PLANTATION, Fla.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--On May 1, DHL Express U.S. employees represented by the International Brotherhood of Teamsters voted to ratify a new, historic national labor agreement between the Teamsters and DHL. The national agreements approval, following three weeks of voting among the affected employees groups, puts in place a five-year deal between the express package delivery company and the Union that represents the vast majority of its employees who handle customer shipments.

The new national collective bargaining agreement applies to practically all DHLs unionized operations nationwide. The deal provides for increased operational flexibility that allows DHL to enhance labor resources management and improves its competitive position. It also provides for annual wage and benefit increases for DHLs Teamster-represented workforce.

The agreement is good for both parties and our continuing commitment to serve the U.S. market with great service performance, said Hans Hickler, CEO, DHL Express, U.S.A. It provides DHL Express employees with improved wages and benefits and it provides the company with the flexibility it needs to ensure DHL customers continue to receive the highest level of customer service they deserve.

The agreement, covering approximately 10,000 DHL employees, also signifies a new chapter in the relationship between DHL and the Teamsters, which has steadily evolved since DHL acquired Airborne, Inc., in 2003. It is my hope that this new national labor agreement will provide a great relationship-building opportunity for DHL and the Teamsters, added Hickler. We experienced a new spirit of openness and cooperation between the companys management and the Teamsters leadership to arrive at an agreement that we believe is in the best interests of all parties involved.

About DHL

DHL is the global market leader of the international express and logistics industry, specializing in providing innovative and customized solutions from a single source.

DHL offers expertise in express, air and ocean freight, overland transport, contract logistic solutions as well as international mail services, combined with worldwide coverage and an in-depth understanding of local markets. DHL's international network links more than 225 countries and territories worldwide. Some 300,000 employees, including more than 40,000 employees in the U.S., are dedicated to providing fast and reliable services that exceed customers' expectations.

Founded in San Francisco in 1969, DHL is a Deutsche Post World Net brand. The group generated revenues of more than 63 billion euros (more than $93 billion) in 2007.