Atlas Air / Polar Air Cargo Flight Dispatchers Ratify First Contract
Flight Dispatchers for Atlas Air and Polar Air Cargo have ratified their first contract in a vote last week. By an overwhelming margin, the dispatchers of the two carriers; who operate under the umbrella of Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings, accepted the terms of the five year agreement.
“This is the culmination of many hours of hard work and dedication by all; both in management and labor and it is a credit to everyone involved,” said Steward Dennis Gerber, who is also a member of the negotiating committee. “Our thanks to the Airline Division for the assistance they provided and especially to Local 210 President George Miranda. I’d also like to thank the company for their commitment to the process diligence.”
In a press release issued by the company, John Dietrich, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Atlas Air Worldwide was quoted as saying, “We are very pleased to have finalized our new collective bargaining agreement with our highly experienced dispatchers. We achieved all of our objectives in this process, including preserving productive work rules and flexibility, while maintaining competitive compensation and favorable benefits for our dispatchers. We achieved long-term labor stability with our valued employees, enabling us to provide continued value to our customers and shareholders.”
Mr. Dietrich added, “Negotiations with Atlas and Polar dispatchers and their representatives from the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, which began in 2009, were constructive and professional, with genuine interest by both parties to reach agreement. We applaud the union leadership and its efforts.”
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