January 28, 2005
FedEx, UPS Pilots Meet to Discuss Issues of Common Concern
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - On Jan. 25 and 26, members of the Independent Pilots Association (IPA), the collective bargaining agent for the pilots at UPS, and members of the FedEx unit of the Air Line Pilots Association, International (ALPA), met in Memphis to discuss the current progress of contract negotiations with their respective companies. The meeting also focused on areas of common interest, such as pilot fatigue and how it relates to flying on the "back side of the clock" and outsourcing of pilot jobs to foreign carriers, which falls under the heading of scope. All of the issues discussed have a significant impact on both pilot groups.
While recognizing the independence of their two groups, IPA and ALPA agree that they are each well-served by supporting each other in their individual efforts to preclude management of either company from whipsawing one group against the other. "With both FedEx and UPS reporting record profits and dividends, it is vital that our pilot groups be recognized for the contributions they have made in helping our companies achieve their success," said Captain David Webb, chairman of the FedEx Master Executive Council (MEC), a unit of ALPA.
"Although UPS and FedEx are major competitors when it comes to the shipping industry, our pilot groups have mutual concerns that need to be addressed on an industry level," said Captain Tom Nicholson, IPA president. "Safety, security, and the health and welfare of our crewmembers are of major importance to both groups and must never be deflected regardless of the profitability of either company."
Pleased with the success of this week's meeting, which provided valuable insight into issues both groups face in the industry and at the bargaining table, both ALPA and IPA have agreed to meet again to discuss future progress of their respective negotiations.
Founded in 1931, ALPA is the world's oldest and largest pilot union representing 64,000 pilots at 43 airlines in the United States and Canada. Visit the ALPA website at http://www.alpa.org.
The IPA is the collective bargaining unit for the 2,500 professional pilots who fly the 268 heavy jet UPS fleet. IPA pilots fly more than 1,890 UPS flight segments every day to multiple points over five continents. In addition to being the world's largest transportation company, UPS is also the world's eleventh largest airline.
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ALPA Contact: Scott Sherrin, (901) 842-2220
IPA Contact: Brian Gaudet, (202) 494-4332