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UPS workers may go on strike: What it would mean for you and your packages

The last time UPS workers went on strike in 1997, FedEx and the postal service scrambled to pick up the slack as the nation’s largest package delivery company slowed to a near standstill. Small businesses struggled to restock their shelves and hospitals had a hard time securing supplies, according to New York Times reporting at the time.

Consumers could face that and more if the Teamsters union and management cannot reach a new contract deal by the end of the month.

If a strike does occur, “it will be very disruptive,” said Jason Miller, interim chairperson for the Department of Supply Chain Management at Michigan State University. “The consumer is going to be much more affected getting just everyday products that we buy online.”

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