On March 30, 2015, the International Brotherhood of Teamsters joined with IBT Local 357 and Republic Airways Holdings, Inc. to file a joint motion in federal district court in Indiana to dismiss all legal actions concerning the “Flight Pay Loss” dispute and other disputes that arose during the trusteeship of Local 747, which occurred in April 2009.
The court has accepted the joint filing and the joint motion was granted. The settlement puts to rest a dispute that first arose in 2010 over payments owed to the company as reimbursement for time pilots had spent conducting union business and has been ongoing since then.
"The International Brotherhood of Teamsters is glad that this matter has finally been settled,” said Capt. David Bourne, Director of the Teamsters Airline Division. "The dispute originally began over bills that had been mistakenly sent late, and it took on a life of its own. The fair settlement of this case I believe removes one of the impediments that has stood in the way of better relations between the IBT, Local 357 and Republic. Working together on this divisive issue proves that success on the bigger issue of getting an industry-leading agreement is achievable."
"The lawsuit over bills that dated from as far back as 2009 was a distraction from crucial issues we must address on behalf of our members today," said Capt. James Clark, President of IBT Local 357.
"Negotiating with the company in partnership with Capt. Bourne and the Airline Division, we were able to achieve a solution that all parties believe is fair, and that allows us to concentrate on what really matters – getting an amended agreement that is the best in the regional airline industry," Carlk added.