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UPS Air Maintenance Workers Vote to Authorize Strike

Ninety-eight percent of UPS Air Maintenance Workers taking part in a mail-in ballot voted to authorize a strike. Talks have been ongoing for three years. Teamsters Local 2727, representing the workers, says that the main sticking point is healthcare benefits with UPS demanding major concessions. “We’re not asking for anything we don’t already have,” says Local 2727 President Tim Boyle. A strike could ground UPS airplanes, creating a major disruption in service. However, the air maintenance workers are governed by the US Railway Labor Act, which only permits strikes after negotiations and mediation have failed.