About 60 mechanics drove in from Louisville, Ky., to protest as they try to negotiate their pay contract.
Photo: Vino Wong
Photo: Vino Wong

UPS aircraft mechanics union plans to ask Trump for help in contract talks

The union representing aircraft mechanics at UPS. after reaching what they say is an impasse in contract talks with management, has drafted a letter to President Donald Trump seeking his help.

“After listening to you speak about hardworking Americans, we were hopeful that the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act would give us needed financial relief,” Teamsters Local 2727 wrote in the letter that has accumulated hundreds of online signatures on website medium.com. The letter adds that the aircraft mechanics have gone without a raise for more than four years, and it closes asking Trump if there is “anything you can do to help.” The union, which represents about 1,200 aircraft mechanics and related workers at UPS, plans to give the letter to members of Congress in a meeting Wednesday and ask that it be delivered to the president.

UPS said it “continues to negotiate in good faith,” and added: “We are ready, willing and able to return to the table whenever the NMB, which controls the pace and timing of negotiations, deems it advisable.” The company added that aircraft mechanics are paid as much as $105,000 per year.

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