UPS pilots refuse to haul Northwest Airlines struck goods

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UPS pilots refuse to haul Northwest Airlines struck goods
Tuesday August 16, 2:01 pm ET

The Independent Pilots Association, the Louisville-based union that represents United Parcel Service Inc. pilots, has told UPS that they will not fly Northwest Airlines struck goods.

The association informed UPS of its position in anticipation of a possible strike by the mechanics at Northwest, which could occur as early as this Friday, according to a news release.

"The Independent Pilots Association is strongly committed to the principle of solidarity with our fellow transportation industry workers," said Capt. Tom Nicholson, president of the association, in the release. "As such, we will refuse to fly any struck goods should a strike or lock-out occur at Northwest Airlines involving their airline mechanics.

Northwest Airlines "has an extensive cargo operation and is now actively in the market attempting to line up aircraft and carriers to provide airlift to dodge the effects of a strike. ... UPS pilots have the contractual right to refuse to move airplanes containing struck goods. We will simply set the parking brakes on any UPS plane containing (Northwest Airlines) struck goods."

Because of the labor dispute at Northwest, Independent Pilots Association crewmembers have refused to be transported on Northwest Airlines since Aug. 5, the release said. As a result, UPS has rescheduled its pilots to other commercial carriers.

Atlanta-based UPS (NYSE: UPS - News) employs more than 17,000 people in Louisville. Its Worldport facility, located at Louisville International Airport, is the company's largest air transportation hub.

Published August 16, 2005 by Business First

Good For you guys at UPS!!
 

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thruthemurk said:
No doubt. Northwest ALPA is still mulling over their position.

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NWA ALPA ought to look at the scenario in 83 when CAL ALPA blew right through the MAchinist and Flight Attendant picket lines. This entire NWA debacle has been taken right out of Lorenzo's playbook.

No wonder ALPA is a dying entity.
 

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Way to go UPS pilots!!


There's some brass cojones!!
 

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I hope our brothers at FedEx and ABX follow the IPA's lead on this!
 

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There only doing this to flex their muscles and show how big and bad they are they could care less about Amfa. There are looking for any excuse to piss MGMT off because of their negotiations.

Can't blame 'em but Their holy then though attitude is BS
 

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Absolutly great news! I hope us purple dudes can stand up and do the same.

I do have to ask however, how do the pilots know what the heck is being loaded on the plane and where it came from? Unless it had NorthWest pasted all over the containers I'm pretty sure I wouldn't know if NW freight was being loaded on my purple jet. If NW cut a deal with the UPS management to haul their freight would UPS not try to paint it brown, so to speak, to minimize questions? Just wondering out loud.:confused:
 

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Nice way to show UPS management who's boss, but there is plenty of lift out there, anyone can find someone to move something anywhere through 3rd party internet charter. If UPS won't haul the box someone else. In fact a 3rd party broker could ship NWA stuff on UPS and no one would know. I saw this during the 2002 West coast dock strike, all kinds of stuff coming from and going overseas on everything from US to Russian cargo airplanes.
 

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Good for UPS! Way to go and great forward thinking on your part to have that statement in your CONTRACT...hint, hint!

What I absolutely LOVE is that the UPS Union had the backbone to come out and make a PUBLIC announcement to the media to be televised, printed and distrubuted across the net on where they stand...labor group v. management! Now that was awesome. What we know and what the general public knows are two different things and the mere perception there could be a strike will start to cripple management and their business.

Stay strong and unified! Hopefully this will be the start of an upswing for the industry.
 

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Purple: When you "cripple management and their business" what happens to the employess when the company goes into BK?
 

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UPS would probably like to see NWA go down the tubes as NWA has significant freight lift on the Pacific. One less airline to worry about if NWA were to be so badly crippled that lost market share to other, i.e., FedEx and UPS. Might be all wrong, but just a wild guess as to motives.
 

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What about the PAX?

Isn't hauling a NWA PAX carrying struck goods? Why are the PAX carriers not saying the same thing?
 

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I agree that there are motives other than just showing support for the AMFA. This is grandstanding and posturing at it's finest. I mean, look at how many "attaboys" it garnered on this forum alone. UPS pilots have their own best interests at heart, and certainly not those of the AMFA.
 

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TAZ MAN said:
What about the PAX?

Isn't hauling a NWA PAX carrying struck goods? Why are the PAX carriers not saying the same thing?
Good point.
 

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TAZ MAN said:
What about the PAX?

Isn't hauling a NWA PAX carrying struck goods? Why are the PAX carriers not saying the same thing?
Then I guess you need to make sure that every passenger you ever carry was not re-booked at some point from a NWA flight.:rolleyes:
 

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Yank McCobb said:
I agree that there are motives other than just showing support for the AMFA. This is grandstanding and posturing at it's finest. I mean, look at how many "attaboys" it garnered on this forum alone. UPS pilots have their own best interests at heart, and certainly not those of the AMFA.
Another good point.
 
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