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UPS Pilots See COVID Disruption Potential

Comments Echo CEO's Concern of 'Disruption' With Spike
Release Date: 10/29/2020 3:26:10 PM

LOUISVILLE, KY October 29, 2020 – The President of the union representing UPS airline pilots has said he agrees with UPS CEO Carol Tomé concern that a spike in COVID-19 cases among the pilots has the potential to disrupt the Company's operations.

In comments made to investors yesterday, Tomé said that “there is a big watch out” with cases spiking that could lead to a disruption in UPS operations should the increase impact the Company’s pilots. “We’re just watching this very, very closely,” she added.

Robert Travis, a UPS A300 Captain and President of the Independent Pilots Association (“IPA”) wrote Tomé today (click here to read letter) confirming that the UPS pilot group is “indeed experiencing a significant increase in the number of pilots testing positive for the virus.”

Travis outlined three steps the IPA is recommending to avoid operational disruptions, and to enhance the health and safety of the pilot group.

In his letter, Travis called for greatly expanded pilot access to testing (both before and after flight assignments), greatly improved pilot contact tracing efforts by UPS, and called on UPS to come to the assistance of crewmembers testing positive for COVID abroad in order to expedite their safe return home via specialized medical evacuation flights, if necessary.

Travis said that the recommendations have been made to lower levels of UPS management, but that they “seem to be languishing under excessive study followed by inaction.”

Travis called on Tomé to personally intervene.

“UPS pilots daily move a significant portion of commerce on which the US and world economy depends,” wrote Travis. “When there is a vaccine, it will be those same pilots that form an important link in the logistical chain to deliver the vaccine. It is therefore critically important, as you (Tomé) implied yesterday, that the pilot group be kept safe and healthy,” Travis said.

The IPA is the collective bargaining unit representing the more than 3,000 professional pilots who fly for United Parcel Service, the world's largest transportation company. The IPA is headquartered in Louisville, Kentucky.

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UPS PILOTS RATIFY TWO-YEAR CONTRACT EXTENSION


Release Date: 3/31/2020 10:58:29 AM

LOUISVILLE, KY March 31, 2020 – UPS pilots, represented by the Independent Pilots Association, today overwhelmingly ratified a new two-year contract extension. The contract ratified with 98.86 percent of the vote, with 95.2 percent of the eligible members casting ballots.

The new collective bargaining agreement extends the current contract by two years with an amendable date of September 1, 2023.

“This contract extension provides stability for both UPS and our pilots as we jointly face unprecedented times in our industry” said Captain Robert Travis, President of the Independent Pilots Association.

“I appreciate the time our membership has taken to ensure their voices are heard on this new contract extension. The continued dedication and professionalism of our pilot group is an important factor in helping UPS keep the global supply chain moving,” Travis added.

The IPA is the collective bargaining unit representing the more than 2,900 professional pilots who fly for United Parcel Service, the world's largest transportation company. The IPA is headquartered in Louisville, Kentucky.

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UPS, PILOTS REACH TENTATIVE AGREEMENT ON TWO-YEAR CONTRACT EXTENSION


LOUISVILLE, KY February 10, 2020 – The Independent Pilots Association (IPA) and UPS Airlines (NYSE:UPS) today announced a tentative agreement on a new two-year contract extension.
Release Date: 2/10/2020 1:16:17 PM

LOUISVILLE, KY February 10, 2020 – The Independent Pilots Association (IPA) and UPS Airlines (NYSE:UPS) today announced a tentative agreement on a new two-year contract extension.

The short term agreement provides for contract improvements in compensation and retirement.  Specific details of the agreement will not be disclosed before the IPA presents the proposed contract to all UPS pilots.

"Over the next month we will present this tentative agreement for a two-year contract extension to our crewmembers with an unqualified recommendation for ratification," said IPA President Captain Robert Travis.  "This tentative agreement is unanimously approved and endorsed by the five-pilot IPA Executive Board."

The contract must be ratified by a majority of UPS's pilots. The vote by the pilots will be completed on March 31.  If ratified, the new agreement will extend the IPA's contract with UPS to September 1, 2023.

The IPA is the collective bargaining unit representing the more than 2,900 professional pilots who fly for United Parcel Service, the world's largest transportation company. The IPA is headquartered in Louisville, Kentucky.

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