The dedication of talented employees is essential to our growth and success. We are committed to ensuring our employees are treated equitably and fairly compensated for their hard work, and we respect their rights as employees.
Atlas is committed to full compliance with labor laws in the U.S. and globally, including the rights of our employees to exercise freedom of association and collective bargaining. In employees’ exercise of these rights, we encourage the free exchange of ideas, opinions and information, provided there is no interference. As of December 31, 2018, we had nearly 3,300 employees, approximately 1,900 of whom were pilots. Pilots of Atlas and Southern Air, and flight dispatchers of Atlas and Polar, are represented by the International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT). These employees represented approximately 58.5% of our workforce as of December 31, 2018.
As part of our commitment to a rewarding employee experience and labor relations, Atlas is focused on ensuring our employees receive fair, competitive compensation and are provided with a safe, secure and engaging work environment. Both Atlas and our pilots have legal and contractual obligations to adhere to rigorous safety standards established by the Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Defense and International Air Transport Association. We work on joint committees with IBT to address key topics on the safety and well-being of our pilots.
Following the acquisition of Southern Air in 2016, Atlas entered into negotiations with Atlas and Southern’s unions to create a new joint collective bargaining agreement that increases existing pay scales and better reflects market conditions for all our pilots. While we remain focused on a swift resolution, the negotiations have continued, and we are committed to providing regular, fact-based updates, which can found at www.AtlasAir5YPilots.com. You can also follow @AtlasAir5Y on Twitter for updates.