Flight dispatchers, Atlas Air, Polar Air Cargo reach tentative agreement

Negotiators with the Teamsters Airline Division have announced that a tentative agreement has been reached to extend the current collective bargaining agreement for flight dispatchers with Atlas Air, Inc. and Polar Air Cargo Worldwide, Teamsters union said.

The FAA-licensed flight dispatchers, who are members of Teamsters Local 210 in N.Y., are responsible for coordination with aircraft flight crews to ensure a safe dispatch and in-flight monitoring of all flights around the world for Atlas Air and Polar Air Cargo. Atlas Air and Polar Air Cargo conduct cargo and charter passenger operations for many airlines, and provide the airlift of cargo and troops for the US military worldwide.

The flight dispatchers´ contract was due to reach term in November of this year. They ratified their first Teamster contract in November of 2012. In September 2016, the parties first met to discuss the company´s decision to move flight dispatch operations from Purchase, New York to Cincinnati, Ohio in addition to the possibility of a contract extension.

After multiple deliberations, the parties came to an agreement regarding not only moving provisions, but also a four-year contract extension. The tentative agreement includes a 30% wage increase over the life of the contract.

A letter of agreement acknowledging the contract extension provisions will be prepared for member review and voting dates will be announced soon.

Founded in 1903, the International Brotherhood of Teamsters represents 1.4 million men and women throughout the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico.