Pilots Call On An End To The Stall Tactics On Negotiations
March 24, 2010 -
Six years of foot-dragging by Air Transport International (ATI)
management while leaders of its 170 pilots and flight engineers work in
good faith to pursue a fair contract is “intolerable,” according to
Capt. Tom Rogers, chairman of the ATI unit of the Air Line Pilots
Association, Int’l (ALPA).
After joining ALPA in November 2009, ATI crewmembers continued efforts to reach an agreement in direct negotiations with management. When such an agreement was not forthcoming, ALPA recently requested the National Mediation Board (NMB) to appoint a mediator to facilitate future negotiations.
“It is exasperating to deal with an uncooperative management when our
crewmembers are so dedicated to completing our duties of delivering
products for ATI’s customers on time. The reliability that we provide is
a key factor in our company’s success. We are always hearing positive
feedback about our performance from Joe Hete, CEO of ATSG, our parent
ATI crewmembers are hopeful that a fair agreement can be reached
promptly with the assistance of a federal mediator. However, since ATI
management has indicated that it sees no reason to maintain the
previously scheduled dates for direct negotiations, it remains unclear
as to when mediated talks will resume. In the meantime, ATI crewmembers
will pursue all options available under the law to persuade management
to accept a reasonable contract.
Air Transport International LLC is an airline based in
The airline was established in 1978 and started operations in 1979. It
was formed as US Airways and later known as Interstate Airlines. The
current name was adopted in 1988. On 1 October 1994 ICX International
Cargo Express was merged into Air Transport International, which was
itself acquired by the Brink's Company in February 1998. ATI was sold in
2006 to Cargo Holdings International (CHI). It has 495 employees. The
crewmembers of ATI fly McDonnell Douglas DC-8 and Boeing 767 aircraft
for passenger, military, and cargo operations around the world.
Cargo Aircraft Management was the lead customer for the Boeing 767 freighter conversion program. In the 12 months since ATI's sale by Brinks to CHI, worldwide airline profits have fallen significantly, however, ATI continues to negate this trend. Delivery of fully modernized and fuel efficient B767PF Aircraft is on track for June 2008.
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