Amazon drivers mull moving to UPS amid pay hike

Amazon drivers mull moving to UPS amid pay hike

Some Amazon drivers are pondering their futures in making deliveries for the e-commerce giant.

Their decision to make a switch has arisen after UPS and the Teamsters union reached an agreement over the summer that will bring significant pay rises to full-time and part-time union drivers over five years, Business Insider reported. In August, the deal was ratified.

With about 340,000 UPS workers, the Teamsters has about 340,000 UPS workers, either full-time or part-time.

Twitter users have used the UPS-Teamsters collective bargaining agreement and its pay-related terms as a fodder for memes about the difference in UPS and Amazon Delivery Service Partners driver pay, the outlet said.

Some drivers have made joking comments about moving over to UPS, Business Insider reported.

re going to have to decide if they want to keep quality drivers or not, said a delivery driver.

Under the collective bargaining agreement with UPS, current Teamster-represented UPS workers will see their pay increase $2.75 per hour in this year, FOX Business previously reported. Over the five years, the rate is expected to climb $7.50 for full-time and part-time UPS workers.

It has other provisions related to overtime and time off, as well.

Amazon's delivery drivers are contracted through its delivery service partners program. According to the company's hiring website, such drivers can expect 40 hours of work each week, full benefits, competitive pay and access to a vehicle, among other things.

Two drivers, who spoke to Business Insider, pegged their hourly pay at about $18 after seeing increases.

Since 2018, Amazon has had delivery service partners. Earlier this month, the company said that all of those companies had over 279,000 drivers worldwide.

The company said that $440 million of its recently-announced $840 million investment would go toward DSP rate increases to 'help DSPs provide even greater wages and benefits to drivers' in addition to retaining existing ones. It also will cover some tuition for education and help locating child care services, among other things.

From the start of the year, the company's stock worth has surged by more than 50%.