A group of unionized DHL Express workers began a strike on Thursday.

As part of the labor action, DHL Express saw more than 1,100 of its ramp and tug workers at Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport involved in the work stoppage at that location. This airport serves as a global hub for the package delivery company.

Those who went on strike are unionized under the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, which said in a press release that its DHL members number more than 6,000 across the country.

The headquarters of Deutsche Post AG, the world's largest global delivery company, is pictured on March 14, 2006, in Bonn, Germany. Deutsche Post, by launching its new “First Choice” initiative, made a profit of €3.76 billion in 2005, an increase (Ralph Orlowski/Getty Images/Getty Images)

With the strike, the Teamsters said DHL Express workers intended to “protest unfair labor practices and demand that the company negotiate a fair contract.” Negotiations between the ramp and tug workers, who are seeking “better wages and working conditions,” and the company began over the summer, according to another Teamsters press release.


“The company forced this work stoppage, but DHL has the opportunity to right this wrong by respecting our members and establishing a strong contract,” said Local 100 President Bill Davis in a press release, calling on the company to “give workers their fair share.”

FOX Business has reached out to the Teamsters for additional comment on the strike.


Cargo planes are unloaded overnight at the DHL Worldwide Express hub at Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport in Hebron, Kentucky, on Friday, August 1, 2014. Three of the largest delivery companies, including DHL Worldwid (Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg via Getty Images/Getty Images)

Unionized DHL workers accused the company of “pushing[ing] insulting demands that disrespect workers and do not address unfair labor practices that include retaliation against pro-union workers.” The National Labor Relations Board has received several complaints filed by the Teamsters against DHL, according to the union.

Thursday's strike came after the option to participate received approval from unionized DHL workers earlier in the week.


“DHL Express remains committed to working with the US Teamsters and agreeing to a contract for the portion of CVG employees they represent,” the company said in a statement to FOX Business. “While there is no agreed timeframe for these contract negotiations, we are committed to working in good faith in the December negotiation sessions and have offered new negotiation dates in January to conclude this matter.”

The company said the “vast majority” of its CVG-based workers worked on Thursday. He also said that the Teamsters, whom he accused of trying to “influence” and “pressure” the company into “unreasonable contractual terms” through the strike, “expanded their picket lines to other DHL Express locations in the United States” on Friday -Friday, something I had anticipated as a possibility.

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DHL Express has implemented “contingency plans” to “ensure that our customers receive the usual high level of service they are accustomed to from DHL Express at this critical time of year for their businesses,” according to its statement to FOX Business . The company does not expect any significant service disruptions.

The company has taken steps including transferring flights and volumes from CVG to other DHL locations and “deploying replacement personnel to other locations,” according to DHL Express.


In addition to the global hub in Cincinnati, DHL Express has other facilities in the US, including smaller hubs in Atlanta and Miami.

The Germany-based DHL Group, of which DHL Express is a part, employs several hundred thousand people around the world.



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