Continues Attack On Pilots Group With Sham Furloughs
By Mike Mitchell
September 8, 2011 - The Teamster-represented pilots of
Republic Airways has learned that Republic plans to
furlough approximately 56 pilots despite the fact that
the profitable airline is currently so understaffed that
it asks pilots to volunteer to work overtime every day.
“This sham furlough is simply another attack by Republic
Holdings on its pilot group,” said IBT Airline Director
David Bourne. “Republic executives are trying to blame
the pilots for their own inability to create a viable
business plan at its subsidiary, Frontier a failure that
has caused Republic’s stock to lose more than two-thirds
of its value since Republic Holdings acquired Frontier.
“Rather than own up to their failed leadership, Republic executives falsely shift blame to its pilots and their union to undermine the resolve of the pilot group to obtain a new collective bargaining agreement under Teamster representation.”
Airlines IBT Local 357 Pilot Executive Council Chairman Pat
Gannon stated, “This furlough is completely unnecessary. Our
airline is currently understaffed with pilots. The Company asks
pilots every day to volunteer to work overtime. Our airline has
produced tens of millions of dollars in profit in the past year,
but the Company claims it cannot finance new aircraft because of
“Republic’s claims that it needs to furlough are false and
another effort to blame its pilots for the Company’s senior
management’s inability to develop a viable business plan at
Bourne stated further, “We believe this sham furlough may be
another tactic in Republic’s illegal campaign to interfere with
its pilots’ union representation that required the IBT to file
its lawsuit against Republic Holdings. I will instruct the IBT’s
attorneys to investigate the Company’s action and pursue any
additional legal claims raised by Republic’s announced actions
against its pilot group.”
Republic Airways Holdings, Inc. is an aviation holding corporation based in Indianapolis, Indiana, which owns six airlines operating in the United States: Chautauqua Airlines, Frontier Airlines, Republic Airlines, Shuttle America, and the former Lynx Aviation.
operates regional jet (RJ) aircraft with up to 50 seats, Shuttle America
operates Embraer 175 aircraft airliners with 76 seats, and Republic
Airlines operates Embraer 170, 175 and 190 aircraft with 70-99 seats.
Frontier Airlines operates Airbus A320 family aircraft with 120-162
The separation of the four contract airlines is due to "scope clauses" between mainline pilots and each major carrier Republic feeds. These clauses regulate the size of regional jet aircraft that affiliate carriers may operate; the intent behind such clauses is to protect mainline pilots from being replaced by lower-paid regional pilots.
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