The union representing 2,600 UPS airline pilots in the United States has joined the International Transport Workers’ Federation.
The Independent Pilots Association said the move gave it closer links to union organisations all around the globe and better inform collective bargaining efforts.
The ITF is an alliance of more than 700 transportation trade unions in 150 countries, which collectively represent more than 4.5m workers. It was founded in 1896.
It is currently developing a department related to research and analysis in the logistics field, regarding companies including UPS, FedEx, DHL, TNT and DPD/GeoPost.
Captain Robert Travis, president of the Kentucky-based IPA, said joining the ITF was “well timed” given its ongoing contract negotiations with UPS.
“There is no way to overstate the value of this new relationship,” said Travis. “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.”
The London-based ITF already has 21 member unions in the United States, including the International Brotherhood of Teamsters and Transportation Workers Union.
“IPA is strong union and a natural fit for the ITF,” said Ingo Marowsky, ITF global head – supply chain and logistics. “We welcome IPA pilots as members of our global solidarity network.”