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The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC)




General President

25 Louisiana Avenue, NW
ington, DC 20001



General Secretary-Treasurer





The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) is an organization
bankrolled by corporate money - including UPS and FedEx - to write
model legislation that at
tacks middle class working families.

ALEC is behind legislation designed to:


  • Misclassify employees as independent contractors so companies

    like FedEx can increase profit by paying workers less

    Drive wages and benefits down

    • Restrict your rights for claiming workers compensation

    • Weaken safety standards on roads and highways

    • Automate package delivery using driverless vehicles

  • Support right-to-work for less laws that will weaken unions and
    make it more difficult to negotiate good contracts

    ALEC is so controversial that more than 100 companies have cut ties
    with the group including Coke, Pepsi, Amazon, Google, McDonald's
    and Walmart.

    It's time to ask UPS why it is still in bed with an organization that writes,
    distributes and lobbies for laws that are solely designed to hurt working


Download: UPS Alec flier.pdf


As you begin your retirement process with UPS Human Resources, you must also contact the Teamsters Western Region & Local 177 Health Care Plan to begin your transition from the active benefits plan to the retiree benefits plan.  UPS member can click on this link,, 

to print out the required enrollment forms to be filled out and returned directly to the Teamsters Western Region & Local 177 Health Care Plan .  You can contact the plan at 1-855-215-2039 or contact the Local Union Hall if you have any questions about the transition from active to retiree benefits.


The link to the Teamsters Western Region & Local 177 Health Care Plan and Express Scripts is  located on the left of this home screen, under the IMPORTANT LINKS heading.

New Pension Law/Omnibus Spending Bill

You can find a link to the International Brotherhood of Teamsters website below or in the column on the left under "Important Links" to review the New Pension Law/Omnibus Spending Bill.

Contract Update

2013 National Master United Parcel Service Agreement, All Supplements, Riders and Addenda in effect starting April 25, 2014

The Teamsters UPS National Negotiating Committee, pursuant to Article XII of the IBT Constitution announced the 2013 National Master United Parcel Service Agreement, All Supplements, Riders and Addenda will be in effect starting April 25, 2014.

The wages contained in the Agreement are retroactive to August 1, 2013 and UPS has committed to expediting the checks for your retroactive wage increases. The retro check will be a separate check to avoid being taxed at a higher rate. In addition, UPS will begin making retroactive contributions to the health and welfare and pension funds immediately. UPS currently owes over $300 million to Teamster members and funds. Now Teamsters will be made whole.

The Agreement contains unparalleled wage and benefit increases. New language offers strong protection from harassment and retaliation. In addition, the new 9.5 language, protections regarding SurePost and all of the other improvements and protections contained in the new Agreement will be in effect.

If you have any questions, please contact Local 177 Union office.

Master Agreement


To: UPS Teamster members

From: Teamsters UPS National Negotiating Committee

Date: April 23, 2014

Re: 2013 National Master United Parcel Service Agreement, All Supplements, Riders and Addenda

The 2013 National Master United Parcel Service Agreement and all Supplements, Riders and Addenda are in effect starting April 25, 2014. The Teamsters National Negotiating Committee took this action pursuant to Article XII of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters Constitution.

The economics contained in the Agreement are retroactive to August 1, 2013. UPS has committed to expediting payment of your retroactive wages. The retro check will be a separate check from your regular paycheck. UPS owes Teamster members and funds over $300 million in wages and contributions. It is time to make Teamster members and their funds whole.

The changes to health care that were approved by a majority of UPS Teamsters in June 2013 will go into effect June 1, 2014. If your health care is changing as a result of this Agreement, you will be receiving information in the coming weeks regarding your benefits.

It was an honor to represent UPS Teamsters across the country in these negotiations. Through our united efforts we have negotiated a strong contract that includes pay increases, excellent benefits and new language that protects our jobs and improves our working conditions. We would like to thank the UPS Teamsters across the country who have waited patiently while our Teamsters collective bargaining process was completed.

If you have any questions regarding this contract please contact Local 177 Union hall or visit  for more information.

Contract Information


We are in the process of having both the Local 177 Supplemental Agreements as well as The UPS National Master Agreement printed.  Once completed, a copy will be sent to all Local 177 UPS members.

Copies of the agreements were previously mailed to all members when they received their ballots.  If needed, you can print a copy of these agreements by using links below.

Please use this link for the Drivers and Mechanics & Maintenance Agreements;


Please use this link to go to the IBT website then click on the UPS NATIONAL MASTER AGREEMENT, 2013-2018 tab which is located in the right hand column of the page;


Both the Drivers and Mechanics & Maintenance Supplemental Agreements have  passed.  Below you will find the final vote tally:

Drivers' Supplement

          Yes                              No

          2360                            958

Mechanics & Maintenance Supplement

          Yes                               No

           81                                 43

James R. Hoffa Memorial Scholarship Fund Essay Contest

The 2015 James R Hoffa Scholarship Essay Contest applications are now available.  Criteria and applications are available by clicking on following link, or contacting the Local Union office at 973-923-7070.

The deadline to return the completed application is June 15, 2015.

*****  2015 SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS  *****

2015 Local 177 Scholarship Winners :

George Amabile - son of UPS Parsippany Package Driver, George Amabile, Jr.

Jennifer Jernstedt - daughter of UPS Meadowlands porter, Robert Jernstedt.

Margaux Powell - daughter of UPS Meadowlands porter, Anthony Powell.

Each winner will receive $2500.00 per years for 4 years

2015 James R Hoffa Scholarship Winner :

George Amabile - son of UPS Parsippany Package Driver, George Amabile, Jr.

Michael Giordano - son of UPS Lakewood Package Driver, Michael Giordano.

Both have recieved a $1000.00 scholarship.

2015 Joint Council 73 Scholarship Winners :

Alexander Brattstrom - son of UPS Mt. Olive pre-loader, Laura Brattstrom

All Joint Council 73 Scholarship winners were awarded $6000.00 scholarships.

The following won a one time $1000.00 Boot Strap award,

Andrew Blahut - son of UPS Saddle Brook pre-loader, Roman Blahut.

Nicole Crugnale - daughter of UPS North Jersey feeder driver, Mike Crugnale.

Jennifer Jernstedt - daughter of UPS Meadowlands porter, Robert Jernstedt.

Saige McCabe - daughter of UPS Parsipppany car washer, Sean McCabe.

Richard Smith - son of UPS Parsippany automotive mechanic, Richard Smith


The Executive Board, along with the Membership of Local 177, wish to extend its' congratulations to the winners and their families. 


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  • The ‘Let’s Get America Working!’ campaign seeks to restore a dynamic and prosperous middle class to drive economic growth by helping to advance policy decisions that create and maintain good middle-income jobs, guarantee retirement security, expand access to the American Dream, and ensure that the benefits of the ongoing economic recovery are felt by the many, not just the few.

  • Candidate material is distributed to all members to encourage informed participation in the International officer election, and to promote a fair, honest and open process.

  • Negotiations for the National Master Automobile Transporters Agreement (NMATA) are under way. On Wednesday, June 3, representatives from carhaul local unions met in Detroit to approve the contract proposals and the next day, Thursday, June 4, the Teamsters National Automobile Transporters Industry Negotiating Committee (TNATINC) exchanged the contract proposals with the employer group.

    The committee will work hard to protect members’ health, welfare and pension benefits, protect job security and other address other top priorities

    The National Master Automobile Transporters Agreement (NMATA) and its supplements expire on August 31, 2015. The national contract covers almost 6,000 Teamster carhaulers.

    In addition to protecting benefits and job security, other top priorities are wages, the grievance procedures and safety and health issues.

  • Workers’ pensions are being endangered by both Congress and those charged with overseeing them. The Teamsters and our members are standing united to say “No!” to cuts and “Yes!” to greater retirement security!

  • The Teamsters Union represents more than 250,000 members at UPS and UPS Freight. UPS remains an active member of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) despite the organization’s anti-worker and anti-union agenda that seeks to undermine and weaken worker protections.

  • This web page provides information on our fight against fast-track legislation. The measure requires Congress to take only a quick up-or-down vote on secret trade deals like the Trans-Pacific Partnership and does not allow such agreements to be amended. It limits Congress’ constitutionally mandated oversight of such trade deals and lets others decide what’s best for America. The result is fewer good-paying U.S. jobs and unsafe food and products for Americans. Read more to find out why fast track is the wrong track for Teamsters and America.

  • Workers across the country at FedEx Freight and Con-way Freight are standing shoulder to shoulder to form their unions with the Teamsters to win a more secure future. Momentum is building with a first wave of victories with many more to come.

    There is growing worker resentment toward the companies after years of being treated unfairly. While the companies have suddenly made improvements since workers began to organize, workers know that without a legally binding contract the company can take these things away at any time.

    The unfulfilled promises that have been made to drivers and dockworkers over the past decade are coming back to haunt management.

    But now workers are taking action and standing up for themselves by forming their union. It's a different era now. It's Teamster Time! LIKE our Facebook page, here.

  • First Student employees’ collective bargaining agreement with the company, which covers more than 21,000 workers, expires on March 31, 2015. Employees at First Student made history when they voted overwhelmingly to ratify a national master agreement on June 1, 2011, and it is time to renegotiate that agreement. Turn to this page to get the latest contract news and updates. The first round of negotiations is scheduled for January 27-28, 2015. The national contract expires March 31, 2015.

  • Teamsters are been standing together to protect good jobs at Sysco and US Foods. Our solidarity on many fronts helped to defeat the mega-merger of the two companies, which would have put thousands of jobs at risk. But challenges remain as both companies refine their plans. Join our campaign to ensure these foodservice giants honor their agreements with 11,500 Teamsters and help us bring more Sysco and US Foods workers into the Teamster family. LIKE our Facebook page, here.


  • Taylor Farms workers in Tracy, California are standing up against poverty wages, disrespect and severe violations of their most basic rights. These 900 food processing workers in the Central Valley cut, wash and package salads and other products for the largest supplier of fresh-cut produce in the country. They feed the customers of major grocers, retailers and restaurant chains, including Walmart and McDonald’s.

    With a revenue of $1.8 billion in 2012, Taylor Farms can afford to treat its workers in Tracy with dignity and pay fair wages, just like their Teamster coworkers have at Taylor Farms’ facilities in Salinas, California. But when workers came together to organize with Teamsters Local 601, the company responded mercilessly. It fired, harassed, and punished workers for supporting the union. The company threatened immigrant workers with deportation, hiring an army of union-busters to run a non-stop fear campaign. During an NLRB election for union representation, Taylor Farms deployed a goon squad of supervisors to intimidate workers. The company’s violations were so egregious that the Labor Board impounded ballots while it investigates hundreds of Unfair Labor Practice charges.

    Workers in Tracy, following in the footsteps of labor leader and civil rights icon Cesar Chavez, are taking their fight to the public. The workers’ struggle for a better life for their families is supported by Teamsters in California and nationwide. We are building a movement for respect for the workers who feed America.

    ¡Si Se Puede!

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