Kalitta Air pilots, represented by the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, have ratified a new contract with the airline that offer improvements in job security, scheduling, benefits and pay, the union said.
The contract was ratified more than six years after contract negotiations began and passed by 93.2 percent with 234 of pilots voting yes and only 17 voting no.
The four-year agreement provides scope and job security protections, reduced duty period limits and enhanced rest provisions. It also contains improvements in benefits, protections for pilots who fly cargo into war zones or geographic areas experiencing acts of terrorism and a 55 percent increase to hourly pay rates, as well as incremental raises through 2020.
Kalitta Air operates a fleet of Boeing 747 aircraft in support of the global network of DHL Express, a division of the German logistics company, Deutsche Post DHL.
Founded in 1903, the International Brotherhood of Teamsters represents 1.4 million men and women throughout the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico.