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ALLIED PILOTS ASSOCIATION: “WE STRONGLY SUPPORT OUR BROTHER AND SISTER PILOTS AT ABX AIR”

FORT WORTH, Texas (Nov. 22, 2016) — The Allied Pilots Association, certified collective bargaining agent for the 15,000 pilots of American Airlines, voiced its strong support for the striking pilots of ABX Air in the following prepared statement:

“The pilots at ABX Air, represented by Teamsters Local 1224, are exercising their right to self help in response to widespread contract violations that have resulted in untenable working conditions. As a direct result of willful mismanagement, the carrier does not have a sufficient number of pilots to staff its operation, and the pilots have been paying the price by being forced to work an excessive number of emergency assignments during their off time. We strongly support our brother and sister pilots at ABX Air in their efforts to rectify this situation.”

ABX Air flies packages for Amazon and DHL Worldwide Express.

APA and Teamsters Local 1224 are both members of the Coalition of Airline Pilots Associations (CAPA), a Washington, D.C.-based trade association made up of more than 25,000 professional pilots. Along with the pilots of ABX Air, Teamsters Local 1224 represents the pilots of Allegiant Air, Atlas Air, Horizon Air, Kalitta Air, Miami Air, Omni Air, Silver Airways, and Southern Air. CAPA’s members also include the Independent Pilots Association, which represents the pilots who fly for UPS, and Teamsters Local 357 representing the pilots of Republic Airlines, Frontier Airlines, Chautauqua Airlines, and Shuttle America.

Founded in 1963, the Allied Pilots Association — the largest independent pilots union in the United States — is headquartered in Fort Worth, Texas. APA represents the 15,000 pilots of American Airlines, including several hundred pilots on full-time military leave of absence serving in the armed forces. The union’s website is www.AlliedPilots.org. American Airlines is the world’s largest passenger airline.

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