The union representative of the pilots of Republic
Airlines and Frontier Airlines filed a lawsuit Wednesday in U.S.
District Court in Denver against Frontier Airlines Inc., its parent
company, Republic Airways Holdings Inc. and a "shell company" set
up by the rejected former union of Frontier.
The lawsuit brought by the International Brotherhood of
Teamsters (IBT) alleges that Frontier, Republic Airways Holdings
and the former union of Frontier pilots, the Frontier Airline
Pilots Association, conspired to interfere in the representation
election held in June by the National Mediation Board (NMB) among
the pilots of the airlines controlled by Republic Airways. The IBT
alleges that Frontier and Republic colluded with FAPA during the
balloting period to interfere in the election in exchange for FAPA
agreeing to concessions for Frontier pilots. FAPA recently lost a
union representation election to the IBT.
"The last-minute concession deal cut by Frontier, Republic
Airways and FAPA gave concessions in exchange for Frontier agreeing
to help FAPA perpetuate itself at Frontier no matter what the
outcome of the votes of the pilots," said IBT Airline Division
Director Capt. David Bourne. "On the eve of the ballot count, FAPA
gave pay cuts and other concessions to management in a desperate
effort to avoid a vote of the pilots and short circuit the NMB
election—that is just the sort of illegal behavior that
Congress passed the Railway Labor Act to prevent."
The lawsuit asks that the court nullify the FAPA concession
agreement. It also asks that the court issue an injunction ordering
Frontier and Republic to deal only with the IBT, who the NMB
declared to have won overwhelmingly an election among the pilots of
Republic, Frontier, Lynx Aviation and Midwest Airlines in June.