UPS Union Ratifies Labor Deal Even After Members Reject It (1)

Oct. 6, 2018, 3:17 AM; Updated: Oct. 9, 2018, 2:40 PM

United Parcel Service Inc.’s union ratified a five-year labor agreement for employees—even though a majority of members who voted turned it down.

The 54 percent “no” vote wasn’t enough to block the deal under union rules because less than half the membership turned out to cast ballots, the International Brotherhood of Teamsters said late Oct. 5. With such low participation, two-thirds of workers would have had to oppose the deal for the rejection to be valid.

The lukewarm approval could ratchet up tensions between factions within the Teamsters. It could stoke labor turmoil for UPS as it tries to lower ...

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