willfly4food
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Chautauqua Pilots Vote Results

Sat Jun 21, 2003 1:54 am

Pilots at Chautauqua Airlines voted 94% in favor of an authorization to strike. They have sent a clear message that they will not participate in the "race to the bottom" that has cost Mesa pilots the respect of most of their fellow pilots.
 
redngold
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RE: Chautauqua Pilots Vote Results

Sat Jun 21, 2003 2:28 am

Is this a system-wide strike by Chautauqua, or against one partnering carrier in particular (works with Delta, USAirways, and American.)

How will this affect the mainline carriers? Will it be as bad as the Comair strike was for Delta?


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willfly4food
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RE: Chautauqua Pilots Vote Results

Sat Jun 21, 2003 2:45 am

If it goes that far it would be system wide. Or not. It might be fun to keep management guessing which part of our system we will shut down at any given time.

It is not likely to have a big effect on mainline but it should be enough of a problem for them that they will put some pressure on Wexford, Bedford, ect.
 
HAL
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RE: Chautauqua Pilots Vote Results

Sun Jun 22, 2003 3:08 pm

To all of you at Chautauqua (from a former CHQ'er), congratulations, and good luck. I know it will be tough, but stick with it - the results will be worth whatever short term pain there is.

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skymileman
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RE: Chautauqua Pilots Vote Results

Sun Jun 22, 2003 9:09 pm

Are Chatauqua pilots anywhere near reaching a settlement when this happened, or is it going to be like the Comair strike all over again? Anyone know?
 
AirT85
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RE: Chautauqua Pilots Vote Results

Mon Jun 23, 2003 1:56 am

Can someone please explain what the situation is at CHQ? I havent heard of anything so-Im a little in the dark!
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willfly4food
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RE: Chautauqua Pilots Vote Results

Mon Jun 23, 2003 3:03 am

Let me see if I can provide a quick summary.
1. Management uses 9/11 as an excuse to speed up the departure of our Saabs by sending them to another Wexford company (Shuttle America). Then they fire 125 pilots instead of furloughing them. A court settlement allowed the pilots to return about one year later. Those who followed the Saabs to SA after they were fired have not been permitted to return.
2. Current contract expired November of 2001
3. The pilot group voted down the original version of jets4jobs. Our company said well that is that. Meanwhile they were starting an alter-ego company called Republic. This airline was their way of taking the j4j flying anyway. They would pay lower wages and use that as leverage against us if they are able to get up and running before we force them to give us a contract. We want to both stop Republic and get our contract that way we will have better control over work rules and pay. They won't be able to play the "you take concessions or we will give the flying to your little whore sister" game with any new or even current flying.
4. We lost a member of our negociating team to an accident. We continued. Management sent their chief negociator to work on the start up of Republic then said "We can't negociate now, we lost one of our guys." They then pulled away from the table.
5. Management has been trying to stall long enough to get Republic running. Any stalling is not negociating in good faith.
6. We are a "fee for departure airline". That means that our codeshare partners pay us a fixed fee every thing we takeoff. Every statement our management makes about the state of the industry causing them to have to tighten belts is bull$h!t. They don't get paid by passenger load so who cares about the state of the industry.
7. The most important issue is that almost half of our pilot group makes less than 20,000 per year. That is crap. You could make that much running a frier at McD's and still be home at night with your family. Someone must stand up to try for change and fairness in this industry. I wouldn't expect anything less from the pilots of Chautauqua. They won't sell out like so many at Mesa, skywest, ect.
 
J32driver
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RE: Chautauqua Pilots Vote Results

Mon Jun 23, 2003 10:08 am

Stand tall and best of luck. I hope your pilot group is able to squash Republic like the cockroach that it is.
 
AirT85
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RE: Chautauqua Pilots Vote Results

Wed Jun 25, 2003 2:00 am

Thanks for the summary of what is going on with CHQ. Best of luck to you all...
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