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UPS and its pilots are asking the help of the National Mediation Board to move their labor negotiations forward. Service is not expected to be interrupted because the contract under which the 2,500 pilots for the Louisville, Ky.-based airline fly does not expire until another contract is in place.
Talks between UPS and the Independent Pilots Association began in October 2002 and remain stalled over most of the key negotiating points. Items still on the table include scheduling, compensation, pension, scope and benefits.
Both sides had earlier set July 1 as the date on which they would call in a federal mediator to help. The company and its pilots reached the …