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There will be no replay of a costly and damaging strike by UPS Teamsters of 20 years ago as the world’s largest small package company and its approximately 265,000 Teamsters have reached what UPS calls a “handshake agreement” on a five-year labor deal that could pave the way for Sunday deliveries. But the costly agreement – which bumps the typical hour wage of a small package driver to just over $40 and drives the per-mile long-haul driver’s rate to 84.4 cents a mile, well above the TL industry average of 55-to-65 cents a mile – can be expected to drive up shippers’ costs.

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