Atlas Air pilots ordered to stop “illegal” slowdown

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Atlas Air Worldwide pilots represented by the International Brotherhood of Teamsters have been ordered to stop their work slowdown by the Court of Appeals.

The International Brotherhood of Teamsters, International Brotherhood of Teamsters Airline Division and Local Union No 1224 have been ordered to stop an “intentional and illegal work slowdown” by Atlas Air pilots in violation of the Railway Labor Act after the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia confirmed a federal district court ruling.

The ruling from a three-judge panel blocks the union from engaging in “improper activities” such as excessive sick days or refusing to work overtime.

In denying the brotherhood’s appeal, the Court of Appeals confirms the district court’s decision that they must stop interfering in company operations.

William Flynn, chief executive officer of Atlas Air Worldwide says: “It is unfortunate that we were compelled to take this extraordinary step of seeking the underlying injunction, but we needed to do so to protect the best interests of our customers, our employees and our Company. Together with our pilots, we remain focused on continuing to provide our customers the high level of service they have come to expect.”

Saying the company values the hard work of its pilots, Flynn says Atlas Air looks forward to continuing negotiations for a joint collective bargaining agreement for the merger of Atlas Air and Southern Air.

He says: “We are committed to negotiating an updated agreement that reflects the current market and the significant role our pilots play in the success of our company.”