Thu, Dec 07, 2006
Union Says Three Years Is Long Enough Without Contract
Astar Air Cargo's union
pilots are informally picketing the company's headquarters in
Miami. Represented by the Air Line Pilots Association, they say
they don't have a contract despite three years of negotiation with
Union representatives told the South Florida Business Journal,
"The Astar pilots have been in contract negotiations for three
years, and have not received a raise in four years other than
previously negotiated longevity increases."
The airline says that's not entirely its fault as ALPA
previously asked for a delay.
Astar spokesman Doug McKeen said, "The airline industry has been
in a state of chaos for a number of years. The former leadership of
this group of ALPA requested these negotiations be delayed because
of this chaos. The new leadership dismisses that fact."
ALPA alleges the airline's overcompensated management is placing
a unnecessary burden on the company's employees.
McKeen dismissed those claims saying, "The fact is pilot
compensation should [be], and is, based on its competitors.
Management's compensation is based on its competitors. Ownership's
compensation is based on the risk of ownership."
This is the second time pilots have protested the lack of
progress in contract negotiations by picketing the airline.
Astar Air Cargo used to be DHL Airways hauling DHL cargo.
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