From The Louisville Courier-Journal: UPS hourly workers vote to strike, if needed, amid contract talks

By GRACE SCHNEIDER

UPS hourly workers in Louisville were among 280,000 nationwide who voted overwhelmingly this week to authorize the Teamsters to call a strike if negotiations eventually break down with the shipping giant.

The vote doesn't mean that employees will strike, but it gives the union's top bargainers the option to call a strike. More significantly, it's a way for a union to heat up pressure and draw attention to the bargaining. The current master contract expires July 31.

UPS officials said that bargaining is going well, and they were quick to put the bargaining into that context and stick to their talking points.

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