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UPS and Teamsters point fingers over alleged contract negotiations walkout



Negotiations between UPS and the International Brotherhood of Teamsters broke down early Wednesday, increasing the likelihood of a strike just weeks before their contract is set to expire.

Marathon negotiations that stretched through the July 4 holiday ended with each side accusing the other of abandoning the effort.

In a statement, the union said UPS walked away from the table around 4 a.m. after refusing to make a “last, best, and final offer,” and saying it had “nothing more to give.” The company’s offer had been rejected by the union’s bargaining committee.

“This multibillion-dollar corporation has plenty to give American workers — they just don’t want to,” Teamsters general president Sean O’Brien said in a statement. “UPS had a choice to make, and they have clearly chosen to go down the wrong road.”

But UPS contends the Teamsters “stopped negotiating,” pointing out that there is still nearly a month left to iron out a deal.

“We have not walked away, and the union has a responsibility to remain at the table,” the company said in an unsigned statement.

It’s the latest labor dispute to threaten a pillar of the nation’s transportation and ecosystem. A nearly year-long dispute over pay and automation led to intermittent shutdowns earlier this year at several West Coast ports, even though workers were never officially on strike, disrupting trade pathways from Asia. President Biden had to personally intervene to avert a walkout among railway workers last year.

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