UPDATE: Workers at UPS Freight represented by the Teamsters Union have ratified a new five-year agreement that was the company's last, best and final offer, averting a national strike. Members approved the contract by a 77 percent to 23 percent margin at local union meetings held from Nov. 7 until Sunday. The agreement covers approximately 11,600 workers at the company.
The final vote was 6,935 in favor and 2,067 opposed with 84 percent of eligible members voting.
UPS is preparing for what could be the second-biggest employee strike to hit the delivery company since 1997.
The Georgia-based parcel service said it' was clearing all of its freight shipments this week to ensure its network was completely empty by Friday, days before a massive strike could potentially start.
Up to 11,000 drivers, who are represented by the Teamsters union, may be on strike as early as Monday morning, as contract negotiations remain at a standstill.
All week, Teamster members across the country have been voting on UPS’s “last, best, and final offer” contract with final votes expected to be tallied on Sunday. If a majority of members do not approve the contract, UPS Freight drivers will not go to work on Monday.