Holding signs reading “Our Families Deserve Better” and “Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings Pilots Ready to Strike,” pilots from major DHL and Amazon contractor Atlas Air are protesting outside the Purchase headquarters of their airline’s holding company, Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings (AAWW), to demand company executives stop denying them of a fair, industry-standard contract. This week marks the current contract’s amendable date – the date pilots are due a new contract by management.
Week In Review
The Amerijet Negotiating Committee met the week of August 23rd-25th 2016 in Fort Lauderdale, FL. The week started out with the Union having a discussion with Amerijet management regarding to the recent 767 upgrade. Following the discussion, the committee was able to get most of the concerns regarding potential violations addressed. However, as a consequence of some upgrade violations; reason and principle dictate the processing of a timely grievance.
The UAL Negotiating Committee met the week of July 25th – 29th, 2016 in Chicago. The week started out with CEO Oscar Munoz talking to the Union Committee. Munoz gave his vision for the future of the Company, including how the group fits in to that strategy going forward. He answered several questions regarding his involvement in facilitating the process of talks that will lead to an industry leading contract.
After more than two years of Fence Agreement negotiations that were frustrated by management’s unreasonable positions that led to an impasse, three days of mediation/hearings were scheduled by Arbitrator Herb Fishgold. The hearing was scheduled June 28th – 30th and due to scheduling conflicts, reconvened on July 13th.
After another flagrant violation of the RLA by management; offering a Voluntary Separation Program (“VSP”) to Flight Options pilots, including furloughed pilots “without the participation or consent” of the Union that pilots elected; on Friday the IBT filed a Motion for Temporary and Preliminary Injunctive Relief in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio, Eastern Division.