UPS Walks Away from Negotiations with Teamsters Union; Possibility of Nationwide Strike

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The Teamsters Union said early Wednesday morning that UPS “walked away from the bargaining table” after presenting an “unacceptable offer.”  Teamsters General President Sean M. O’Brien said, “This multibillion-dollar corporation has plenty to give American workers — they just don’t want to.” Since mid-April the union has been locked in negotiations with UPS.  A strike was imminent last week as the union presented a deadline of Friday for UPS to deliver its “last, best, and final offer.” UPS did so, but walked away after many rounds of negotiations that lasted through the July 4th holiday. UPS said in a statement, “Refusing to negotiate, especially when the finish line is in sight, creates significant unease among employees and customers and threatens to disrupt the U.S. economy.”  A deal must be reached by July 31 when UPS Teamsters’ contract covering more than 340,000 full- and part-time workers will expire.  There could be devastating disruptions to the supply chain in the U.S. and other countries if UPS Teamsters strike.