Collective Bargaining Agreement Status
As of December 31, 2013, we had approximately 253,000 employees employed under a national master agreement and various supplemental agreements with local unions affiliated with the International Brotherhood of Teamsters (“Teamsters”). In April 2013, we reached a tentative agreement with the Teamsters on two new national master agreements in the U.S. Domestic Package and UPS Freight business units, both of which are retroactive to August 1, 2013 and will remain effective through July 31, 2018. Before expiration of the existing national master agreements, the Company and the Teamsters agreed to extensions of both existing five-year national master agreements and all supplemental agreements. The extensions are open-ended and can be terminated by either party on thirty days' notice.
UPS Teamster-represented employees in the U.S. Domestic Package business unit subsequently voted to approve the new national master agreement in June 2013, while several local U.S. Domestic Package supplemental agreements require additional negotiation and approval before ratification occurs. As of February 2014, there were a total of six supplemental agreements that still have to be approved before ratification. We anticipate that the remaining agreements will be voted upon in the coming months.
The UPS Freight business unit ratified its national master agreement in January 2014.
We have approximately 2,600 pilots who are employed under a collective bargaining agreement with the Independent Pilots Association (“IPA”), which became amendable at the end of 2011. In February 2014, UPS and the IPA requested mediation by the National Mediation Board for the ongoing contract negotiations.
As of the date of this filing, there can be no assurance that our efforts to obtain ratification will be successful or that the ultimate resolution of these matters will not adversely affect our business, financial position, results of operations or liquidity.
Business Acquisitions
In February 2014, we completed the purchase of U.K.-based Polar Speed, a provider of temperature-sensitive pharmaceutical supply chain solutions in the U.K. The acquisition expands our healthcare logistics network in Europe, providing healthcare companies access to a single source for logistics solutions across the continent. The acquisition was not material to our results of operations or financial position.