August 7, 2009

UPS denies lobbying is dirty

U.S. shipping giant United Parcel Service said accusations it was forcing employees to write lobbying letters to lawmakers was ridiculous.

At stake is federal legislation that would force rival shipper FedEx to treat its air express workers on the same terms as UPS.

Currently, FedEx enjoys the status of an airline, which includes union restrictions that do not apply to UPS, The Washington Post reported Friday.

UPS admitted it supplied pens, paper and stamps and time to employees to write letters. But company Malcolm Berkley said any allegations, that the letters were not voluntary are ridiculous.

The feud, meanwhile, is not cheap. Since June, FedEx has spent about $7 million on lobbying, while UPS has spent about $3 million, the newspaper said.