ATSG wins pilots ruling on single carrier issue

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The National Mediation Board (NMB) has ruled in favour of Air Transport Services Group’s (ATSG) airline subsidiaries in deciding they do not operate as a single transportation system – as defined under the US Railway Labor Act – for purposes of the labor representation of their pilots.

ATSG owns and operates two airlines with separate and distinct US FAA Part 121 Air Carrier certificates – ABX Air and Air Transport International.

Pilot employees of ABX Air are represented by IBT Local 1224 while pilots of Air Transport International are represented by the Air Line Pilots Association, which opposed the Airline Division of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters’ filing with the NMB.

The determination was in response to an October 2016 application from the IBT, which sought a ruling that would have required the representation of all airline pilot employees of the companies by a single collective bargaining representative.

ATSG, through its leasing and airline subsidiaries, is the world’s largest owner and operator of converted Boeing 767F aircraft and provides aircraft leasing, air cargo lift, aircraft maintenance services and airport ground services.