Job seekers are suddenly paying a lot more attention to UPS.
The shipping company earlier this summer sealed a new deal with the Teamsters union that will see the average full-time UPS driver make $170,000 in annual pay and benefits at the end of the five-year contract.
Tech workers on Blind commented on the deal, with some expressing admiration, and others frustration, that delivery drivers might earn more than a software engineer.
And last week, a Reddit user posted what appeared to be a copy of their UPS paycheck, showing pay of $2,400 for a 49-hour week. The post received close to 10,000 upvotes and garnered more than 1,500 comments.
The $170,000 package includes healthcare and pension benefits, with drivers earning about $95,000 a year with $50,000 in benefits on average, according to the company. Job searches to work at UPS spiked after the wage hike.
The interest in the UPS contract comes as another union, United Auto Workers, launches a historic strike. And in Hollywood, the actors union SAG-AFTRA and the Writers Guild of America remain on strike. (Yes, Insider’s own newsroom union also went on strike this summer.)
The industries and negotiations differ. But the visibility of these actions, and the contracts won so far, is fueling a fresh conversation across industries about pay and organized labor.