ATLANTA, April 23, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- UPS (NYSE: UPS) announced today plans to hire 50,000 veterans bythe end of 2018. The total doubles the company's original five-yearhiring pledge made last year as part of the Obama Administration'sJoining Forces initiative. In 2013, UPS hired 13,000 veterans, anincrease of more than 30 percent from the prior year. Additionally, UPS will increase its employee volunteer servicehours committed to veterans and Veteran Service Organizations(VSOs). Employees will now contribute 50,000 service hours aspart of the expanded pledge announced at an employment summit andcareer forum focusing on the aviation industry at Fort Campbell,Ky., attended by First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden. UPSemployees already have logged more than 18,000 volunteer hoursdirectly to veterans and VSOs. "UPS made great progress in our first year as part of theJoining Forces initiative that we believe that we could accept thechallenge to increase our commitment," said John McDevitt, seniorvice president, human resources and labor relations. "We arehonored to welcome these Americans into our company and have seenfirsthand the immense value they bring to UPS because of theirskills and experience." UPS serves as an advisor to the military as a part of thenational initiative to increase access to civilian credentialing,certifications and apprenticeships for service members in order tosimplify the transition into the civilian work force. The programis designed to provide better educational, empowerment and wellnessopportunities for veterans and their families. UPS's delivery driver position is certified in the Department ofLabor's Registered Apprenticeship Program which enables eligiblemilitary veterans to draw G.I. Bill funds while being trained as aUPS driver. There are plans to seek approvals for other UPSpositions in IT, operations and automotive. More details onhow to apply for UPS's program will be released in the future.
Military veterans hired to-date at UPS have filled key positionsacross operations, management, logistics, automotive and aircraftmaintenance as well as pilots, drivers and The UPSStore ® franchise owners.UPS has increased the number of veterans hired annually by 73percent, since it began its formal veterans hiring program in 2011.Currently the company employs nearly 24,000 veterans, representing7.5 percent of the company's U.S. domestic workforce. Applicants can find information on opportunities and resources onthe military tab at www.upsjobs.com, and many visit withUPS recruiters at veterans' job fairs. In addition to UPS corporate initiatives supporting veterans,The UPS Store continues to be a part of the International FranchiseAssociation's VetFran ®program that helps returningservice members access franchise opportunities through training,financial assistance and industry support. To date, more than 150veterans have opened The UPS Store franchises through theVetFran ® program. Veterans currently operate more than280 centers in the network. Information can be found at www.theupsstorefranchise.com/veteran-franchise-opportunities. ### About UPS UPS (NYSE:UPS) is a global leader in logistics, offering a broadrange of solutions for the transportation of packages and freight,including innovative delivery options for the global consumermarket; the facilitation of international trade, and the deploymentof advanced technology to more efficiently manage the world ofbusiness. Headquartered in Atlanta, UPS serves more than 220countries and territories worldwide. The company can be foundon the Web at ups.com ® and its corporate blog can befound at blog.ups.com. To get UPS news direct, visitpressroom.ups.com/RSS. About The UPS Store With nearly 4,800 locations in the U.S., Puerto Rico and Canada,The UPS Store network comprises the world's largest franchisesystem of retail shipping, postal, print and business servicecenters. The UPS Store locations are independently owned andoperated by licensed franchisees of The UPS Store, Inc., asubsidiary of UPS (NYSE: UPS). In Canada, locations areindependently owned and operated by licensed franchisees of masterlicensee MBEC Communications, L.P. Services, pricing andhours of operation may vary by location. For additional informationon The UPS Store, visit www.theupsstore.com. For information onfranchise opportunities for opening a The UPS Store location, visit www.theupsstorefranchise.com.
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