Slow Delivery on Strike Deal

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WASHINGTON: The marathon strike talks between UPS and the Teamsters have resumed, with the union's leader Ron Carey at the table. And despite the fact that Carey issued a bulletin preparing members for more strike action, there is cause for optimism. While UPS says its formal position has not moved, the company has shown a willingness to compromise.

Correspondents on the scene feel the two sides are nudging closer to a deal. "I think we're witnessing two battle-weary opponents," said TIME Washington correspondent Bruce Van Voorst. UPS head James Kelly signaled concessions on the pension issue yesterday, and 16 hours of talks at the Washington Hyatt hotel plus a resumption early today suggests progress. But while pensions and part-time workers remain an issue, don't expect the parcels to start flying again any time soon.