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Amazon Air, DHL, Contracted Pilots to Protest at CVG Calling for Fair Contract Now


MEDIA ADVISORY FOR: August 20, 2019 CONTACT: Anna Susman, 646-200-5285, Dean Pearce, (646) 992-8312, (FLORENCE, Ky.) – Pilots flying for major logistics companies such as Amazon Air and DHL through contracted carriers Atlas Air, Southern Air, and ABX Air will protest at the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG) to raise alarm about their carriers’ futures and stalled contract negotiations that are creating serious working condition issues. CVG is the largest hub for each of the carriers. Atlas Air and Southern Air are owned by Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings (NASDAQ: AAWW), which suffered a poor performance last quarter. Meanwhile, ABX Air Inc. is a subsidiary of Air Transport Services Group (NASDAQ: ATSG). The pilots are represented by their union, Airline Professionals Association (APA), Teamsters Local 1224. The protest comes as Amazon Air’s operation grows more reliant on its partnership with Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky Airport (CVG) for success; Amazon broke ground on its new $1.5 billion hub at CVG this May with plans to officially open for business in 2021. Pilots will carry signs that read “AAWW + ABX Air Pilots: Overworked, underpaid & exploited. It’s just plane wrong,” and “Poor management, awful retention & low morale: Now AAWW investors are paying the price.” WHAT: Amazon Air and DHL contracted pilots to protest WHO: Atlas Air, Southern Air and ABX Air pilots WHERE: Atlas/Southern Headquarters, 7310 Turfway Rd., Florence, KY 41042 (corner of Turfway and Curtis) near CVG WHEN: Tuesday, August 20; 10am-2pm ET BACKGROUND: Pilots at the three carriers have been in negotiations to settle an industry-standard contract for multiple years and have been speaking out about the operational problems that are exacerbated by sub-standard labor contracts. According to data from AAWW, the airline’s prolonged delays have increased by 70 percent since December 2016. Meanwhile, a recent survey conducted by the pilots’ union found that more than 60 percent of pilots who participated at these carriers are preparing to leave their job and are seeking work at competitors like UPS and FedEx. The survey also found that 65 percent of the pilots who responded from Atlas Air and ABX Air have little faith that their cargo carrier has enough pilots to meet the long-term needs of Amazon and its Amazon Air program. ### The Airline Professionals Association, Teamsters Local 1224 represents pilots and flight crewmembers from 10 airlines operating across the country