Sun, Jul 02, 2006
The Independent Pilots
Association (IPA) and UPS Airlines have concluded a tentative
agreement on a new labor contract.
The agreement provides for wage and pension improvements and a
variety of changes to work rules. It also enables the company to
reward its pilots in a responsible manner, maintaining the
flexibility needed to serve customers and expand the business while
Specific details of the accord will not be disclosed before the
IPA presents the tentative contract to all UPS pilots. The contract
must be ratified by a majority of UPS's 2,700 pilots. If ratified,
the contract would not become amendable until the end of 2011.
According to the IPA, a vote by the pilots probably will be
completed by mid-September.
"This tentative agreement has been unanimously approved and
endorsed by both the IPA Executive Board and its pilot negotiating
committee and is one we will present to our membership for
ratification without hesitation," said IPA President Tom
"It includes immediate improvements to pay as well as percentage
increases in future years while also improving pension benefits and
"We have negotiated a fair and balanced contract that's good for
our pilots and good for the company," said John Beystehner, UPS's
chief operating officer and president of UPS Airlines. "We are
pleased the IPA leadership team fully endorses the agreement."
Both Nicholson and
Beystehner said they "commend the National Mediation Board (NMB)
for its guidance during negotiations and especially the expertise
provided by Linda Puchala, our primary mediator. The NMB has been
instrumental in getting us to this point and provided the resources
we needed, including the services of John Livingood, who also
participated as a mediator."
UPS Airlines is the world's ninth largest airline.
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