Teamsters Election May Hold Cards For Upcoming UPS Contract Talks


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Teamsters Election May Hold Cards For Upcoming UPS Contract Talks - Yahoo

The five-year contract between the Teamsters and UPS Inc., the Teamsters' largest employer with 268,000 members, doesn't expire until July 31, 2023. Talks aren't likely to start until late 2022. In reality, however, the contract cycle starts around Thanksgiving 2021.

Barring unforeseen circumstances, the Teamsters will by then have elected a new slate of officers, including a general president and general secretary-treasurer, to run the 1.4 million-member union for the next five years. At stake is the election of a new president to succeed James P. Hoffa, who at 80 is stepping down after 23 years at the helm. Ballots are expected to be counted during the first half of November, with a winner expected to be announced soon after.

The three presidential candidates are Steve Vairma, secretary-treasurer of Local 455 in Denver, Kevin P. Moore, president of Local 299 in Detroit, and Sean M. O'Brien, president of Local 25 in Boston. Vairma is favored by Hoffa and other top executives at the international level because he is perceived to represent continuity and stability in a post-Hoffa world. Moore, a close Hoffa ally, broke off on his own after not getting the boss's first nod as his successor.