ATLANTA: Maybe it was the joy of lugging wrapped-up Stair Masters up five flights of stairs. Or the thrill of dressing like a brown paper package. Whatever the reason, if you have fond memories of your days as a part-time worker for United Parcel Service, the Big Brown wants to hear from you — now.
Its corporate image tattered and torn by three days of high-voltage clashes with striking Teamster workers, UPS hopes to gain leverage at today's negotiations by wheeling out a battery of alums eager to tell the media about their "favorable UPS experience."
But striking Teamsters are not so easily swayed. For every wide-eyed college student who worked a happy summer at UPS, there are hundreds of working class Joes forced to scrimp out a full-time living from a part-time paycheck.