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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.

UPS Pilots to Honor German Picket Lines at Cologne Bonn Airport

Release Date: 4/26/2016 3:00:00 PM

Louisville – Approximately 80 members of the Independent Pilots Association (UPS pilots) working in Cologne, Germany will honor the picket lines of ver.di at the Cologne Bonn airport. The strike is scheduled to last 24 hours beginning at midnight local Germany time tonight.

"Ver.di, which represents the ground staff at the Cologne Bonn airport, has asked the IPA to withhold our services as pilots during their 24-hour strike,” said IPA President, Captain Robert Travis.  “We will honor their strike and not cross the ver.di picket lines."

 It is estimated that the ver.di strike will impact about 60 UPS flights into and out of the Cologne Bonn airport.

"Last week we opened our strike center in anticipation of a potential strike of UPS by our pilots.  Now, less than a week later, we are operating the strike center in support of our German co-workers," said Travis.  "We will demonstrate our solidarity with our co-workers in Germany, and we are confident they will support us, should that time come."

Independent Pilots Association (UPS Pilots) Sees Negotiation "Crunch Time," Opens Strike Center

Release Date: 4/19/2016 8:20:32 AM

Louisville – Tuesday, April 19, 2016: With negotiations for a new pilot contract nearing a critical juncture, the Independent Pilots Association (IPA), representing the pilots who fly for United Parcel Service (UPS), is opening a Strike Operations Center (SOC) at its Louisville headquarters. The Strike Center will serve as the pilots' nerve
center in the event of a UPS pilot strike.

"After nearly five years of bargaining, which includes two years of concentrated federal mediation, it is now crunch time," said Captain Robert Travis, President of the IPA.

At the mediator’s direction, the Union presented its closing positions earlier this month. UPS is expected to do the same at the next bargaining session, scheduled for the week of April 25.

"Should the parties remain apart, the National Mediation Board (NMB) will have an evaluation to make," said Travis.  "For five years, UPS has thumbed its nose at the negotiation process. The law, even the Railway Labor Act, does not allow a party to indefinitely evade the law's requirement to make and maintain labor agreements."

Overseeing the talks, the NMB makes the determination when negotiations have reached an impasse. Once that determination is made, the federal agency has the authority to release the parties from mediation, which can result in a 30-day countdown to either a pilot strike or lockout.

"The IPA believes we are nearing the point where the mediation services of the NMB will be exhausted, and the possibility of an impasse, as defined by law, becomes a reality," said Travis.

Travis stressed that opening the strike center is not a rash decision by the Association or its pilots. "In October, our pilots deliberated and gave careful consideration to all options. Virtually every UPS pilot participated in a strike vote and 99% voted to give the Association's five-pilot Executive Board the authority to request release from mediation and, if necessary, to conduct a strike against UPS."

"It's pretty simple. UPS is engaged in an unnecessary and reckless game of chicken with its pilots, shareholders, and customers. We are not playing games. While we prefer a negotiated agreement, our pilots are preparing for a strike at UPS."

The IPA strike center is a strategic tool that gives the UPS pilots state-of-the-art technology to track flights, picket, keep in contact with crewmembers, dispel rumors, support its families and stay in touch with the media and the investment community.

  • Statement to Media from IPA President Bob Travis

  • Statement to Media from IPA General Counsel Bill Trent

Coverage of SOC Media Open House

Senator Boxer Cites Crash of UPS Flight 1354 in Passionate Plea for Vote to End Cargo Carve-Out

Posted: 4/13/2016

Senator Barbara Boxer on the Senate floor today again urged her colleagues to vote on her amendment to end the carve-out of all-cargo carriers from the new pilot rest rules. Boxer called it a "moral issue" and warned that "people's lives are in jeopardy."

IPA Joins Sen. Boxer and Capt. Sully Sullenberger to End Cargo Carve-Out

Posted: 4/13/2016

The IPA joined Capt. Sully Sullenberger, the Coalition of Airline Pilots Associations (CAPA) and Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA) at an April 12 press conference in which Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) called on lawmakers to end the cargo carve-out and pass the “Safe Skies Act” amendment to the FAA Reauthorization bill currently being debated in the Senate.

Independent Pilots Association (UPS Pilots) Joins Other Pilot Groups in Response to Misleading Letter from Cargo Airline Chief Pilots

Release Date: 4/13/2016 5:25:18 PM

Louisville, April 13, 2016 – The Independent Pilots Association (IPA) joins with the Coalition of Airline Pilots Associations (CAPA); Air Line Pilots Association International (ALPA); Allied Pilots Association (APA); Airline Division, International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT); Teamsters Local 1224; ALPA FedEx Master Executive Council and Teamsters Local 357 in debunking the misleading letter from the cargo airline industry signed by their management chief pilots. The IPA, along with the pilot unions listed above, fully supports Senator Boxer's amendment #3489 to the FAA Reauthorization Bill to end the cargo carve-out and restore one-level of safety to commercial aviation.

Chief Pilots Letter

UPS Pilots Make Oral Argument Before the D.C. Circuit Challenging Cargo Exclusion from Rest Rule

Release Date: 3/7/2016 10:33:52 AM

WASHINGTON, March 7, 2016 – The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit heard oral argument today for the Independent Pilots Association (UPS pilots) in its lawsuit challenging the FAA's decision to exclude all-cargo operators from the new Flightcrew Member Duty and Rest Requirements.

The following statement is from the IPA General Counsel William Trent:  "It's taken four years 

to get our day in court, but UPS pilots are ready to outline our case for one level of aviation safety.  The arguments we will be making before the court today are:  

1) The FAA failed to execute Congress' command to promulgate regulations that address the acknowledged problems relating to pilot fatigue in all-cargo operations. Congress directed the FAA to 'issue regulations, based on the best available scientific information, to specify limitations on the hours of flight and duty time allowed for pilots to address problems relating to pilot fatigue,' and

 2) The scientific information on fatigue does not support the FAA's exclusion of all-cargo operators from the final rule.  The FAA's decision to leave all-cargo operations subject to the old Part 121 rules also violates the Safety Act because the decision leaves cargo pilots subject to rules that do not reflect the 'best available scientific information' about pilot fatigue, and

3) The FAA impermissibly relied on a cost-benefit analysis to ignore Congress' directive to utilize scientific information on pilot fatigue. Importantly, however, the IPA does not seek to overturn the new Part 117 rules as they relate to passenger operations, but only to have the Court order the FAA to reconsider the inclusion of cargo operations consistent with its mandate from Congress."

To view the Final IPA Opening Brief and other materials related to the case go to:

IPA (UPS Pilots) v. FAA Oral Argument Next Monday; Challenging Cargo Exclusion from Rest Rule

Release Date: 3/4/2016 8:30:00 AM

LOUISVILLE, KY, Tuesday, March 4, 2016 – The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit has scheduled oral argument for Monday, March 7, 2016 in the Independent Pilots Association's lawsuit challenging the FAA’s decision to exclude all-cargo operators from the new Flightcrew Member Duty and Rest Requirements.

The session opens at 9:30 a.m. IPA v. FAA is listed as the third of three cases to be heard between 9:30 a.m. and Noon. The Court has named the following three judges to decide the case: Judge Raymond Randolph, Judge David Sentelle, and Judge David Tatel. The Court has established a time limit of twenty minutes for the argument.

To view the Final IPA Opening Brief and other materials related to the case go to: