UPS, TEAMSTERS TAKE NEW LOOK AT SUPPLEMENTAL AGREEMENTS

UPS, TEAMSTERS TAKE NEW LOOK AT SUPPLEMENTAL AGREEMENTS

Teamsters union leaders, faced with another battle with United Parcel Service Inc. for a new labor contract, said it is possible that the two sides could have a signed labor pact by Dec. 1.

Mario F. Perrucci, who heads the Teamsters-UPS negotiating committee, said UPS and union leaderships could decide by today on how to address the supplemental agreements that caused the national contract to fail in voting tallied last weekend.Following a tentative agreement between union and UPS management Sept. 27, the union's 165,000 member rank-and-file ratified a new four-year labor contract by a more than 2-to-1 margin. But six of 16 regional supplemental agreements failed to pass, prompting the Teamsters union to assert that the national contract was not in effect.

"We're now identifying where some of the problems are," Mr. Perrucci said in a telephone interview from the annual UPS National Grievance Panel hearings in Palm Springs, Calif.

Since top officials of both UPS and the union are present at the grievance hearings, he said it would be relatively easy to conduct discussions about the failed contract.

Ken Sternad, a UPS spokesman, declined to give details of how the company planned to iron out their differences. But "obviously, we want to do it as quickly as possible," he said.

Mr. Perrucci held open the possibility of job actions if the union and UPS could not reach a timely agreement.