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Polar Air Cargo ON STRIKE!

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Jan 15, 2004

Fellow aviators, please help in getting the Polar guys and gals home. Hopefully there will be a quick resolution to this.

Good luck.
Good luck to all the gents and gentettes at Polar. Know that every pilot worth his/her salt is behind ya!!

Let us know what we can do to help!!
Press Release

WASHINGTON, Sept. 16 /PRNewswire/ -- The following statement was issued today by Captain Bobb Henderson, chairman of the Polar Air Cargo crewmembers' Master Executive Council, a unit of the Air Line Pilots Association, International (ALPA).

"As of 1:34 a.m. EDT, on September 16th, Polar Air Cargo crewmembers are on strike. We have negotiated with our management for more than two years to achieve a fair contract that recognizes our real worth to this company. Polar crewmembers have numerous years of flight experience and advanced education, and are simply not fairly compensated for an airline of this size, sophistication, and profitability. In response to our concerns about compensation, our management has generally offered nothing more than numbers that were well below what our peers are paid. They have continued to negotiate using smoke, mirrors, and slight of hand. We are saddened that management has refused to address our issues at the negotiating table prior to our strike deadline, leaving us with no choice but to walk away from our livelihoods to get the contract that we deserve. We have always been prepared to settle but management has forced our hand to exercise our self-help option.

"We feel that our proposal is fair and reasonable and we remain fully committed to working with management to resolve this situation. After all, we are professional airline pilots, and we want to be flying, not walking the picket line."

Polar Air Cargo crewmembers have been in contract negotiations since February 2003 and in mediation since June of that year.

Polar Air Cargo is a U.S. certificated all cargo air carrier operating a fleet of 12 Boeing 747 freighters in a global scheduled-service network that serves major trade lanes around the world. Polar is a wholly owned subsidiary of Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings, Inc. (OTC: AAWW.PK - News), based in Purchase, NY.

Formed in 1931, ALPA is the world's largest pilots union, representing 64,000 airline pilots at 41 carriers in the United States and Canada. Its Web site is at http://www.alpa.org.
POLAR guys & gals-

This news is unfortunate.

Hopefully there will be a quick resolution to this.


What's the Atlas side doing about this?

If the Atlas pilots have any stones at all they will strike with the Polar guys and shut down the entire operation, especially since they are next. Of course ALPA is not likely to authorize anything like this as DW is to busy worrying about the future of his pension at the moment.
Just wanted to give my support to the Polar guys and my bud- Whale Rider walking the line at LAX today.

Keep it up guys and hope for the best outcome!
My support as well. Where do we send the check?
Good luck guys! I agree that the Atlas pilots should show some unity - otherwise this whipsaw will bite them in the a$$ next time around....

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