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Pilot contract disputes heating up at shipping giants UPS, FedEx

ATLANTA (AP) - Passenger airline pilots aren't the only ones feuding with their managements these days over new contract terms. Cargo airline pilots are, too.

The disputes at shipping giants UPS and FedEx don't involve pay cuts. Both companies are offering wage increases. Beyond pay, these pilots say their benefits and work rules are just as important if not more important to fight for.

UPS pilots have run newspaper advertisements prodding management to reach an agreement with them and have authorized their union to call a strike if necessary. Today, they plan informational picketing outside company storefronts in several cities. At FedEx, the company has asked for a federal mediator to join talks with its pilots.

The major issues the companies and their pilot unions are grappling with in the talks include pay, pensions, work rules, health benefits and job security. According to the companies, pilots at Atlanta-based UPS and Memphis-based FedEx currently make an average of more than 175-thousand dollars a year.

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