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UPS, Pilots Reach Tentative Deal On New Labor Contract

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The Independent Pilots Association and UPS Airlines have reached a tentative agreement on a new five-year labor contract.

Officials said on Thursday that details would not be released until IPA presents the proposed deal to all UPS pilots.

“This tentative agreement has been unanimously approved and endorsed by both the IPA executive board and our negotiating committee," said IPA president, Captain Robert Travis in a news release. "Over the next month we will present it to our members with an unqualified recommendation for ratification."

Brendan Canavan, UPS Airlines president, called the offer "excellent" and said UPS is pleased to have reached a deal.

“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,” he said.

UPS pilots have been working under the terms of their previous contract for five years. The IPA, which represents some 2,600 pilots, was preparing for the possibility of a strike. Union officials previously said some of the sticking points involved flight schedules and crew fatigue.

The contract must be ratified by a majority of UPS’s pilots. The vote by the pilots is expected to be completed on Aug. 31.

Jonese Franklin is the WFPL Program Director and host of All Things Considered. Email Jonese at jfranklin@lpm.org.