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Sep. 1--For a beleaguered American labor movement, the strike victory last month by the International Brotherhood of Teamsters at United Parcel Service was a rare blast of hope.
Union leaders reveled in the company's decision not to hire replacement workers to do the jobs of 185,000 UPS employees who walked out for 15 days.
They cheered the fact most employees regained their jobs with fresh pay raises.
And they glowed in the results of polls that showed Americans overwhelmingly sided with strikers tired of part-time jobs at UPS that don't pay for full-time household bills.
Dawn of a bright new beginning for organized labor?
"The UPS strike just added momentum," offered Tom Rankin, president of the California Labor Federation, the state's largest union organization with more than 1 million members. "It was certainly an important landmark, no question about that. But you have to view what the Teamsters did as part of a whole pattern that reflects a broader revitalization of …