United Parcel Service, Inc: Pilots Union Prepares For Negotiations - Bidness Etc. United Parcel Service, Inc.'s pilots union – the Independent Pilots Association (IPA) – has announced to launch media tours of its recently opened strike operations center in Louisville, Kentucky. The association will have an open house next week on Tuesday, April 19 from 11AM to 1PM EDT. President IPA Captain Robert Travis and its General Counsel William Trent will conduct the open house tours. The strike operation center and the open house are tactics to gain media attention. The IPA represents about 2,500 UPS pilots and has been trying to settle negotiations between the union and UPS for the past five years. The announcement from the union comes just weeks ahead of UPS' first-quarter earnings call scheduled for April 28.