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.