Approximately one year out from the expiration of the UPS and UPS Freight contracts, the IBT requests all locals to gather proposals from the Unionís membership. At the end of that 60 day time-frame the proposals are sorted by article, section and sub-section. IBT staff then goes through the thousands of proposals to ensure that there are no duplicate proposalsófor example, there does not need to be 100 proposals that UPS allows neatly trimmed beards, one will suffice. These proposals are then put into binders for the National Negotiating Committee to review. The NNC screens the proposals based on surveys and their day-to-day experience dealing with UPS on the shop floor as well as the various regional and national grievance committees.

The results of the screening are then reviewed at a meeting known as the Two-Person committee, comprised of two representatives from all UPS and UPS Freight local unions. The results of that meeting become the Teamsterís initial bargaining proposals to be presented at the start of negotiations.