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UPS RESPONDS TO TEAMSTERS JOB ACTION AUTHORIZATION; NO IMPACT ON SERVICE SEEN

 ATLANTA, Sept. 3 /PRNewswire/ -- United Parcel Service (UPS) said today that the Teamsters announcement of receiving authorization for a strike will have no effect on UPS's ability to serve its customers. The company reassured the public that it is continuing to provide all normal pickup and delivery services.
 "The indefinite extension of the current contract remains in effect, along with an agreement to provide five working days advanced notice of any plans to end the extension," said UPS spokesman Ken Sternad. "No such notice has been given by either party, and we believe we will settle on a new contract without a work stoppage."
 Talks will resume on Tuesday, Sept. 7, after a two-week recess called by the Teamsters to take the authorization vote following UPS's initial economic offer.
 According to Sternad, authority for job action has been routinely obtained during past contract negotiations without being used. In fact, there has never been a national strike at UPS.
 UPS, which regularly communicates with employees on a range of issues, has found that a vast majority of its people want the Teamsters and the company to reach an agreement soon.
 "Our employees are telling us they're anxious for our negotiations to conclude," said Sternad. "They seem as frustrated as we are that an agreement hasn't been reached by this time."
 Though negotiations began more than five months ago, the original July 31 contract expiration date passed without an agreement, resulting in the indefinite extension and five-day notice.
 "UPS has been open to further negotiations from the moment we put our economic proposal on the table," said Sternad. "We want to reach an agreement that is good for our people, while leaving us well-positioned in our increasingly competitive industry."
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 /CONTACT: Ken Sternad or Bob Kenney, both of United Parcel Service, 404-913-6124 or 404-913-6122, or Judi Mackey of Edelman PR Worldwide, 212-704-8110/


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