May 7, 2013(WASHINGTON) – Leaders of Teamster Local Unions that represent UPS workers across the United States voted unanimously today to endorse the tentative UPS national agreement, paving the way for ballots to be prepared and sent to members. General Secretary-Treasurer hall, who also serves as Package Division Director and Co-Chairman of the Teamsters National Negotiating Committee with General President Jim Hoffa, presented the changes contained in the tentative agreement to more than 300 Local Union leaders. “Our members made clear they wanted us to protect their health care benefits and address harassment while increasing wages and retirement contributions,” hall said. “This is a strong tentative agreement that achieves all those things and more.” Details of the tentative agreement with UPS were outlined at the “two-person” meeting, attended by two representatives from each Local Union. The UPS national master contract is the largest collective bargaining agreement in North America. “I commend the negotiating committee for staying focused and united,” Hoffa said. “Backed by the determination and engagement of our members, the committee kept its mission in sight and remained a force at the bargaining table. This is an agreement we can all be proud of.” Local leaders are being encouraged to hold Local Union meetings to discuss details of the tentative agreement. Ballot packages will be mailed to all members at the end of May for ratification of the master agreement, and any supplements and riders if applicable. Complete voting instructions will be included in the ballot package. Tentatively, ballots will start being counted on or about June 20.