UPS Teamsters are voting in person this week on whether to call for a strike if the union believes that the company will not negotiate a fair contract before the five-year current contract expires on July 31.
The vote to authorize a strike will take place in local union halls, or UPS locations that are designated by the local.
The voting must be completed before June 16.
A vote yes does not lead to a strike. The union leaders are only authorized to call a walkout if they deem it necessary.
According to Teamsters for a Democratic Union (a dissident group), a yes vote gives a union more bargaining power, whereas a no vote will destroy their ability to get a fair contract, because the company feels there will be no resistance to a proposed contract.