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UPS pilots offered early redundancy as demand falls

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United Parcel Service announced on Thursday that it has extended an offer for early retirement to a group of pilots as part of its strategic response to challenges posed by a sluggish air freight market and escalating labour expenses.

The global leader in package delivery, headquartered in Atlanta, is seeking a positive response from 167 pilots who may consider embracing the voluntary separation proposal.

This comprehensive package encompasses monetary incentives along with healthcare benefits. Presently, the company employs approximately 3,400 pilots.

In a formal statement, UPS expressed its rationale behind this initiative, citing its commitment to consistently evaluate operational efficiency to enhance customer service. The company’s prior instance of pilot workforce reduction was in 2010, during which 111 pilots were furloughed.

Earlier on August 8, UPS revised its projections for annual revenue and profitability downward, attributing the adjustment to a combination of factors such as declining package volumes, escalating labour expenditures, and financial setbacks incurred during contentious yet ultimately concluded contract negotiations with the International Brotherhood of Teamsters.

The latter represented around 340,000 employees.

The Independent Pilots Association, the representative body for UPS pilots, confirmed the reception of the buyout offer.

Concurrently, pilots associated with UPS’s competitor, FedEx, have opted to reject a tentative contractual agreement presented by their union. The decision was primarily influenced by concerns related to compensation and job security.

As FedEx undertakes the merger of its Express and Ground operating divisions in a strategic manoeuvre to streamline costs and enhance operational efficiency, a subset of the company’s pilots express apprehension over potential job displacement or the outsourcing of their roles.

 

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Atari acquisition ends the longest running console war

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Atari, the iconic gaming company, has revealed its acquisition of the Intellivision brand.

‘Uniting Atari and Intellivision after 45 years ends the longest running console war in history,” said Mike Mika, Studio Head at Digital Eclipse, an Atari-owned game studio.

This move is seen as a strategic step by Atari to expand its portfolio and tap into the nostalgia-driven market.

Emily Leaney from TeamRetro joins to discuss. #featured

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Tim Cook eyes a worthy successor to the Apple empire

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As Apple CEO Tim Cook’s tenure at the company enters its later years, speculation swirls regarding who will succeed the tech giant’s iconic leader.

On this episode of Ahron & Mike Live – Canva makes a break for Broadway, AI has been likened to a ‘demigod’, astronomers develop new tech to counter asteroids and has Apple found its next successor? #featured

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The United States is accelerating efforts into space warfare

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Is space warfare the next frontier of military competition?

On this episode of Hot Shots – the US expand efforts into space warfare, big tech commit to AI fail safes, while AI moves the markets and a buried treasure of ‘Holy Grail’ proportions is unearthed.

Ticker’s Ahron Young & Veronica Dudo discuss. #featured #trending

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