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(WASHINGTON) – The following is the official statement of Teamsters Airline Division Director Capt. David Bourne in response to the U.S. Supreme Court’s denial of a petition this week by Amerijet International Inc. The cargo airline sought the court’s review of a federal appeals court ruling that said worker disputes must be arbitrated under a collective bargaining agreement regardless of whether the disputes occurred outside the United States.


Denying a petition filed by a Florida-based cargo airline, the U.S. Supreme Court Nov. 16 declined to review a federal appeals court ruling that Amerijet International Inc. must arbitrate minor disputes under a collective bargaining agreement covering flight crew members even when the relevant events occurred outside the U.S.

Amerijet contended the Railway Labor Act's dispute resolution mechanisms have no application outside the U.S. and can't be applied to job disputes that arose in Trinidad.


Negotiations for the future Collective Bargaining Agreement for pilots employed by Travel Management Company and represented by the Airline Division resumed on Tuesday, October 20, 2015 at the Staybridge Suites in Elkhart, IN, and concluded for the week mid-afternoon on Thursday, October 22.


On Tuesday and Wednesday, Teamster Airline Division Representatives Clacy Griswold and Bob Fisher, along with Rank and File committee member John Laurin who is acting as the committee scribe and historian, met with Company Reps Marcel Delhommeau, Kellee Allain, and Nate Kramer to receive the Company’s proposal.


The International Brotherhood of Teamsters Airline Division and Republic Airways Holdings Inc.(NASDAQ: RJET) announced today that pilots represented by Teamsters Local 357 voted to ratify a new three-year agreement.

Results of the vote, which were tabulated today, were 1,363 votes in favor of the agreement to 421 votes against, with 1,784, or 90 percent of eligible pilots, participating in the vote. 

Teamsters Local 357 represents more than 2,100 pilots for Republic’s subsidiaries, Republic Airlines and Shuttle America.  


On October 20th, U.S. District Judge Frederico Moreno issued a ruling denying the Motion for Reconsideration filed by Amerijet management, compelling them to proceed with arbitration with their pilots and flight engineers. In a short, single page ruling, Judge Moreno determined that the motion filed by the International Brotherhood of Teamsters was in accordance with the Court of Appeals order in the matter.


It has been reported in several stations that supervisors are characterizing the proposal to be voted on as a “TA” or tentative agreement. This package is not a TA but rather what the Company termed as a closeout proposal.