Teamster flight dispatchers ratify Atlas and Polar Air agreement

Atlas Air Boeing 747-8F
Atlas Air Boeing 747-8F

International Brotherhood of Teamsters flight dispatchers at Atlas Air and Polar Air Cargo have voted to ratify changes to their existing contracts, extending it for four years.

The provision of the new agreement, which becomes amendable on 12 November 2021, include a 30 per cent wage increase over the life of the contract as well as generous moving provisions for members affected by moving flight dispatch operations to Cincinnati.

100 per cent of flight dispatchers voted with 74 per cent in favour of ratification.

Teamster Local 210 principal officer, George Miranda says: “I’m very happy to see this agreement ratified. We have reached an agreement that’s amenable to everyone involved, and we’re looking forward to having a positive relationship with Atlas Air and Polar Air Cargo in the coming years.”

Teamsters Airline Division director, Captain David Bourne says: “The agreement ratified recognises the relocation needs of the company and helps position it to continue its record of growth and its preeminent position as a world class airline.”

“I would like to commend the leadership and negotiators, especially the stewards – Dennis Gerber, Bernie Mackey and Yaqub Malik, along with Local 210 Representative Cynthia de Figueiredo, International Representative Captain Paul Alves, Deputy Division Director Steven Nagrotsky and Atlas Air and Polar Air Cargo management for their professionalism and diligence in the negotiations.”

Long time Atlas Air pilot and APA Teamsters Local 1224 executive chairman, Robert Kirchner says: “We stand together with Atlas flight dispatchers and are pleased to see that they reached an agreement with the company that recognises the vital role they play for our business and our customers. In that same spirit, we call on Atlas Air executives to address the serious challenges that face our operations.”

“As our pilots continue to leave due to substandard pay and working conditions, the attrition and retention issues at our airline should be a top concern and one that underscores the need to work with pilots on fair, honest solutions to these issues.”