Teamsters seek to change collective bargaining agreements

The International Brotherhood of Teamsters Airline Division has sent a Section 6 Notice to Atlas Air, Inc., and Southern Air, Inc., on behalf of the pilots represented by the union at those airlines, the IBT said.

Under the Railway Labor Act, the filing of the Section 6 notice on Feb. 16 signals the Teamsters´ intent to negotiate modifications to the pilots´ collective bargaining agreements.

Recently, Atlas Air´s corporate parent, Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings, Inc., announced that it had reached an agreement to purchase Southern Air Holdings, Inc., Southern Air´s corporate parent. Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings has announced its desire to merge the Atlas and Southern airlines and pilots. However, no agreement has been reached with the Teamsters on how or when the merging will occur.

Teamsters Local 1224 also represents the pilots at nine other airlines, including ABX Air and Kalitta Air. The ABX and Kalitta pilots are engaged in negotiations to modify their collective bargaining agreements. These four airlines — ABX, Atlas, Kalitta and Southern — are the primary contractors to Germany´s DHL, carrying a large percentage of DHL´s air freight in the US and worldwide.

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