LOUISVILLE, Ky., Aug. 31 /PRNewswire/ -- The following is the text of the statement made by Capt. Tom Nicholson, President of the Independent Pilots Association this morning announcing the ratification of its new contract with UPS. Good morning, I'm Captain Tom Nicholson, President of the Independent Pilots Association. I would like to thank all of you for joining us today as we announce the result of our contract ratification vote. Prior to the ratification vote the IPA spent the month of July educating our membership on the details of the tentative agreement between UPS and the IPA that was signed on June 30. Electronic balloting opened August 1 and our members have had until 9:00 a.m. this morning to study the agreement and vote. It is important to note that the tentative agreement was unanimously agreed to, and signed by, myself, and the four other pilots who make up our Executive Board: Captain Chuck Patterson, Vice President; Captain Herb Hurst, Secretary; First Officer Dean Cibotti, Treasurer; and Captain Cindy Driscoll, At-Large Representative -- along with the three members of our negotiating committee. Now, for the results of the vote. Of the 2,652 IPA crewmembers eligible to vote in this election 2,623 cast ballots; giving us a participation rate of 98.9%. 1,482 pilots voted "Yes" to ratify the tentative agreement; while 1,141 voted "No" -- given that, the contract passes 56.50 to 43.50 -- making it our new collective bargaining agreement. This brings to an end almost four years of contract negotiations with UPS. The process began 46 months ago when the IPA and UPS jointly requested that the National Mediation Board facilitate our talks using Interest Based Bargaining. The facilitator that the NMB assigned; Linda Puchala has been with us ever since. She has done an outstanding job and truly reflects the highest ideals of civil service. I would also like to thank our Negotiating Committee, led by Captain Jim Magner. This was the first time that the IPA fielded an independent Negotiating Committee, and Jim along with Captains Glenn Kaine, and Greg Lebo did an outstanding job. While not officially a member of the Negotiating Committee there is another pilot from our group who was indispensable in this process, First Officer Andy Murphy. As for the contract itself, from the beginning of the process our pilots wanted a comprehensive contract and the union wanted a contract that could keep pace with the global expansion of UPS and its evolution from package delivery to total supply chain solution. What resulted is a contract that increases pilot compensation, retirement and benefits along with comprehensive work rule improvements and a Scope clause that guarantees our pilots the international flying in the UPS system. Our new contract, along with the tentative agreement announced last Sunday between Federal Express and the Air Line Pilots Association, not only sets the pattern for the cargo business, but also sets the standard for the aviation industry.
SOURCE Independent Pilots Association