Atlas Air has accused its pilots of an “illegal” go-slow during contract negotiations and has a filed for a preliminary injunction against the alleged industrial action.Parent company Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings has accused unionised pilots at both Atlas and Polar Air Cargo of engaging in activity leading to “significant” network disruptions.Among the associated unions are the International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT), its Airline division, and its Airline Professionals’ Association.In a filing to the District Court of Columbia, Atlas accuses IBT members of engaging in “an unlawful, concerted work slowdown to gain advantage in pilot contract negotiations”. Included in the filing was testimony from senior vice president of flight operations at Atlas Air Jeffrey Carlson, who claimed IBT members had been engaging in “concerted slowdowns” since February 2016.He said: “After this activity began, Atlas requested the union [IBT] take effective action to stop the slowdown; but the union has refused and continues to refuse to stop the slowdown.“And it has, in fact, threatened to intensify the already significant slowdown as the busy holiday season approaches.”Mr Carlson also accuses the pilots of “abuse of sick leave”, which he said represented “continuation” of a campaign instituted by the IBT last December to disrupt peak flying season.“While this sickout ended once the 2016 holiday period ended, the threat of a further sickout during the 2017 holidays is evidenced in the union’s missive that ‘we are getting into the busy season during the second half of the year and it is now more important than ever to stay strong with your SOLIDARITY. YOU must not only honour the CBA [collective bargaining agreement] every day and on every flight, but also hold management accountable’.”And he added: “Even more recently, Captain Griffith issued a message warning that if Atlas did not put ‘real money” into the CBA during upcoming contract negotiations, ‘as a pilot crew member, I can honestly say this will not be good for their fourth quarter …’.”Mr Carlson alleged the IBT had “encouraged” pilots to call in sick as fatigued, “even if they are not in fact fatigued, as one pilot expressly told Atlas on July 22, 2017”.Earlier this year, pilots claimed operational risks at the carrier were intensifying amid a “worsening” pilot shortage that would undermine Atlas’s ability to deliver for major customers like Amazon.Captain Robert Kirchner said: “The situation at Atlas is a ticking time bomb and unless management confronts the issues threatening our carriers, the outlook for the busy fourth quarter is bleak.“We’ve seen a record number of pilots leave in 2017, and years-long delays in contract negotiations. Sub-standard pay and benefits have left our carriers ill-equipped to compete in the market.“The time for delays and denial is over, and Atlas needs to work with us on an industry-competitive pilot contract and other much-needed solutions to our staffing and operational problems.”President and chief executive William Flynn said the company had entered into a framework agreement with the pilots to return to negotiations, and this process was now underway.But alongside the legal filing, Mr Flynn said: “The US military, businesses across the globe and millions of people depend on the stability, reliability and viability of Atlas operations.“We value our commitment to our customers and the passengers and cargo entrusted to us, and we must, therefore protect the service quality we provide to our customers.”Atlas claims the IBT has violated its ‘status quo’ obligations under the Rail Labour Act by encouraging the slowdown and failing to prevent and discourage it. By Alexander Whiteman 26/09/2017
Never thought I’d see OSU beat UT in Austin 3 times in a row. Might have been 20% full by the end. Beautiful night. pic.twitter.com/HxAJdNY1AR— Nolan (@nolancox) November 16, 20139. Why does OSU keep going east-west on offense? What gets accomplished when you send Caleb Muncrief to the far side of the field on a swing pass (other than some funny tweets)? Same thing for running Jeremy Smith and (most of the time) Desmond Roland? It feels like you’re just asking for a tipped pick or, at best, a 2-yard gain. I don’t understand.While we’re here though the Jeremy Seaton rollout is going to end its career second on my all-time favorite plays list — between the Dez fade and the Randle shimmie.10. Baylor next week in Stillwater with Gameday on hand for the Big 12 title (probably)[1. I know I’m ignoring Bedlam in a horrible way that will definitely come back to bite me in early December.] — will that be something you’re interested in attending?I knew it would be a big game — I think Amilian and I called it the biggest game of the season for OSU back in August — but I didn’t think Baylor would be No. 5 and an OSU win and FSU or Bama loss from playing for the title.[1. I know I’m not ignoring Kliff in a way that will also definitely come back to bite me.]I can’t wait.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers! Photo Attribution: USATSIBOX SCOREI believe Chris Hunt said it best on Twitter — that game was borderline…enjoyable. Before kickoff I was as nervous as I’ve been for a game probably since 2011 Bedlam but there wasn’t much doubt throughout.Clint Chelf threw the alley oop to Justin Gilbert in the first half and Gilbert did his best Markel Brown 360 impression as he slammed it home with 30+ minutes left in the game with a pick-six of Case McCoy. Nothing much happened after that other than Joey Harrington formulating how he’s going to ask Case McCoy’s dad to marry him.On to the 10 thoughts…1. I texted Carson Cunningham after OSU started going into prevent offense mode with a quarter and a half left that somebody needs to introduce Yurcich to a dagger. Literally two minutes later Lavey picked poor Case off[1. Am I the only one who thinks Case throws like a homeless man’s Vince Young?] and Chelf sunk the knife. Carson texted back: There you go.The point: In 2011 OSU’s offense had to be big-time all the time. It had to go for the throat every time it had the chance. This year, it’s OK if you go three and out and punt it. It’s not ideal, but with the way this defense plays it works. That takes a lot of heat off an offense that isn’t always as high-flying as we would all like it to be.2. The announcing in this game was just incredible — go look at my Twitter timeline for some funnies. It’s not that Joey Heisman and Craig Bolerjack were pro-Texas (I think if you applied a lie detector test it would come up negative) but everything they talked about was from Texas’ perspective.OSU goes 85 yards in nine plays for an impressive score and the narrative is “well if Texas could just do THIS, they could stop THAT.” Flip it around and Texas goes 85 yards and the narrative is “WHAT AN OFFENSE!”And the “Case McCoy is a WINNER! He’s a LEADER! HE HAS MOXIE AND PASSION AND OH MY HIS BROTHER WAS COLT AND COLT ALMOST WON A NATIONAL TITLE” storyline is pretty incredible. He threw for 217 yards and three picks and I thought Harrington was going to draw a yellow heart around him on his little play illustrator.3. Speaking of QBs — Again, Iowa State aside Clint Chelf just keeps playing Clint Chelf games. A lot of fans lose their minds on Twitter (and I presume elsewhere) when he throws a pick but what do you want? Do you expect Brandon Weeden+? This line is who he is, let’s live with it and the 9-1 record:16/22 for 197 yards 2 TDs and 1 INT95 rushing yards on 10 carries and 2 TDsGo look at his game logs (heck, I’ll post them here for you). This is what you’re getting nearly every time.4. Case McCoy going at Justin Gilbert is like Petey Pablo going at Jay-Z…and yet he kept doing it. This Vine and this photo were all-time. Oh my, this photo! RT @jshiplett: Mack Brown’s face as he watched Justin Gilbert pick six – pic.twitter.com/6U6YL4R6PL— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) November 16, 2013Also, the answer to this question is a resounding “YES.”Is Gilbert in a contract year? #okstate— Kyle Fisher (@kylefisher21) November 16, 2013This is also a bit odd…Justin Gilbert’s interceptions by year: 0, 5, 0, 5.— David Ubben (@davidubben) November 16, 2013Whatever the case though he’s playing like an All-Big 12 corner. OSU needs him next week against Baylor. Robert Allen reported that his shoulder was all right during the game but as John Helsley pointed out, Robert Allen said Josh Stewart was all right last week as well.UPDATE: Gilbert said he’s fine…Justin Gilbert told media his shoulder is fine and he expects to play against Baylor. #okstate— Kelly Hines (@KellyHinesTW) November 17, 20135. The Chelf running thing is fascinating on a lot of levels. First, he now has more rush yards on the year than Jeremy Smith (308 to 306) — that’s pretty unbelievable.[1. UPDATE: I did the math wrong — it’s 329-325 Smith leads, but still.] What kind of non-injury odds could you have gotten on that in August? The other bizarre thing is that everybody continues to act like this is an anomaly.The way Harrington was talking about his running ability compared to Walsh you would have thought he was in a wheelchair! I cannot believe he can walk, much less run! Oh, do you mean the dude who has three 80+ yard rushing games in his last four outings?While we’re here…if I hear Harrington call OSU’s offense “simple” or “not that special” one more time…6. This is [email protected] playing “Beef, it’s what’s for dinner” in Austin! Well done band, well done. #okstate— Chris Hasenpflug (@chrishas35) November 16, 2013So is this.More like a turbo prop sweep. @DenLowery: Jet sweep to Tracy Moore!— Recovering OSUaholic (@RobertW_OkSt) November 16, 2013And this!https://twitter.com/okc_dave/status/401818020361682944One more!!!Better runner: Clint Chelf or Adrian Peterson?— David Ubben (@davidubben) November 16, 20137. I wrote (or said) this week that I would guarantee whichever team won the turnover battle would win the game. Not a bold prediction, I know, but OSU is now 15-2 when it wins the battle in the last two years and Texas is 2-4 when it doesn’t.The WAY OSU turned Texas over was far more important though. The pick-six was big but the Lavey pick-turned-Chelf2Moore-TD was even bigger. Glenn Spencer continues to do work.8. This photo.