Negotiations between Kalitta and Teamsters break down

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Negotiations between Kalitta Air and the International Brotherhood of Teamsters have broken down with the union accusing the airline of not honouring key proposals.

Teamsters says that Kalitta executives claimed there were no agreements on key areas of the proposed contract, including sections written by the airline that were agreed by Teamsters negotiators.

The Teamsters and Kalitta had reached an agreement on 29 September with help from the National Mediation Board.

Local 1224-Kalitta air executive council chairman, Scott Nelson says: “Kalitta Air pilots have been doing everything we can to work with the company so we can move our airline forward, and we were pleased that we came to a strong agreement that would ensure we have enough pilots to serve customers like DHL long term.”

“But Kalitta executives broke their word and our tentative agreement, and it’s difficult to see how Kalitta Air can recover in the eyes of pilots across the United States and customers around the world.”

The union says pilots have already authorised a strike, and union attorneys and leadership are meeting to develop a response to the carrier’s latest move.