November 8, 2007
Pilots Band Together to Weather Proposed
Union Leaders Vow to Protect Collective Bargaining Rights of All Workers
TOLEDO – The following statement is from Capt. CJ Johnson, union leader of the Capital Cargo Int’l (CCI) unit of the Air Line Pilots Association, Int’l (ALPA), regarding the proposed acquisition of Cargo Holdings International, Inc. (CHI) by ABX Air, Inc. (ABX):
“The CCI Master Executive Council (MEC) is carefully evaluating the proposed acquisition to determine the impact, if any, that it would have on the collective bargaining rights of the Capital Cargo pilots. We intend to protect the interests of these pilots to the maximum extent.
"Our duty is to ensure that no transaction has a negative affect on our members, and to work to improve the professional futures of pilots and other workers. To that end, we are in communication with the unions that represent the ABX and Air Transport Int’l LLC (ATI) pilots and intend to pursue with them any steps that will advance the common interests of all CHI and ABX pilots.”
On November 2, ABX announced that it has agreed to acquire CHI. Among CHI’s four operating subsidiaries are two separate airlines, ATI and Capital Cargo International Airlines, Inc., the latter of which employs approximately 115 pilots who are represented for purposes of collective bargaining by ALPA.
Founded in 1931, ALPA is the world’s largest pilot union, representing more than 60,000 pilots at 42 airlines in the U.S. and Canada.
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Tawnya Burket — (724) 622-6738
Anya Piazza — (703) 626-7926