UPS and Teamsters agree on aircraft mechanics’ pay

The Teamsters union and UPS have reached an agreement on pay and benefits for 1300 aircraft mechanics and related employees.

Union members will have to vote on the tentative agreement that was negotiated by Teamsters Local 2727 in a secret ballot in September.

In a statement, the Teamsters said that the deal “sets a new bar for aircraft mechanics in the U.S. airline industry, with pay rates and benefits that surpass those at FedEx and all other major U.S.-based carriers”.

“Upon ratification of the new contract,” added the Teamsters, “Local 2727 members will become the highest paid aviation mechanics in the country by a wide margin.”

The Teamsters said that the agreement offers “dramatic” increases in pay for all mechanics and related employees, including an immediate 16% pay increase and 3% raises each “resulting in a 30.7% increase in pay from current rates by the end of the contract”. There will also be an increase in UPS’s pension contributions and other benefits.

Earlier this week the Teamsters announced that they have ratified the contract for 90 drivers who work for’s online grocery home delivery service in Seattle. These drivers are the first drivers at to work on a union contract.