Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Fedex Stalemate May Hurt Holiday Mailers

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Fedex Stalemate May Hurt Holiday Mailers

Article excerpt

There may be some bad news for last-minute Christmas shoppers who have come to rely on overnight delivery services to get their gifts under the tree on time.

If the pilot union slowdown against Federal Express Corp. begins to have an impact on holiday deliveries, its competitors said Monday they probably wouldn't be able to pick up the slack. FedEx is by far the largest overnight package delivery service, with nearly half the national market.

Contract negotiations between

FedEx and the Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA) broke down early Saturday and the union immediately ordered its members to refuse overtime flights in an effort to disrupt service during the heavy Christmas season.

FedEx normally counts on the overtime work to guarantee overnight deliveries during the holiday rush.

FedEx officials said they expect no disruption in service. FedEx competitors such as United Parcel Service and Airborne Express said they had little extra capacity to handle any large spillover. …

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