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UPS Resumes Talks With Pilots

January 14, 1998

WASHINGTON (AP) _ United Parcel Service’s pilots have dropped their demand for a ``best in the industry″ contract and say they will use as a benchmark the deal a rival package carrier offered its pilots.

The 2,100-member Independent Pilots Assocation overwhelmingly rejected the company’s contract offer last October but the National Mediation Board refused to release the two sides from negotiations, averting a strike during the holiday season.

UPS has argued that its pilots’ demands could weaken its ability to compete with FedEx Corp., the nation’s second-largest package delivery carrier.

But IPA President Bob Miller said Tuesday that a tentative agreement FedEx struck with its pilots in December looked pretty good to the crews who fly UPS’ planes.

Both sides met with representatives from the mediation board Tuesday as negotiators geared up for a new round of face-to-face talks today.

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