UPS, Teamsters union making ‘significant movement’ on contract termsa

UPS Inc. has made a contract offer to the Teamsters union that the union said Friday represents “significant movement” on wages, benefits and worker classification language.

Despite the progress, it isn’t enough, the union said in a statement. After UPS executives left the negotiating room, Teamster national committee members caucused and agreed to continue to put pressure on the company. “One of two things is going to happen next-UPS will come to terms on a deal we can confidently recommend to our members, or UPS will fail and the company will put itself on the street,” said Fred Zuckerman, the Teamsters general secretary-treasurer.

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Egg supply stabilizes, up 4% from 2022

U.S. egg production numbers are on the rise, signaling a rebuild after bird flu decimated commercial flocks last year and sent prices skyrocketing.

A total of 9.37 billion eggs were produced in May, up 4% from last year, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Egg production levels were down as much as 6% earlier this year, but started to show signs of improvement in April.

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Labor negotiations for East and Gulf Coast ports hit speed bump

Labor negotiations for East Coast and Gulf Coast ports, previously on a fast track, have hit a speed bump. The next step in the two-pronged U.S. longshore contract talks had gotten an early start well ahead of the expiration of the contract next year. But, the Wall Street Journal reports, the International Longshoremen’s Association (ILA) has halted the negotiations, with union chief Harold Daggett saying the employers weren’t willing to meet labor’s demands.

The stance signals a tougher line for negotiations covering ports from Texas to Maine, as West Coast dockworkers prepare to vote on the tentative agreement that was recently reached there. 

The ILA contract doesn’t expire until Sept. 30, 2024. 

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