Wed, Jun 29, 2011
Nearly 70 Percent Of Pilots Approved The Consolidations
The International Brotherhood of Teamsters won the
representation election Monday for all pilots employed by
Indianapolis-based Republic Airways Holdings, receiving 68 percent
of the total vote. After certification by the National Mediation
Board (NMB), the International Brotherhood of Teamsters will become
the representative of the pilots of Chautauqua, Frontier, Lynx,
Midwest, Republic and Shuttle America.
"These pilots have chosen to make a whole new beginning,"
Teamsters General President Jim Hoffa said. "I applaud them for
their historic victory and I'm especially pleased we can announce
this wonderful news to more than 5,000 Teamsters and their families
attending the 28th International Brotherhood of Teamsters."
"We look forward to joining together with the other pilot
groups," said Local 357 Executive Council Chairman Capt. Patrick
Gannon. "We can now move forward with our goal of One List, One
Voice, One Contract."
Previously, Frontier pilots were represented by the Frontier
Airlines Pilot Association (FAPA). Midwest pilots were represented
by the Air Line Pilot Association (ALPA) and Lynx was represented
by the United Transportation Union (UTU). In 2009, Republic Airways
placed the winning bid in an auction to acquire the then-bankrupt
Frontier Airlines. In October 2010, Teamsters Local 357 filed with
the NMB for single carrier status to integrate all RAH-owned
airlines into one representative body. On April 8, 2011, the
National Mediation Board ruled that all airlines own by RAH are
operating as a single transportation system. The NMB announced in
early May that an election was required to determine the
representation for the new, combined pilot group. IBT received the
majority of the votes in the election.
The pilots of Chautauqua, Republic and Shuttle America are
working under a 2003 contract and wages. The contract has been
amendable since 2007. The pilots staged an informational picket in
Indianapolis in June. Contract negotiations are currently in
federal mediation with the NMB. The newly combined pilot group will
come under one contract following contract amalgamation
negotiations which will be initiated by Teamsters at the
appropriate time and after consultation and joint planning among
the pilots of all RAH subsidiaries.
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