Polar Air Cargo, 30 days out from possible strike.

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Polar Air Cargo, Inc. and the Airline Pilots Association Released from Negotiations by National Mediation Board
Tuesday August 16, 7:34 pm ET
30-Day Cooling Off Period Begins
Polar - Atlas Merger Suspended

PURCHASE, N.Y.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Aug. 16, 2005--Polar Air Cargo, Inc. (Polar), a subsidiary of Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings, Inc. (AAWW) (OTC: AAWW.PK - News), and the Airline Pilots Association (ALPA), the collective bargaining representative of the Crewmembers employed by Polar, were released today from negotiations by the National Mediation Board (NMB) into the 30-day cooling off period that must occur before either party can engage in economic self-help, which includes the right to strike on the part of the Polar Crewmembers. [size=-2]ADVERTISEMENT[/size]

This action by the NMB followed a decision by ALPA to reject the NMB's proffer of binding arbitration. The 30-day cooling off period is set to expire at 12:01 a.m. EDT on September 16, 2005.

"While the Company is committed to reaching an agreement, we simply can't agree to a contract that further challenges the viability of our scheduled service business," said Jeffrey H. Erickson, President and CEO of AAWW. "Unlike other carriers that have entered or threatened to enter bankruptcy, we have never asked our Crewmembers to take any kind of pay or benefit cut or make any kind of work rule concessions. Instead, we have offered a fair agreement that includes significant wage and benefit increases, which is extraordinary in the current environment."

In its effort to reach a bridge agreement pending the completion of the merger, the Company had offered an immediate 10.5% pay raise plus profit sharing, with no work rule changes to the existing contract. This offer would have put the Polar Crewmembers' contract at parity with the contract covering the Crewmembers of Atlas Air, Inc. (Atlas), also an operating subsidiary of AAWW, and the leading provider of ACMI (aircraft, crew, maintenance and insurance) freighter aircraft to major airlines around the globe. ALPA has continued to demand a 32% increase, 20% effective immediately and another 11% effective December 1.

AAWW is also immediately suspending its previously announced plans to combine the bargaining units and merge the operating certificates of Atlas and Polar. "Due to the uncertainties associated with the release into the 30-day cooling off period, the Company does not believe it is advisable to continue to pursue the merger at this time," Mr. Erickson continued. "We are, therefore, suspending the merger pending the outcome of these negotiations."

Mr. Erickson concluded by saying, "While we still want to reach an agreement and are hopeful that a labor disruption can be avoided, as a result of this development the Company will implement its contingency plans to mitigate the impact of any work stoppage."

About Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings, Inc.:

AAWW is the parent company of Atlas Air, Inc. (Atlas) and Polar Air Cargo, Inc. (Polar), which together operate the world's largest fleet of Boeing 747 freighter aircraft.

Atlas is the world's leading provider of ACMI (aircraft, crew, maintenance and insurance) freighter aircraft to major airlines around the globe. Polar is among the world's leading providers of airport-to-airport freight carriage. Polar operates a global, scheduled-service network and serves major trade lanes of the world.

Through both of its principal subsidiaries, AAWW also provides commercial and military charter services.

AAWW's press releases, SEC filings and other information may be accessed through the Company's home page, www.atlasair.com.
 

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Why would ALPA turn down arbitration? I guess they expect to get a better deal on their own.

Still waiting patiently for a call.
 

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GogglesPisano said:
Why would ALPA turn down arbitration? I guess they expect to get a better deal on their own.

Still waiting patiently for a call.
Next weeks class has been cancelled, probably done hiring until next year after all this is worked out. At least that is the word around.
 

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KeroseneSnorter said:
Next weeks class has been cancelled, probably done hiring until next year after all this is worked out. At least that is the word around.
Yet another victory for ALPA?!
 
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Don't forget, this press release is WRITTEN by Polar Management and released on www.atlasair.com.

The part about 10.5% pay bringing Polar to parity with Atlas is a straight-up lie. You can do the math yourself looking on airlinepilotpay.com. It would take over 23% pay increase to bring the Polar group up to the Atlas pay.

It's going to get ugly.
 

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Geronimo4497 said:
Yet another victory for ALPA?!
Sept class was it for the year anyhow, that has been the plan for a couple of months now according to HR due to the busy season coming up. I was told that they expected a class in Sept. but that it had not been confirmed, August was the last for sure class anyhow. Plus they are way behind on getting the IOE's done from what I hear, Lost of guys sitting waiting for a check airman to free up. Some are in their second month of sitting at home getting paid while waiting for a slot, so there is a good chance that hiring was going to stop until they caught up anyhow.
 

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Geronimo4497 said:
Yet another victory for ALPA?!
If it gets the pilots a better contract with higher pay without bankrupting the company, then yes -- it will be a victory for ALPA.
 

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Does anyone know if this affects Atlas classes this year?
 

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Fliteidol said:
I hear Sep 16th is the deadline! Any confirmation?
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From the article at the top of the thread:

The 30-day cooling off period is set to expire at 12:01 a.m. EDT on September 16, 2005.
 

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GogglesPisano said:
Why would ALPA turn down arbitration? I guess they expect to get a better deal on their own.

Still waiting patiently for a call.
Alaska Airlines is the example of what arbitration can do to you in this current environment.
 

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No problem, thought it was a trick question. :D
 

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furloughfodder said:
Don't forget, this press release is WRITTEN by Polar Management and released on www.atlasair.com.

The part about 10.5% pay bringing Polar to parity with Atlas is a straight-up lie. You can do the math yourself looking on airlinepilotpay.com. It would take over 23% pay increase to bring the Polar group up to the Atlas pay.

It's going to get ugly.
I couldn't agree with you more. As long as the company keeps this up the game of "Chicken" will continue.
 

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Nice to see a pilot group with some cajones. I hope to be a part of that someday.
 

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:cool: Me too...Capt LT! Maybe we will see each other there on the school yard!
 

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Good luck with PO

If things go the way the posturing is, PO will not be doing much hiring. Potential layoffs and planes to Atlas. Until there is one pilot group, management will keep playing one off the other.
 
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Atlas Mangement is in the process today of notifying probationary crew members in the Polar side that they are FIRED. Atlas management is using this strategy during the 30 day cooling off period to strike fear into the pilot group.

There are about 50+ pilots at Polar that are still on probabtion, and they are all being fired as of today....just because they can.

Gotta love this biz.
 
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