
**Teamsters President Appeals to White House to Stay Neutral**
During a webcast with union members, Sean O’Brien made it clear that he has repeatedly requested the White House to refrain from intervening in the dispute. He used an analogy of two people having a disagreement in his childhood neighborhood, emphasizing that outsiders should not involve themselves. The Teamsters president wants the union and UPS to resolve their issues without external interference.
**Contract Negotiations Reach Stalemate**
While both UPS and the union had previously reached tentative agreements on various matters such as adding air conditioning to more trucks and eliminating a two-tier wage system for weekend drivers, they failed to come to a consensus on wage increases for part-time workers. Currently, part-time workers at UPS receive a minimum wage of $16.20 per hour, which has become a sticking point in the negotiations.
**UPS Prepares for Possible Strike**
In preparation for a potential strike, UPS has announced plans to train nonunion employees to fill in if necessary. This move aims to mitigate disruptions to package delivery services in the event of a strike by unionized workers. However, the hope is to reach a resolution before it comes to that.
The ongoing contract dispute between UPS and the Teamsters union has escalated to the point where a strike is now a real possibility. However, Teamsters President Sean O’Brien has made it clear that he does not want the White House to interfere in the negotiations. The outcome of this dispute will have significant implications for UPS operations and the livelihoods of its workers. Both parties must find a way to overcome their differences and reach a satisfactory agreement before the July 31 deadline.