Strike's effects on UPS customers:

Gerald Taylor and Zell Chapman, who waited 63 years to get married, almost spent another week waiting _ for motor home parts stranded in the strikebound UPS system.

The Portales, N.M., couple, who lost touch after Taylor and his family moved away in 1934, got together again and married this year. They were taking a trip when their aging motor home broke down in Chubbuck, Idaho.

Taylor, 81, and his wife, 82, had to wait for custom-built parts to be shipped from the East Coast.

Taylor cajoled supervisor Lance Anderson at the UPS distribution center in nearby Pocatello to look for the needed axle and brake parts. Anderson found the axle in the first truck he unloaded. The brake parts were in a truck that was not unloaded until later.

They were finally on the road again Thursday.

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In Bismarck, N.D., union members blocked a tractor-trailer rig from entering the UPS distribution center as they staged a rally in support of striking employees.

The rig, hauling two UPS trailers, was owned by an independent trucking company. It had arrived in Bismarck from Glendive, Mont.

``That's part of the fight that we've got with this company,'' said Tony Goetzfried, secretary of the local branch of the Teamsters union.

``Owner-operators pull in United Parcel Service trailers, and you just saw it right here. We don't want that,'' Goetzfried said. ``We want full-time jobs and we want our members in those trucks.'

Union members told the driver to take the truck back to Montana. The driver circled the block once and got back on Interstate 94.

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Companies looking for ways to ship packages have discovered at least one interstate carrier with excess capacity _ provided the shipper and receiver don't mind a trip to the bus station.

Greyhound Lines Inc. is grabbing more freight business because of the four-day strike against UPS, a company official said.

``Business started picking up a couple of weeks ago,'' said Mike Ealey, package express manager for Greyhound Lines Inc. in Lincoln, Neb.

About 50 companies have charge accounts at Greyhound and more have signed on since the strike, Ealey said.

``We've seen at least a 50 percent increase. It's really taken off,'' Ealey said. Greyhound charges lower rates than UPS, but doesn't deliver door-to-door.

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The president of an outdoor wear company found a reliable replacement for UPS: himself.

Roy Conine, president of Flint River Outdoor Wear Inc. of Columbus, Ga., loaded a truck with $3,000 worth of clothing ordered by a South Carolina client and made the seven-hour drive Wednesday.

``We're having to improvise,'' he said. ``We're also doing some stuff by FedEx and the post office, but they can't handle our volume.''