Pilots at ABX Air flying aircraft for Amazon and DHL casted a near unanimous vote of no confidence in management on Wednesday 4 December.
Results indicate over 99.5% of voting pilots have no faith “in management’s willingness to negotiate or reach an agreement for the benefit of all stakeholders to include the shareholders, the customers, and the employees”.
Voting was open to 230 member pilots from 18 November to 26 November, with 205 voting for a Resolution of No Confidence with only one pilot voting against.
Pilots represented by the Airline Professionals Association Teamsters Local 1224 have been working for more than five years to negotiate and complete an amended contract.
They accuse management of delaying and obstructing negotiations, and the only progress in the last two and a half years has been to agree to a single definition.
The pilots say management’s negotiating strategy and its refusal to invest in its pilot employees results in poor retention, difficulty in recruiting and low morale.
They add that without management changing course, it will be difficult to attract skilled and experienced pilots.
Captain Rick Ziebarth, an ABX Air pilot and executive council chairman of Airline Professionals Association Teamsters Local 1224 says: “As we head into the busiest time of the year, ABX pilots should be focusing on delivering results for our customers. However, management’s current delay strategy serves to undermine what should be our common goal.”