In-depth coverage of air freight labor, with focuses on unions, teamsters, strikes and more.


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11 May 2016
Far-reaching regulation will affect many smaller U.S. transport operators, shippers as well as large companies.
06 Jan 2016
Air France’s troubled cargo unit faces further disruption as unions have called for five days of strikes across the carrier in January.
17 Dec 2015
Cargolux has agreed to a new labor contract with its pilots, removing the threat of a strike at Europe’s largest all-cargo airline.
16 Dec 2014
The German government has drawn up a draft law to curb the power of small but powerful niche labour unions than have mounted frequent strikes, mainly in the transport sector, paralyzing the nation’s economy throughout this year.
04 Dec 2014
London — A 24-hour strike on Dec.
YRC Freight truck driver Alphonso Lewis
02 Dec 2014
The U.S. trucking industry is committing to hire 100,000 military veterans over the next two years to fight a shortage of truck drivers as the military begins to reduce the number of active service members.
13 Nov 2014
Road and city drivers at a FedEx Freight terminal in Newark, N.J., voted against joining the Teamsters union — the second victory for FedEx Freight in four elections.
20 Oct 2014
Lufthansa Cargo said all its freighter flights will operate as scheduled as pilots began a 35-hour strike at midday that forced the parent airline to cancel 1,450 short- and medium-haul passenger flights.
06 Oct 2014
A Kansas court decision could influence 20 class action lawsuits claiming FedEx Ground drivers in the last decade were employees, not independent contractors.
Lufthansa airplane
30 Sep 2014
European air freight shippers are facing fresh disruption today as a strike by Lufthansa pilots forced the cancellation of 50 long-haul flights to and from Frankfurt, Germany, the German carrier’s global cargo hub.
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07 Mar 2014
LONG BEACH, CALIF. — The transportation and logistics industry is dealing with “significant” issues surrounding human capital and succession planning...
Iberia Airlines plane
13 Feb 2014
Iberia Airlines has reached a deal in principle with its pilots’ union, SEPLA, to “introduce permanent structural change and improve the airline’s viability,” effectively ending...
26 Nov 2013
Flagship Logistics Group is looking for a few good people to staff its new customer contact center in Indianapolis: veter
22 Oct 2013
Transportation and warehousing businesses added 23,000 jobs in September, mostly in transit and passenger transportation, as total nonfarm employment increased by 148,000 jobs, the U.S. Labor Department said on Oct. 22.
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12 Sep 2013
The U.K. today unveiled plans to sell a majority of Royal Mail in a stock market flotation expected to value the 497-year-old state postal service at around £3 billion (about US$4.75 billion).
09 Sep 2013
New Jersey’s Gov. Chris Christie has vetoed the Truck Operator Independent Contractor Act, which would have reclassified port truckers and parcel delivery truckers as employees...
Empty cargo hold on an airplane.
06 Sep 2013
A faster-paced economy wasn't evident in the August employment numbers for freight transportation industries.
26 Jun 2013
UPS has a new national master package contract, but Teamsters in many regions threw up roadblocks by voting down key supplemental agreements and a UPS Freight contract, forcing a new round of negotiations.
10 Jun 2013
Talks between Cargolux and labor unions over planned employee cost savings have broken down, shortening the odds on a str
07 Jun 2013
Employment in transportation and warehousing climbed 1.4 percent in May, as the U.S. economy added 175,000 jobs, according to data released Friday by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
20 Feb 2013
American Airlines mechanics and related workers
07 Feb 2013
The Greek Pilot’s Union has announced a 48-hour strike, which will take place from 4 a.m. GMT on Feb. 13 (11 p.m. EDT on Feb. 12) to 4 a.m. GMT on Feb. 15 (11 p.m. EDT on Feb. 14), according to Inchcape Shipping Services.
18 Dec 2012
Edward Wytkind, president of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO, today urged the U.S. Senate to pass the pending Hurricane Disaster Relief Appropriations Act to help regions affected by...
20 Nov 2012
Argentina has been hit with a 24-hour general strike affecting ports, airports, trains and road transportation.
19 Nov 2012
About 270,200 logistics jobs will be created each year in the U.S. between 2012 and 2018, according to a study from the Georgia Center of Innovation for Logistics, a division of the state’s economic development department. But U.S. vocational schools, colleges and universities are only producing about 75,280 formally trained, degreed or certified workers a year qualified for those jobs, the study found.
14 Nov 2012
Outsourced aircraft and aviation operating service provider Atlas Air Worldwide announced that dispatchers of its subsidiaries, Atlas Air and Polar Air Cargo Worldwide, have ratified a five-year collective bargaining agreement...
02 Nov 2012
Transportation and warehousing employment increased 2.2 percent in October from a year ago, but was essentially flat from the previous month.