Atlas Air ExCo files Section 6 Notice
In a message to the membership on Wednesday, Atlas ExCo Chairman Captain Bob Kirchner announced that the union has filed a Section 6 notice regarding the “Union Express Operation LoA” that is part of the current Atlas CBA.
Contained within the current CBA, the Union Express Operation LoA (USOL) requires management to notify the union 180 days before the start of an “Express” type operation, so that the parties could negotiate appropriate and mutually agreed upon terms relating to that operation. In March of 2012, Atlas began operating B-767s for DHL in what is clearly defined in the LoA as an Express Operation. Management failed to do so, in violation of the terms of the LoA and, as Kirchner stated in his message; "completely disregarded the collective bargaining contract."
At a meeting in the Spring of this year, the union approached the company with violation, in hopes of establishing a means to amicably resolve the situation in a prompt manner. Kirchner went on to say, “After our meeting last month with the company it became evident that there was not enough resolve on the part of the company in these informal meeting to achieve a simple and rapid agreement on the many “Express” issues our crews face every day. These are issues that the negotiators of the 2011 CBA fully anticipated and provided for in this LOA. The decision was made this week that the union had no choice but to formally file for Section 6 negotiations to move the process forward.
It had been our hope to move through an expedited agreement relating to this document and the much needed contractual needs of both parties,” he concluded.
September 11, 2014
Once again, we take time to reflect on the events of this day. It seems difficult to accept that a bright, sunny fourteen years ago; a day that should have been like any other, would become a tragic day for our generation that many will remember in the future with, “where were you that day?”
The names, locations and images will always be with us just as our memory of where and what we each were doing. As we remember, let each of us re-commit to the memories of our fellow employees, the families and friends of those who were lost that day. And let us live each day as a celebration of their lives, refusing to surrender to those who committed those senseless acts and never giving in to the fear they hoped to instill in us.
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