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I got this from a pilot friend of mine who flies for FDX....everything isn't black and white soooooo much GREY.....

[FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]Teamsters Approve UPS Contract[/FONT]
UPS workers represented by the Teamsters voted to approve a five-year contract with annual wage and benefit increases of about 4.1 percent, the union said.
However, the vote still has to be certified, which, due to the holiday, could take until early next week.
Also, under the Teamster Constitution, the national contract cannot be fully implemented until all supplements and riders are approved. Those agreements govern local work rules. The Local 804 Supplement, the Central and Western Pennsylvania Supplements, the Local 926 Carwash Supplement, and the Hawaii Rider still have to be accepted, Teamsters said in a statement Nov. 20.
As the contract does not take effect until the middle of next year, the Teamsters consider the pact approved at this point. The certification, a union spokesman said, is "pro forma" and there is no likelihood, he added, of a re-vote or any other hold up because of the outstanding supplements and riders. But union officials could not say now what would happen if those agreements can't be hammered out before the new contract is scheduled to be implemented.
"All other supplements and riders have been accepted by a majority of the voting members," Teamsters said.
About 65 percent of Teamsters voting supported the ratification of the agreement, reached Sept. 30, which covers about 240,000 UPS drivers, clerks and package sorters.
The new contract raises hourly pay for most full-time workers 70 cents next year, 75 cents in 2009 and 2010, 85 cents in 2011 and 95 cents in 2012. The annual increases will be paid in two equal installments.
Reached 10 months before the existing contract ends, the agreement helped UPS and Teamsters keep shipments that could have been diverted elsewhere.
The early agreement and voter ratification - if certified and supported by supplemental approval - would also allow UPS to pull out of the Central States Pension Fund in time to avoid high financial penalties.
The Central States withdrawal has been a testy issue, but both company and union officials said the withdrawal from the under funded and sagging pension would be best for the company and the union. UPS and the Teamsters will now set up their own jointly administered pension for the estimated 42,000 members currently in the fund. UPS is paying $6.1 billion to remove itself from Central States.
It's still unclear whether the delay in approving the outstanding supplements or riders will hold up the Central States Pension Fund withdrawal plan, although the union points out that none of those delayed agreements affect locals involved in that fund.
Michael Fabey
Traffic World