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ATI Crewmembers Vote 100 Percent in Favor of Strike

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HOUSTON, Nov. 10 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- After more than four years of stagnant contract negotiations, the flight deck crewmembers of Air Transport International (ATI) have demonstrated their steadfast resolve to strike if and when released by the National Mediation Board. Strike ballots were counted and certified on Friday, November 7, 2008 at the main headquarters of International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT) Local 747, ATI crewmembers' collective bargaining representative. ATI crewmembers voted 100 percent in favor of a strike job action.
"We have willingly worked with ATI management throughout the negotiations process--it is past time for them to reciprocate. Not only are they unwilling to negotiate in good faith, but they continue to chip away at the few remaining benefits on which our crewmembers depend such as home-basing," said Capt. Tom Rogers, chairman of the ATI Executive Council.
ATI flight deck crewmembers have been in contract negotiations with management since June 2004. Negotiations have been held under the auspices of a mediator from the National Mediation Board since October 2006.
"The unanimous support for a strike by the ATI crewmembers, especially during an economic downturn within the airline industry, sends an unrivaled message to the management of ATI. The work ethic and productivity of this pilot group continues to be a core cause of ATI's profitability. Management's persistent unwillingness to recognize that sizable contribution will directly result in a loss for ATI and its shareholders," stated IBT Local 747 President E.E. Sowell.
Air Transport International, a subsidiary of Air Transport Services Group, Inc, is a U.S. certified air carrier offering air transportation services throughout the world for the United States Air Mobility Command (USAF AMC) and commercial customers such as BAX Global Inc and AMX Cargo.
International Brotherhood of Teamsters Local Union 747 represents approximately 5,000 flight deck crewmembers, flying for 14 different airlines worldwide. Founded in 1903, the International Brotherhood of Teamsters represents more than 1.4 million hardworking men and women throughout the United States and Canada.
SOURCE International Brotherhood of Teamsters


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You know that may be a historical first for a 121 carrier.

No BS it was a 100%...........
 

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You go guys!
Show the rest of us pansies how it's done.....
Good luck to ya!
Z.
 

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142 ballots returned (high 90s % participation), 6 ballots deemed ineligible, 136 of 136 ballots opened were in favor. SNAP!

Keep in mind that this is a strike authorization, so we have a few wickets to run through before anything untoward happens.
 
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countbat

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Im Sure the ABX guys are just waiting for you to go on strike

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Let me get this straight: ATI, Cappy and ABX part of the same company ATSG. DHL will leave USA. ABX works for DHL. No more jobs after Jan 30. ATSG stock from 7.39 USD 1 year ago down to 16 cents. Sorry, today it went up to 18 cents. Hmmm! ATI must know something which is not known the general public. Good luck to them but I see interesting times ahead. Just an opinion.
 

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AS AN ABX PILOT I WILL NOT FLY STRUCK WORK....................... PERIOD

Thanks for trying to stir the pot 727
 

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Thanks, Box. I'm pretty sure that same sentiment runs among 99% of us anyway, Cappy, ABX and ATI.

Another thing I'm confident of is that BAX and ATSG both are highly motivated to avert a strike on our part. We may not look like a golden goose, but there's some golden eggs rolling around in our nest. Maybe we'll actually get a contract out of this yet. And while it would be within reason that we slap down ABX's contract and say "let's negotiate", we're not even asking for that much. We're being more than reasonable with our management. Unfortunately, that's where it seems to end.
 
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AS AN ABX PILOT I WILL NOT FLY STRUCK WORK....................... PERIOD

Thanks for trying to stir the pot 727

was pretty tasteless true, but I did here that management is going to push ATI and if they do go on strike they plan on bringing in abx. Obviously abx loses their ride in the next couple of months and will have plenty of lift to repo to toledo, if ATI goes out.

to help the ATI guys the ABX mec should make it perfectly clear NO ABX aircraft are going to TOL if ATI goes out. I know that the mec here at cappy is already getting their ducks in row with ALPA and legal to send that message to management.

Cappy is already in a strange situation because we do, do ATI trips often. So the mec is working with legal on a definition of what we can and cannot due.

Should be more cut and dry with ABX since your not in Toledo already. Cappy doesnt have the resources and personnel anyways to do any extra flying, but ABX certainly is going to have plenty of lift doing nothing.
 

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Yep.
Let me get this straight: ATI, Cappy and ABX part of the same company ATSG. DHL will leave USA. ABX works for DHL. No more jobs after Jan 30. ATSG stock from 7.39 USD 1 year ago down to 16 cents. Sorry, today it went up to 18 cents. Hmmm! ATI must know something which is not known the general public. Good luck to them but I see interesting times ahead. Just an opinion.

Well here is another out of the NYtimes

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ACMI Services, which includes results from businesses of the former Cargo Holdings International, Inc. (CHI) that ATSG acquired at the end of 2007 and from the charter operations of ABX Air, continued to generate the majority of ATSG's revenues and earnings growth, compared with the third quarter a year ago. Revenues for that segment increased more than $100 million to $116.9 million, compared with a year earlier. Nearly all of that gain is attributable to the acquired CHI businesses. Pretax earnings increased to $890,000 from $191,000 a year earlier. [/quote]

Im no expert but I would say ATI has the upper hand. I would bet they are the ones earning the most. Due to the fact they are the only ones crazy enough or legal to fly the crap they do. DoD pays a pretty penny for that service. If I remember right your under the old ICX cert? Thats why your combis reg numbers end in CX? (yep thats spookair)
 

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OH BTW after talking to a few other old buzzards, no one is aware of any other vote going 100%.
 

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ABX Air Pilot Union Supports ATI Crewmembers in Strike Ballot Authorization



Last update: 5:30 p.m. EDT Sept. 29, 2008

WILMINGTON, Ohio, Sept 29, 2008 /PRNewswire-USNewswire via COMTEX/ -- The pilots of cargo airline ABX Air, represented by Teamsters Local 1224, expressed their solidarity today with fellow Teamsters at Air Transport International, whose union leadership recently approved a petition to ballot their crewmembers for strike authorization.
Both ABX Air and ATI are subsidiaries of Air Transport Services Group and both pilot groups have been in drawn out negotiations with management for new contracts. The ABX Air pilots have been negotiating for more than three years, while the ATI crewmembers, represented by Teamsters Local 747 have been negotiating for four years.
"We strongly support our fellow Teamsters at ATI and will stand beside them in every way we can -- that includes joining them on a picket line," said Teamsters Local 1224 President David Ross.
"We have the same goal. We both want a fair contract," Ross said. "We will work with Local 747 to ensure that ATSG management does not play games with our livelihood. And we will absolutely not stand for whipsawing during these talks."
 
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but I did here that management is going to push ATI and if they do go on strike they plan on bringing in abx.

If that's a plan, it's a pretty lousy one. Either way, as you mentioned, our relationships with BAX are somewhat nebulous when considering "struck goods" and anyone carrying it. Yes, we each have runs that we regularly do, but none of them can truly be called "ours" to defend. It goes back to the Michael Dan "never never never" diatribe when ATI was to get 727s, in which we'd rule the BAX ramp with both 72s and 8s. Now we're only 1/4 the company we would/could have been.

I'm sure there are legal ways around defining "struck goods" in this situation to protect the job of a unionized contracted carrier, especially ABX and CCIA, on the TOL ramp. Question is, how many non-unionized companies and crews are out there ready to play?
 

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One of the problems with this type of flying is if the owner of the cargo can just cxl the contract for non performance and put it out for bid again...
 

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was pretty tasteless true, but I did here that management is going to push ATI and if they do go on strike they plan on bringing in abx. Obviously abx loses their ride in the next couple of months and will have plenty of lift to repo to toledo, if ATI goes out.

to help the ATI guys the ABX mec should make it perfectly clear NO ABX aircraft are going to TOL if ATI goes out. I know that the mec here at cappy is already getting their ducks in row with ALPA and legal to send that message to management.

Cappy is already in a strange situation because we do, do ATI trips often. So the mec is working with legal on a definition of what we can and cannot due.

Should be more cut and dry with ABX since your not in Toledo already. Cappy doesnt have the resources and personnel anyways to do any extra flying, but ABX certainly is going to have plenty of lift doing nothing.

Man, that was painful to read. Is English a 2nd language for you?
 

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... And while it would be within reason that we slap down ABX's contract and say "let's negotiate", we're not even asking for that much. We're being more than reasonable with our management....

Are you referring to the "current" ABX Air pilot contract? You might want to start thinking about what's going to happen when ATSG brings you the "NEW" ABX Air pilot contract.
 

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Are you referring to the "current" ABX Air pilot contract? You might want to start thinking about what's going to happen when ATSG brings you the "NEW" ABX Air pilot contract.

Have you guys negotiated a concessionary contract or is one in the works?
 
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