Western Global Airlines pilots join union

The National Mediation Council on Tuesday certified the Airline Pilots Association as the negotiating representative of the 180 pilots of the all-cargo carrier Western Global Airlines. The pilots were previously not represented.

Sixty-nine percent of the attendees voted to join the world’s largest pilots union.

Western Global Airlines, based in Estero, Florida, is a 6-year-old company that flies planes under contract to airlines and logistics companies. Its fleet consists of MD-11s and Boeing 747-400 freighters. Customers include UPS, DHL Express, Postal Service, Amazon, and the Department of Defense.

The company received $ 34 million in federal COVID relief payments in last year’s CARES law, along with millions of other payroll protection program loans, which House Democrats complained about was money the company didn’t deserve because that the pandemic had not made him lose business.

In 2019, logistics company Flexport abandoned Western Global as charter operator due to service issues.

On a related note, Aloha Air Cargo runway workers last week ratified a new contract that includes beneficial wage and working rule changes, said Clazy Griswold, the Air Division coordinator. for Teamsters Local 986. Negotiations were negotiated by the National Mediation Council.

“In difficult times, we did well,” he says.

Teamsters Local 986 represents approximately 200 Aloha Air ground officers and pilots on separate contracts. Aloha Air Cargo, a subsidiary of Northern Aviation Services, operates a Boeing 767 and a 737 between the Hawaiian Islands, as well as two routes connecting Honolulu to Los Angeles and Seattle.

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