AUGUST 2013, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre/Hazleton Edition of The Union News
UPS pilots unions affiliates with the ITF federation
BY PAUL TUCKER
REGION, July 29th- The Independent Pilots Association (IPA) Union, a United States labor organization which represents more than 2600 United Parcel Service (UPS) airline pilots, gained membership in the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF). The ITF is a global alliance of unions representing transportation workers.
“This is an important development in IPA’s history. ITF membership gives us instant access to unions representing UPS workers around the globe. The IPA’s acceptance into the organization is well timed given our ongoing contract negotiations with UPS,” stated Robert Travis, President of the Independent Pilots Association.
Founded in 1896, the ITF is an alliance of more than 700 transportation trade unions spread over 150 countries, representing more than 4.5 million workers. In addition to having a rebust Aviation division, the ITF has focused resources in developing a department related to research and analysis of supply chain and logistics companies such as UPS, FedEx, DHL, TNT, and DPD/GeoPost.
The IFF also is an accredited organization holding representational status with international bodies such as the International Civil Aviation Organization and the International Labor Organization.
“ITF membership will provide us with formal ties to these important international bodies that directly impact our careers.
There is no way to overstate the value of this new relationship. With the resources of the ITF, we will have access to every major union contract covering UPS employees and UPS vendors worldwide as well as direct access to their leadership. This information flow and these personal connections can and will strengthen the IPA’s ability to represent the interests of our members,” added Mr. Travis.
The ITF has 21 affiliated United States member unions.