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UPS increasing automation to have ‘less dependency on labor’

New York’s Teamsters are already feeling the squeeze

Posted 4/12/24

Less than a year after signing a landmark contract with the Teamsters that, by the union’s estimate, got workers $30 billion of new money and benefits, United Parcel Service is rapidly automating its network to drive down labor costs. 

At UPS’s investor and analyst day on March 26, executives touted their steps towards automation, saying that new technology would allow them to close warehouses across the country, eliminate some sorting shifts and “significantly reduce our dependency on labor.”

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