Evergreen Airlines Crewmembers Reject Company Offer


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Evergreen Airlines Crewmembers Reject Company Offer

Mike Mitchell

August 17, 2010 - Evergreen International Airlines (EIA) crewmembers, represented by the Air Line Pilots Association, Int’l (ALPA), rejected a tentative collective bargaining agreement with management.

Ninety-two percent of EIA crewmembers participated in the ratification process. Ninety-six percent of voting members cast ballots against accepting the tentative agreement.

“The crewmembers could not get past the fact that they are working under 1999 wages and work rules and would have continued to do so for another two years under the rejected tentative agreement.”


ALPA and management negotiated for two-and-a-half years. Prior to the Evergreen crewmembers joining ALPA in 2007, negotiations dragged on for over three years between the crewmembers’ independent union, The Aviators Group, and management. Mediated talks began in 2005 under the supervision of the National Mediation Board (NMB). The tentative agreement was reached in April 2010.

The tentative agreement was largely a renewal of the current collective bargaining agreement, which has been in place since 1999. The crewmembers concluded that the tentative agreement contract is not acceptable after more than 10 years of no improvements in pay or working conditions.

“The crewmembers could not get past the fact that they are working under 1999 wages and work rules and would have continued to do so for another two years under the rejected tentative agreement,” said William Fink, MEC chairman of the Evergreen pilot group. “We are aware that the holding company is struggling to meet substantial debt obligations, but are convinced that the airline can afford reasonable improvements in wages and working conditions for its employees.”

The parties now remain under the jurisdiction of the NMB, which will determine future measures for processing this case. ALPA is the bargaining representative for the 227 pilots and flight engineers in service for EIA. Founded in 1931, ALPA represents 53,000 pilots at 38 airlines in the United States and Canada.

Evergreen International Airlines is a cargo airline based in McMinnville, Oregon, USA. It operates contract freight services, offering charters and scheduled flights, as well as wet lease services. It operates services for the U.S. military and the United States Postal Service, as well as ad hoc charter flights.


Its main bases are Rickenbacker International Airport, Columbus, Ohio, John F. Kennedy International Airport, New York and Columbus Metropolitan Airport, with a hub at Hong Kong International Airport. Evergreen maintains a large aircraft maintenance and storage facility at the Pinal Air Park in Marana, Arizona that the company acquired from the CIA's Air America fleet.

The airline was established by Delford Smith (founder and owner) and began operations in 1960 as Evergreen Helicopters. It acquired the airline certificate of Johnson Flying Service and later became Evergreen International Airlines. The holding company Evergreen International Aviation, formed in 1979, wholly owns the airline.

It also owns and operates the not-for-profit Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum, home of the Spruce Goose. One of Evergreen's Boeing 747 airplanes (registered N473EV, which suffered an in-flight engine separation in 1993, and since was repaired, and then later scrapped in 2001) starred in the 1990 action film Die Hard 2.


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