United Parcel Service Inc. Teamsters workers approved a five-year contract that covers 250,000 employees, moving the world’s largest package-delivery company closer to avoiding the risk of a possible strike.
The union announced preliminary results Tuesday, saying the accord received a majority of the votes cast, without giving details. Counting will conclude Wednesday, the Teamsters said.
A running tally on the Teamsters website showed 34,037 votes favoring the so-called national master contract and 29,576 against it.
Seventeen local supplemental contracts appear to have failed and must be renegotiated and voted on again, according to the Teamsters for a Democratic Union, a splinter group of workers.
The Atlanta company didn’t immediately have a comment on the voting results.
The contract would take effect on Aug. 1 and includes raises totaling $3.90 per hour over the five years, which adds up to $25,000 for certain full-time drivers over the life of the agreement, the union has said. The accord also creates 2,350 full-time jobs.
UPS wanted to win ratification before the current accord expires in July, to reassure customers who might have begun shifting deliveries to FedEx Corp. ahead of a possible walkout. A two-week Teamsters strike in 1997 cost about $650 million, UPS said at the time.