© 2024 Louisville Public Media

Public Files:
89.3 WFPL · 90.5 WUOL-FM · 91.9 WFPK

For assistance accessing our public files, please contact info@lpm.org or call 502-814-6500
89.3 WFPL News | 90.5 WUOL Classical 91.9 WFPK Music | KyCIR Investigations
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
0:00 0:00
Available On Air Stations
Stream: News Music Classical

Teamsters Union Votes To Allow UPS Strike

Wikimedia Commons

United Parcel Service employees represented by the Teamsters union have given their contract negotiators the right to call a strike if necessary, but the company was quick to point out that the vote doesn’t mean a walkout is imminent.

The Teamsters union represents various UPS workers around the country, including thousands of package handlers and drivers at the company’s Worldport facility in Louisville.

The current labor contract between the union and UPS expires July 31, and negotiations are continuing.

UPS’s Louisville spokesman Mike Mangeot said in a statement that the two sides have reached tentative agreements on a variety of non-economic matters, subject to ratification.

He said the company is confident in its ability to resolve the outstanding issues, and strike authorization votes are a common tactic used during contract negotiations.

The union says 93 percent of UPS workers and 91 percent of UPS Freight workers who voted supported the strike authorization.

Rick Howlett was midday host and the host of LPM's weekly talk show, "In Conversation." He was with LPM from 2001-2023 and held many different titles, including Morning Edition host, Assignment Editor and Interim News Director. He died in August 2023. Read a remembrance of Rick here.

Can we count on your support?

Louisville Public Media depends on donations from members – generous people like you – for the majority of our funding. You can help make the next story possible with a donation of $10 or $20. We'll put your gift to work providing news and music for our diverse community.