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Frustrated UPS employees want answers

August 16, 1997

By MARLO BARNHART

Staff Writer

About two dozen United Parcel Service employees met Friday and compiled a list of 29 questions they want answered as their strike entered its 12th day with no end in sight.

"Our biggest frustration is that we don't even have a copy of the proposal of the contract to look at,'' said Marty Price, a 15-year veteran with the nation's largest package carrier.

"We also want to know why our union won't let us vote on the proposal - we want that opportunity,'' Price said.

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Friday morning, the drivers met in the parking lot of E. Russell Hicks Middle School on the Sharpsburg Pike.

Price said they met to discuss common concerns - as UPS employees, rather than as members of Teamsters 992.

Also attending that meeting were several union representatives but they were asked to leave, Price said. "We needed to talk amongst ourselves first.''

Now that that has been done, the list of 29 questions has been submitted to Bill Armes, business agent for the local union, Price said Friday afternoon.

"They are now going to fax those questions to other locals to see if they know the answers,'' Price said.

Friday morning, Armes couldn't hide his displeasure that the drivers didn't seem to want their union leadership involved in the meeting.

"We will take their questions to Washington, D.C.,'' Armes said. "But they should have faith in their union representatives.''

Local Teamsters 992 represents 393 fulltime and parttime employees who work out of Hagerstown, Frederick and Chambersburg, Pa.

Headquartered in Atlanta, Ga., UPS has 338,000 worldwide with 302,000 of those in the United States (185,000 are Teamsters).

Prior to the strike, UPS had a customer base of 1.46 million shippers with a daily delivery volumn of 12 million parcels and documents.

With talks still going on Friday, the key points of the current labor disagreement continue to be fulltime vs. parttime employment, pay, pensions.

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