SkyWest Union Fight Heats Up
Both sides claimed victory last month in the latest ALPA organizing effort at SkyWest Airlines after a U.S. district court judge in San Francisco issued a preliminary injunction forcing management to allow the union to distribute pamphlets in non-work areas while refusing ALPA’s request to ban SkyWest from funding its in-house pilot association. Judge Charles Breyer also denied ALPA access to company e-mail, mailboxes and training classes. According to Breyer’s ruling, ALPA has gained the support of some 35 percent of SkyWest’s 2,650 pilots, enough to trigger an election overseen by the National Mediation Board if the union so desired. ALPA hasn’t yet called for an election, however.