As Friday’s union vote nears on a proposed four-year pilot labor agreement between the Republic Airways Holdings and the International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT) Local 357, a leading national airline expert praises the agreement. "The TA paves the way for what appears to be a more open relationship with the company to address scheduling and operations. These issues are critical to running the very best regional airline possible. American and Envoy took a different approach – an approach some call concessionary whereas Republic is offering improvements."
The Negotiating Team for Republic Airways pilots met this week to put finishing touches on the new Tentative Agreement (TA) and briefed the Local 357 Executive Board and Stewards on the deal...Amerijet and the union met for contract negotiations with the membership represented by Local 769...The TAMC announced it will launch an investigation into engine problems at Allegiant Air...Dates set for UAL arbitrations...
Today, the Teamsters Airline Division announced that it reached a tentative agreement on a new four-year contract with Republic Airways. The more than 2,200 pilots of Republic are represented by Teamsters Local 357 in Plainfield, Ind. and fly for the Republic sister-companies Chautauqua Airlines, Republic Airlines and Shuttle America.
Republic Airways Teamsters Negotiations Team and representatives of the Company met December 17th through December 20th in Jackson, Wyoming to continue bargaining. Article 6 - (Scheduling) was Tentatively Agreed by the parties. Additionally, the parties came to agreement on most of Article 7 – (Vacancies), with only a few paragraphs remaining open; however solutions to the issues they represent are a critical focus to reaching an overall TA. The parties exchanged proposals in Article 3 - (Compensation).
A letter from Airline Division Director Capt. David Bourne to RAH crewmembers explains that no ratification vote can be held at this point after the company substantially modified its previous final offer. At this point there is no clear and definitive “Last, Best, and Final Offer” for the members to review and vote upon. The Division anticipates the NMB will call the Company and the Union back to the table for a status meeting.