Those Were the Days

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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.