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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."

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