October 1, 2008
Capital Cargo Pilots Recognize Struggle Fellow ATI Pilots Have with Management
TOLEDO, OH – Captain CJ Johnson, chairman of the Capital Cargo unit of the Air Line Pilots Association, Int’l (ALPA), which is one of the labor groups within Air Transport Service Group, Inc. (ATSG) released the following statement of support for crewmembers of Air Transport International (ATI). ATI crewmembers, represented by Local 747 of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, recently approved a petition to ballot the ATI crewmembers for strike authorization.
“With first hand knowledge and understanding of the difficult and painfully slow negotiations that the ATI crewmembers are confronting with their management, the crewmembers and leaders of the Capital Cargo Master Executive Council acknowledge and recognize the challenges facing our brothers and sisters at ATI. We champion the ATI crewmembers’ efforts and fight to receive a fair contract. Our support of solidarity is offered to them to resolve their labor issues in an expeditious manner. The crewmembers of Capital Cargo will not allow whipsawing our groups against each other as a method for management to build barriers between our crews.”
Both Capital Cargo Int’l Airlines (CCIA) and ATI are under the ATSG umbrella, and both groups have been in negotiations for new contracts with their respective managements for four years.
Founded in 1931, ALPA is the world’s largest pilots’ union, representing 53,000 pilots at 37 airlines in the U.S. and Canada, including 115 cockpit crew members at CCIA. Visit the ALPA website at http://www.alpa.org.
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CJ Johnson — (360) 930-2789
Tawnya Burket — (724) 622-6738
David Fisher — (703) 689-4131