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Begich Encouraged as UPS Reduces Furlough Number


Company says fewer Anchorage pilots will lose jobs

U.S. Sen. Mark Begich today said he is encouraged by news from United Parcel Service (UPS) that the company is furloughing fewer pilots than announced a few months ago. In a letter to Begich, UPS officials say they are reducing their nationwide pilot furlough by an estimated 70 crewmembers, decreasing the number from 300 to approximately 230. The original furlough impacted more than 80 pilots living in Alaska.

Begich wrote a letter in May to UPS Chairman and CEO Scott Davis pointing out cargo had increased at the Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport in the previous two quarters, and the loss of Alaska-based crewmembers would have a significant negative impact on the state.

"I am pleased to see due to improving economic conditions reported in 2nd quarter earnings, UPS is preserving some jobs for Alaskans," Begich said. "It is my hope UPS will continue to bring back furloughed crewmembers as the economic picture continues to improve."

In a letter to Begich, UPS says in challenging times, businesses are forced to make tough business decisions.

"Our business model is simple: packages equal jobs at UPS. If our 2010 growth continues, the furlough could be reduced even more in the future. The reductions will impact some of the furloughs slated for 2011," the UPS letter says.

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