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UPS workers expected to vote down latest contract

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- After nearly a year of negotiations, local UPS workers still aren't happy with the company's contract offer. And by Wednesday, they're prepared to vote no, yet again.

Votes are due by October 9, as UPS workers continue to press the company on health care, rules surrounding harassment, and discipline guidelines.

For 20 years, James Deweese did everything from sorting to delivering at UPS. "You go out and do 100-200 stops, then peak season you do 300 stops a day," he said.

Now, as representative for the union that represents around 10,000 UPS workers in Louisville, he says he 's urging members to vote no--yet again--on a regional contract offer. "They haven't been serious with us at all throughout this negotiation," he said.

The international Teamsters union--which represents nearly 250,000 UPS workers across the country-- already approved a national contract earlier this year.

But that contract can't take effect until local unions--like the one in Louisville--approve regional agreements.

Deweese says Local 89's main problem with the current contract has to do with healthcare--and it's increasing cost. "When you're a part time worker, and you're only working three hours a day, every dollar counts," he said.

Representative with the international union Leigh Strope told WDRB's Courtney Godfrey, that the healthcare plan is a good one. "The insurance plan is a great one," she said. "It's a quality healthcare plan."

While Mike Mangeot from UPS Worldport told WDRB in a statement: "UPS believes the regional contract offer that is up for vote is a good one, and we have encouraged our employees to vote yes."

The ongoing back and forth may be affecting business as well. During the last quarterly earnings call, Chief Executive Scott David said it may have played a role in less than expected volume growth. "Some opportunities were missed due to labor negotiations," he said.

And with holiday shipping season just around the corner, some national analysts have expressed concern.

But UPS tells WDRB, with indefinite contract extension in place, it expects a productive peak season despite a lack of agreement.

Local 89 expects its members to vote no Wednesday. At that time, they said work will continue, and they will return to the negotiating table.

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