WASHINGTON — The Teamsters Union and United Parcel Service have reached a contract agreement that will give 110,000 UPS workers a 30-cent-an-hour salary increase and bonuses in each of the three years of the contract, the union announced Friday.
But a dissident Teamsters group, Teamsters for a Democratic Union, immediately raised questions about the ratification vote, and a spokesman said the group has asked its attorneys to look into possible legal action aimed at forcing another vote or sending the contract back to the bargaining table.
David Pratt, a spokesman for the Detroit-based dissidents, said a majority of UPS workers--36,093--actually voted against the new contract, while 35,036 workers voted for it. But Pratt said the Teamsters invoked a provision in their constitution that requires a two-thirds majority of those voting to reject a contract offer.
The Teamsters issued a statement announcing the new contract, but the statement did not mention the vote count.
However, Ken Sternad, a spokesman for UPS in Greenwich, Conn., confirmed the vote totals given by Pratt. His source, he said, was the union.