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UPS Labor Dispute Officially Ends

February 6, 1998

WASHINGTON (AP) _ The UPS labor dispute that sparked a 15-day strike last summer came to a quiet end Friday, when members in Pennsylvania gave final approval to a supplemental agreement affecting their territory.

The ratification means that more than 185,000 Teamsters nationwide who work for United Parcel Service will now receive the wage increases and improved benefits in their new contract, retroactive to Aug. 1, 1997.

``It took unity and membership involvement to win our strike last August,″ said a statement issued by Teamsters Parcel Director Ken Hall. ``Now we’ll continue to keep our members involved to make sure that UPS lives up to the new agreement.″

The ratification process was delayed because members in two areas _ Louisville, Ky., and central Pennsylvania _ had rejected their supplemental agreements negotiated at the local level.

Both contracts were renegotiated and Teamsters in Louisville ratified their supplement in December. A majority of the central Pennsylvania members ratified their supplement in ballots counted Friday.

UPS, which is based in Atlanta and is the nation’s largest package delivery service, is still awaiting ratification of a separate contract recently negotiated with its airplane pilots.