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UPS Workers Threaten Strike Just Before Busy Holiday Season

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UPS jets sit at the company's facility at O'Hare International Airport on Sept. 19, 2014, in Chicago, Illinois. (Scott Olson/Getty Images)

By    |   Wednesday, 22 November 2017 08:40 AM

UPS workers are threatening to go on strike just before the busy holiday season over disputes pertaining to their healthcare benefits, Business Insider reported.

About 1,300 aircraft mechanics at United Parcel Service Inc. have publicly announced their proposed strike action through a national advertising campaign that reveals the company's intentions to make massive cuts to their healthcare benefits.

The workers have listed their grievances in ads taken out in USA Today and the Seattle Times.

"What every American should know before they ship with UPS during the holidays: UPS wants to make deep cuts to its aircraft mechanics' health care benefits," they claimed, according to Business Insider. "That's why the 1,300 aircraft mechanics who keep UPS planes running during the holiday season are ready to strike."

This has been an ongoing issue that the UPS air mechanics and related employees, represented by the Teamsters Local 2727 union, have been fighting for years.

Originally the workers intended to go on strike last year in November, CNN noted, but their request was denied by federal authorities.

Teamsters said in a statement that it has tried to negotiate with UPS but the company has "refused to bargain fairly or offer reasonable proposals to come to a fair agreement."

The union said that, as a result there has been increased unrest and instability among the air maintenance workers ahead of the busy holiday shopping season.

"The holiday shipping season is UPS' busiest and most critical time, and before our customers ship with UPS, we want them to know about the instability in our already distressed workforce," said Tim Boyle, president of Teamsters Local 2727, per Business Insider.

"The aircraft maintenance workforce is united and won't let UPS executives gamble with our families' health care."

According to Teamsters, the UPS workers recently filed a request with the federal National Mediation Board (NMB) to be released from mediated contract negotiations with UPS.

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