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18 - CAPE GAZETYE, Friday, August 15 - August 21, 1997 UPS strike Continued from page 17 member reported that the effect on his business is dramatic and easy to see in the difference in time and money. Where delivery to a cus- tomer previously took one day and $5, it now takes three days and $33. Retailers report that their fall merchandise is sitting some- where waiting delivery. Federal Express is no longer providing pick-ups, and can no longer guar- antee overnight delivery. "Another factor is that we do not have as much over-the-road service from other carriers as larg- er urban areas," the chamber di- rector said. "Where other delivery services make deliveries daily in cities, we might be scheduled for only twice a week." Everhardt said that a routine function of the chamber of com- merce illustrates how strike ef- fects ripple through the communi- ty. She said the 200 T-shirts that the chamber orders and then pro- vides to area radio stations for give-aways haven't even made it to step one. "I order them from the printer who then orders them from the dealer and prints them for us. Then I distribute them to radio stations. Well, the printer can't get them fi'om the wholesaler, so they can't be printed, so there aren't any to go to the radio stations, so they can't run their promotion," she said. "There are so many things that are inter-connected and Pile driving Continued from page 16 erick couldn't be at the meeting, but he said that Dewey Beach sup- ports a limited ban for the few coastal pockets which do not al- ready have limits. He called the ordinance for the whole coastal zone too broad and said it should have been amended. But contractors spoke strongly against the measure, some even saying that banning hammers and plumbers might be next. Karl Gude said the amendment meant discrimination against working men. "If you regulate pile driving, you could put me out of business for the summer." "Where does it stop if we stop pile driving? We deserve the right to be able to make a living," Gude said. County Council president Dale Dukes said he has received three letters in opposition to the pro- posed ban on pile driving. "This is one more example of government getting into a busi- ness it doesn't have any business being in," according to Randy Burton of J.A. Moore Construc- tion. Dukes said that pile driving may be annoying, but he didn't support the ban. He wondered where restrictions would end and said that he had even had a telephone call from a resident wondering how to restrict a farmer's use of irrigation equip- ment because it was noisy and affected by the ability to gel deliv- eries; one thing has an impact on everything else." Everhardt said that an informal poll of chamber members showed almost across the board support for President Clinton to intervene in the strike since so much of the gross national product is affected. Meanwhile, as some area UPS workers carry picket signs, Gary Crutchfield and 10 other man- agers are sorting packages and riding the roads out of the Har- rington distribution center. Crutchfield, the UPS business manager in Harrington, said that the 10 managers behind the wheels of the big brown delivery trucks are delivering priority packages daily, and "pecking away at the volume" of other packages that are piling up at the center. "We are all hoping that something is resolved soon, but in the meantime, we are doing what we can," he said. "We are telling customers who are waiting for de- liveries that they can come in and sort through and find their pack- ages. And we are not accepting any shipments." Crutchfield said that UPS "ser- vice enhancements" such as next day delivery and priority ship- ments are going out. He said many businesses send payroll informa- tion via UPS, and those are given priority. Although many striking Harrington workers have called in to express their concern, he said none have offered to cross the picket line at this stage of the kept him awake at night. "By the way, the farm was there before they were," Dukes said. Cole called for the ordinance to be amended, so that it would im- game. "We are pretty positive here. We got the message that bothsides are going to meet again today, and that is encouraging," Crutchfield said. From the retailer's perspective, Gary Turtin is typical of many who are used to receiving daily shipments from UPS. The owner of two Dolphin Dreaming stores, he said some of his suppliers have already gone to different shippers. Then others who have already shipped are telling buyers to seek and find their merchandise. "Some have given me the track- ing number and told me to try and find the shipment," Turtin said. "UPS called and told me I have packages in Harrington, and I can come and pick them up. I might do that. How do you get to Har- rington?" The store owner pointed out that late end-of-season ship- ments could stick some store own- ers with left-over merchandise near the end of the season. Turtin's stores are open year- round, so he does not feel the pressure that some feel to get shipments on the shelf, but he does not want much more time to lapse before he takes delivery. He said somo retailers might be put in the position of canceling and re- fusing orders, which will affect the bottom line of wholesalers and distributors. "Some of my distrib- utors are mailing, some are using alternative carriers, and I may go up and pick up what's waiting at the Harrington UPS center," he said. I pact a smaller area and for a short- er time period. 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