UPS avoids massive freight driver strike

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.


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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.