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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 http://www.airportspotting.com/worlds-largest-airlines dated December 2017. 

UPS CAUGHT FLAT-FOOTED BY E-COMMERCE; PILOTS TO SURVEY SHIPPERS TO DETERMINE IMPACT


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 Public.us, 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.

UPS PILOTS RATIFY NEW CONTRACT


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.

UPS, PILOTS REACH TENTATIVE AGREEMENT ON NEW LABOR CONTRACT

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 UPS.com and its corporate blog can be found at blog.ups.com. To get UPS news direct, visit pressroom.ups.com/RSS.

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.