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Pilot Strike Update: Pilots Call on ABX to Address Staffing Crisis as They Return to Work



11-23-2016

Following a decision by the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio, pilots are returning to work with continued calls for the company to address the staffing crisis that has led to this strike.

“As professional pilots, we’re committed to serving our customers with integrity, and we simply want ABX executives to treat us with the same respect. ABX Air’s failure to address the staffing crisis hurts our families and compromises our ability to do our jobs and meet the needs of Amazon, DHL and other customers. We do not agree with the Judge’s decision to keep us from striking, as we believe the company’s actions represent a clear violation of the status quo as outlined by Railway Labor Act. Rather than spend more time in court, what we’d really like is for ABX to stop the “emergency” assignments and take real steps to hire and retain the number of skilled pilots we need to keep up with our customers.”
--- Rick Ziebarth, ABX pilot and Executive Council Chairman, Teamsters Local 1224

“ABX needs to honor our contract and restore the status quo, and then work with us to ensure there are enough pilots to get the job done. ABX and the other airlines that service DHL and Amazon are facing a staffing crisis, in large part because they cannot attract and retain talented pilots with the sub-standard pay and benefits they provide. Pilots should not have to go on strike to get back provisions of a contract that was taken away from them just to ensure they have adequate rest and time with their families, but ABX executives’ inability to manage its business has forced pilots and their families to compromise for too long.”
--- Dan Wells, President, Teamsters Local 1224