The Teamsters union over the weekend voted overwhelmingly to authorize a strike against UPS if it becomes necessary.

According to preliminary results, 93 percent of the members who work for UPS voted for a strike authorization.
The vote does not mean a strike is imminent; it is intended to put pressure on UPS to move negotiations along. “It is time that we break the logjam at the negotiating table,” said James Hoffa, Teamsters president. The current contract expires July 31. In 1997, a 15-day strike resulted when negotiations were not concluded by the deadline.
The Teamsters say the move already has proven effective. Following the announcement that the union was calling a strike authorization vote, the union says, negotiators achieved significant progress on a number of supplemental agreements that had previously been stalled.
Last month, the Teamsters approved a dues increase to finance a dedicated strike fund that will increase members’ strike benefits from $55 per week to 10 times the worker’s hourly wage per week.