UPS Sues Union Over Walkout
ATLANTA (AP) _ United Parcel Service sued the Teamsters union for $50 million to cover its losses from a one-day strike over the Atlanta-based shipper’s plans to increase package weight limits.
The suit, filed late Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Washington, also seeks unspecified punitive damages. Shortly after the stike ended Monday, the company said the action had cost it $50 million and threatened to sue.
The strike was settled when both sides agreed to discuss terms of the weight requirements.
There was disagreement over how many UPS workers participated in the walkout. The union said more than 50 percent of its 165,000 UPS members across the country went on strike, but the company said only about 20 percent participated.
The settlement that ended the walkout permits UPS to sue for damages resulting from the strike, although it barred legal action against the union for violating a restraining order that prohibited the strike.
Earlier in the week, after UPS said it intended to sue the union, Teamsters president Ron Carey said any damages were the result of management refusing to negotiate over the weight limit increase.