UPS strike drags onAugust 12, 1997
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WASHINGTON (CNN) -- No new talks were planned Tuesday between the United Parcel Service and striking Teamsters, though Labor Secretary Alexis Herman expressed optimism she could get both sides back into negotiations.
Herman, who met separately with both sides Monday, briefed President Clinton on the UPS strike as the two flew to St. Louis for a presidential speech, the White House said."They both recognize there is much at stake for the workers, for the company and for the American people," Herman told reporters after arriving in St. Louis. "So when you put it all together, I have to believe that there is more of a willingness to at least seek some kind of resolution."
The striking Teamsters Union and UPS scheduled separate Washington news conferences Tuesday as the nine-day-old strike continued with no end in sight.
Herman described the conversations she had with the two sides Monday as "candid, wide-ranging and useful."
"I made it clear that everyone involved must show greater flexibility and willingness to compromise," Herman said.
Teamsters President Ron Carey told reporters after his meeting with Herman that he was ready to go back to the bargaining table, but only for serious negotiations.
UPS negotiator Dave Murray said the firm was not changing its contract offer despite Herman's calls for flexibility.
Federally mediated talks broke off Saturday. Despite that, UPS driver Hank Marinelli -- who has worked for the company for 39 years -- was upbeat about his situation.
On a picket line in New York City, Marinelli told CNN he works "for a very good company" and belongs to "a very good union."
Correspondents Carl Rochelle and Gary Tuchman contributed to this report.
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