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Pilot’s Strike Could Ruin Online Retailers

A new development might be pouring water on your Cyber Monday flame. For those at have been living under a rock, aka binge watching holiday

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A new development might be pouring water on your Cyber Monday flame. For those at have been living under a rock, aka binge watching holiday movies, there’s a pilot strike going on. Breaking news as of this morning, over 200 pilots from ABX Air, a subsidiary of Air Transport Services Group, which provides shipping services to Amazon and DHL Worldwide Express, went on strike to protest staffing shortages.

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ABX Air runs 35 daily flights for Amazon and 45 for DHL, according to Business Insider. This ongoing strike could mean major holiday package delays.

Amazon said in a statement that it is “confident in [its] ability to serve customers.”

ABX Air’s president, John Starkovich, told Business Insider that the company is informing customers and affected parties about interruptions in flight operations to allow them to plan accordingly until things go back to normal.

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“We stand ready to assist our customers in any way we can to minimize any impact on their own operations during this critical holiday period,” Starkovich told Business Insider.

Also, ABX Air is currently seeking a court order that would force the pilots back to work.

“We expect the court will uphold our position that the actions taken by the union to refuse work assignments is not legal, and the issues involved constitute a minor dispute to be resolved via arbitration under terms of our current labor agreements,” Starkovich said.

The strike has been brought on as companies have forced pilots to fly during their contractual time off. These forced flights were documented as “emergency assignments”. The pilot’s union told Business Insider that the pilots had to cover more than 8,000 emergency assignments on these days off due to staffing issues.

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