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Airline Professionals Association - Teamsters Local Union No. 1224

Cargo Summit


Nearly 50 pilots and labor representatives from 15 airlines gathered in Cincinnati, Ohio on May 3-5, for a three-day Cargo Associations Summit. Participants included members of the Airline Professionals Association–Teamsters Local 1224, Teamsters Airline Division, Teamsters Local 769, International Aviation Professionals–Teamsters Local 2750, Independent Pilots Association, ALPA, and the Coalition of Airline Pilots Association. Representing Teamsters Local 1224 were President Joe Muckle and Safety Coordinator Russ Leighton; ABX Executive Council Members Doug Turner, Randy Riesbeck and Chris Mankamyer; and Omni Air Executive Council Members Dave Pyers and Chris Addington. Unfortunately, the Silver Airways Executive Council was unable to attend due to unforeseen events. Open discussion in the form of a President Roundtable and Merger Panel were a few highlights of the week. Presentations included Part 117 and fatigue risk management systems, dangerous goods (lithium batteries), labor relations, and aircraft crew maintenance insurance/“wet-lease” safety. Cargo Facts Consulting also presented statistics and an economic outlook forecast for the industry. “The attendees of this summit represented 46% of all global air freight,” said Teamsters Local 1224 President Joe Muckle. “The information shared was invaluable for our collective futures. Specifically, the economic outlook for global and domestic Cargo and Express will exceed historical norms; the financial strength of our employers’ balance sheets has never been better; the hazards in our freight are growing but can be mitigated. This summit was the first step in labor teaming up to improve a Cargo pilot’s safety, quality of life, wages, and benefits. I’d like to extend my special thanks to Chris Mankamyer, the Local 1224 staff and Jeremy Keyes for putting this together.” The event was co-organized by Chris Mankamyer, ABX Air Executive Council member and Jeremy Keyes, Kalitta Air MEC chair. “By fostering meaningful dialogue through events such as this, we cultivate cross-carrier relationships and naturally begin working together to lift the standards for all pilots flying cargo worldwide,” said Chris Mankamyer, ABX Air Executive Council member. “This was an opportunity for us who fly cargo—both exclusively and not—to gather and converse on the challenges that we are all facing, share our insights, and work together to improve the career path of those in our profession,” said Keyes.