Teamsters approve five-year contract wtih UPS

06/25/2013 5:50 PM

06/25/2013 10:55 PM

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.

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