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Pilot Unions Rally Behind American Aviation Workers On Flag Day

Release Date: 6/14/2018

Seven Unions and One Trade Association, Representing Nearly 100,000 Pilots Combined, Urge the Senate to Take Action to Prevent Flag-of-Convenience Schemes in the U.S.

Today, on Flag Day, the unions representing the pilots of almost 50 commercial airlines joined together to express their support for H.R. 2150 — federal legislation that would prevent foreign threats to American aviation jobs.

The language of H.R. 2150, the Flags of Convenience Don’t Fly Here Act, was included in the Federal Aviation Administration Reauthorization Act of 2018, which overwhelmingly passed the U.S. House of Representatives last April by a vote of 393-13. The U.S. Senate has a chance to include this legislation in its version of the FAA Reauthorization Act. A Senate vote is expected this summer.

"Flag-of-convenience business models base different operations around the globe in an attempt to avoid taxes, labor laws, and safety regulations," said Captain Tim Canoll, president of the Air Line Pilots Association. "This kind of business, if approved, would seriously disadvantage U.S. airlines and American workers."

"On Flag Day, pilots are standing up for the American flag and protecting the aviation jobs that are under threat unless the U.S. Senate takes urgent action," said Captain Dan Carey, president of the Allied Pilots Association. "Flag-of-convenience schemes by foreign carriers threaten to decimate our nation’s aviation industry just as they once did to U.S. maritime shipping."

"The U.S. House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed the Federal Aviation Reauthorization bill with H.R. 2150 intact, indicating that there is broad bipartisan support for legislation that protects American workers," said Captain Robert Travis, president of the Independent Pilots Association. "We thank members of Congress who have stood up for hard-working American pilots, and urge the Senate to join the House and pass a FAA reauthorization bill that includes H.R. 2150."

"If flag-of-convenience schemes are allowed to expand domestically, it will result in fewer jobs at lower wages, less experienced pilots, and lower safety standards," said First Officer Pedro Leroux, president of the NetJets Association of Shared Aircraft Pilots. "It is vital that members of the Senate stand up for hard-working American pilots and flight crew members."

"The U.S. airline industry supports over 10 million jobs across the United States, and directly employs nearly 700,000 Americans," said Captain Jon Weaks, president of the Southwest Airlines Pilots Association. "H.R. 2150 would prevent a race to the bottom in our industry and protect both U.S. aviation jobs and passenger safety."

H.R. 2150 would prohibit the Department of Transportation from issuing a permit to a foreign airline unless DOT determines that it is not establishing itself in a particular country just to avoid regulations — a so-called "flag of convenience" scheme that allows companies to skirt international labor standards, outsource cheap labor from low-wage countries, and avoid safety regulations. The bill would also require DOT to ensure that any new foreign air carrier permits issued to European airlines are consistent with the fair labor standards and fair competition requirements of the U.S.-EU-Norway-Iceland Air Transport Agreement.


About the Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA):
Founded in 1931, ALPA is the world’s largest pilot union, representing more than 60,000 pilots at 34 airlines in the United States and Canada. For more information, visit

About the Allied Pilot Association (APA):
Headquartered in Fort Worth, Texas, APA serves as the certified collective bargaining agent for the 15,000 professional pilots who fly for American Airlines. APA was founded in 1963 and is the largest independent pilots’ union in the world. APA provides a broad range of representation services for its members and devotes more than 20 percent of its dues income to support aviation safety. For more information, visit

About the Coalition of Airline Pilots Associations (CAPA):
The Coalition of Airline Pilots Associations is a trade association representing more than 30,000 professional passenger and all-cargo pilots at carriers including American Airlines, UPS Airlines, ABX Air, Horizon Airlines, Southern Air, Silver Airways, Allegiant Air, Miami Air, Cape Air, Omni Air, Atlas Air, and Republic Airline. For more information, visit

About the Independent Pilots Association (IPA):
The IPA is the collective bargaining unit representing the more than 2,500 professional pilots who fly for United Parcel Service, the world’s largest transportation company. The IPA is headquartered in Louisville, Kentucky. For more information, visit

About the NetJets Association of Shared Aircraft Pilots (NJASAP):
Founded in 2008 as an independent labor advocate, the NetJets Association of Shared Aircraft Pilots (NJASAP) represents the professional interests of the 2,700-plus pilots who fly in the service of NetJets Aviation, Inc. For more information, visit

About the Southwest Airline Pilots Association (SWAPA):
Headquartered in Dallas, Texas, the Southwest Airlines Pilots Association (SWAPA) is a non-profit employee organization and the sole bargaining unit for the more than 9,400 pilots of Southwest Airlines. SWAPA, now in its 40th year, works to provide a secure and rewarding career for Southwest pilots and their families through negotiating contracts, defending contractual rights, and actively promoting professionalism and safety. For more information, visit

About Teamsters Local 1224:
The Airline Professionals Association, Teamsters Local 1224, represents pilots and flight crewmembers from 10 airlines operating across the country. For more information, visit

About Teamsters Local 357:
Teamsters Local 357 provides representation, assistance, and security for more than 2,100 flightdeck crewmembers employed by Republic Airline. For more information, visit

Cargo Airlines Respond to FAA Reauthorization Section 744 Language

Release Date: 4/18/2018

MEMPHIS, Tenn.—The cargo pilots of Air Line Pilots Association, Int’l, the Independent Pilots Association, and the International Brotherhood of Teamsters Airline Division issued the following statement today concerning the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018 (H.R. 4) introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives on Friday.

"While we applaud Members of Congress on their efforts regarding the release of the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018, we are deeply concerned with the language contained in Section 744—a provision that would introduce significant aviation safety and security risks for cargo aircraft. Specifically, this provision establishes a research and development program in support of single-piloted cargo aircraft assisted with remote piloting and computer piloting.

"The professional cargo pilots of our collective airlines strongly oppose Section 744 and implore Congress to reject this provision without delay. By endorsing language that promotes single-operator commercial cargo aircraft, Congress will undermine years of safety and security measures currently in place and put lives at risk.

"The desire by some in the industry to pursue single-piloted or autonomously piloted cargo aircraft seriously places the American public and the flight crews of these aircraft in a tenuous position. For many years, aviation has been the safest form of transportation in the United States. This is by no means an accident; it is the result of a strong regulatory framework built over time, paired with an ongoing airline system safety culture that is one of the most ambitious in our nation’s history. Attempts to roll back safety regulations in such a way are counterproductive, and unacceptable to the common good. With the increasing frequency and severity of reports regarding computer hacking, accidents in current military and civilian drone operations, and mounting reports of autonomous vehicle accidents, we think any serious consideration of this technology is premature at best."

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Independent Pilots Association Advisory: Southwest 1380 is NOT the first U.S. airline fatality since 2009; UPS 1354 in 2013

Release Date: 4/18/2018 1:54:39 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky., April 18, 2018 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The death resulting from an engine failure on Southwest Flt. 1380 yesterday is, sadly, not the first casualty at a U.S. airline since Colgan Air Flt. 3407 in 2009. Tragically, on August 14, 2013, United Parcel Service Flt. 1354 crashed on approach to Birmingham-Shuttleworth International Airport, resulting in the deaths of two crewmembers, Captain Cerea Beal and First Officer Shanda Fanning.

UPS Airlines is the world's largest airline by destinations served at 720.  The next closest is FedEx with 375 destinations served.  Data provided by dated December 2017. 


Release Date: 4/11/2018

LOUISVILLE, KY (April 11, 2018) - UPS pilots, represented by the Independent Pilots Association (IPA), are concerned that UPS's management has been caught flat-footed by surging e-commerce volume and is now failing to take steps necessary to meet customer demand.

"Our pilots see evidence of UPS failing to meet its customer service commitments on a daily basis," said Capt. Robert Travis, President of the IPA. The IPA announced today that it has commissioned a professional survey of major shippers to examine UPS service reliability, both domestic and international.

"UPS has turned to costly and less reliable aircraft subcontracting with outside carriers in a desperation move to improve service. From our perspective, it is not working," said Travis.

While an industry arbitrator will hear the Association's claim that the outsourcing violates its labor agreement with UPS, Travis said customer unrest will likely be the driver in moving the company to add aircraft more quickly.

"While UPS acknowledges the immediate need for more airplanes, they have so far been unable to make it happen leaving the airline capacity-hobbled." Travis added that previously announced aircraft orders, while a step in the right direction, do not address pressing short or medium-term UPS needs.

"How is the UPS airplane shortage impacting UPS customers? That is the key question our survey will seek to answer," Travis added.

The IPA commissioned survey will be conducted by the professional polling firm AmericanPublic. The survey will reach out to contract transportation decision-makers at companies that ship large volumes. In addition to looking at UPS's on time performance it will also compare and contrast UPS to FDX. The survey will also consider the impact of emerging transportation competitors such as Amazon. American, Inc. is a Washington, DC-based, public opinion research firm with a strong background in reputation assessment and a communications expertise in public policy and political campaign environments.

The IPA represents the 2,800 pilots who fly for UPS worldwide.


Release Date: 8/31/2016 11:30:50 AM

LOUISVILLE, KY August 31, 2016 – UPS pilots, represented by the Independent Pilots Association, today ratified a new five-year labor agreement.

The contract ratified with more than 91 percent of the vote, with more than 98 percent of the eligible members casting ballots.

The collective bargaining agreement, which goes into effect tomorrow, covers the more than 2,500 union pilots at UPS Airlines.  The new labor agreement becomes amendable on Sept. 1, 2021.

Key components of the agreement include:

  • An immediate pay increase of 14.65% and 3% annual wage increases over the life of the contract, for a compounded increase of 29.04%
  • A $60,000 signing bonus for Captains, and a $40,000 signing bonus for First Officers
  • A 40% increase to the defined benefit pension plan
  • Crew rest enhancements, including more favorable duty period limits for overnight and international flights; additional sleep facilities at major gateways; and sleep modules in UPS B767 aircraft
  • A commitment by UPS to work with the IPA in applying the latest in fatigue science to pilot scheduling

Important gains were made in all areas of the contract to include improvements in the critical area of pilot scheduling,” said IPA President Robert Travis. Referring to the new agreement’s provisions to apply fatigue science to current UPS scheduling practices, Travis said that “time will tell whether or not UPS is willing to embrace changes that could lead to a safer operation.”

Travis stated that the pilot union will continue to advocate for cargo’s inclusion into duty and rest rules now applicable only to passenger flying. “Our advocacy for one level of aviation safety continues,” he added.

The IPA is the collective bargaining unit representing the more than 2,500 professional pilots who fly for United Parcel Service, the world's largest transportation company. The IPA is headquartered in Louisville, Kentucky.


Following Ratification Process, Would Go into Effect Sep 1, 2016
Release Date: 6/30/2016 12:35:00 PM

LOUISVILLE, KY June 30, 2016 – The Independent Pilots Association (IPA) and UPS Airlines

(NYSE:UPS) today announced a tentative agreement on a new five-year labor contract. The comprehensive agreement provides for improvements across all sections of the contract. Specific details of the agreement will not be disclosed before the IPA presents the proposed contract to all UPS pilots.

The contract must be ratified by a majority of UPS’s 2,600 pilots. The vote by the pilots will be completed on Aug. 31.  If ratified, the new contract will become effective on Sep. 1, 2016, and become amendable on Sep. 1, 2021.

“This tentative agreement has been unanimously approved and endorsed by both the IPA Executive Board and our Negotiating Committee.  Over the next month we will present it to our members with an unqualified recommendation for ratification,” said IPA President Captain Robert Travis. “This is an excellent offer and we are pleased to have reached this agreement,” said Brendan Canavan, UPS Airlines president. “This contract rewards our crewmembers for their outstanding contributions and contains provisions that protect UPS’s ability to deliver competitive service to our global customers.”

The tentative agreement was signed yesterday by the IPA and UPS in the presence of Nicholas Geale, Chairman of the National Mediation Board (NMB). The parties entered mediation in March 2014. Both Travis and Canavan said they “commend the NMB for its guidance and resources over the last 27 months and thank our mediator, Gerry McGuckin, for his oversight and efforts.”

About UPS

UPS (NYSE:UPS) is a global leader in logistics, offering a broad range of solutions including the transportation of packages and freight; the facilitation of international trade, and the deployment of advanced technology to more efficiently manage the world of business. Headquartered in Atlanta, UPS serves more than 220 countries and territories worldwide. The company can be found on the Web at and its corporate blog can be found at To get UPS news direct, visit

About the Independent Pilots Association

The IPA is the collective bargaining unit representing the more than 2,600 professional pilots who fly for United Parcel Service, the world's largest transportation company. The IPA is headquartered in Louisville, Kentucky.