The long and ugly contract dispute between the pilots of Indianapolis-based Republic Airways and company management turned still uglier this week, as the Teamsters-represented group voted “no confidence” in COO Wayne Heller and his senior leadership team.
National Mediation Board
Unionized pilots with United Airlines and the former Continental Airlines voted overwhelmingly on July 17 to authorize a possible strike, remaining, in the words of the Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA), “wholly dissatisfied” with the pace of contract negotiations since the two airlines agreed to merge in May 2010.
U.S. lawmakers apparently have resolved a dispute over rules governing airline labor organizing that had been one of the major roadblocks to passage of a long-term FAA reauthorization bill. With that issue behind them, House and Senate leaders believe they reached agreement on a multi-year funding plan for FAA spending and programs.
The pilots of Republic Airways voted to accept the International Brotherhood of Teamsters as their collective bargaining representative by a 68-percent margin, according to a tally taken in late June.
The International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT) and the Local 1108 Executive Board received a letter yesterday from the National Mediation Board (NMB) authorizing a union vote for CitationAir pilots. Voting instructions will be mailed to CitationAir pilots soon, with voting to take place from June 14 to July 6. A simple majority (50 percent plus one vote) is needed for the union to be voted in.
The pilots of US Airways Express carrier Piedmont Airlines have applied for mediation from the National Mediation Board after 11 months of what they characterize as nearly fruitless contract talks with the company. The ALPA-represented pilots claim that management “stalling” has resulted in the sides reaching a consensus on only two sections of the proposed contract.
IBT 1108, the union representing Flight Options pilots, on October 19 said 90 percent of those voting in a strike-authorization vote approved a strike if they are released for self help. Union officials and Flight Options management were to meet late last month for the final round of National Mediation Board-led negotiations on an initial contract.
Teamsters Local 1108, the union representing some 500 pilots at fractional provider Flight Options, on September 21 mailed strike-authorization vote ballots as final sessions of mediated negotiations neared. The union and Flight Options management have been in negotiations on an initial contract since June 2006.
Teamsters Local 1108, the union representing some 500 pilots at fractional provider Flight Options, yesterday announced a strike-authorization vote as final sessions of mediated negotiations nears. “Local 1108 is ready to make a fair agreement with Flight Options management,” said Mat Slinghoff, pilot-union president.
Last month the International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT) filed with the National Mediation Board (NMB) for an election to allow the pilots at fractional aircraft operator Raytheon Travel Air to vote for union representation. If it is verified that 35 percent or more of RTA pilots have requested an election, it will be so ordered. The only fractional pilots now unionized are those flying for NetJets, who belong to IBT Local 284.
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