Election Administrators at Teamsters
Local 747 counted Strike Authorization Ballots Friday, which were
cast by the pilots at Chautauqua Airlines. The Chautauqua pilot
group voted 94% in favor of the option to strike if such action
becomes a necessity.
Upset over the company's recent actions regarding the formation of
alter- ego Republic Airlines and the recent cancellation of
negotiations, the Local 747 Executive Board chose to send out the
Strike Vote in an effort to express to the company the pilots'
resolve and determination for getting a satisfactory contract. The
negotiating committee also wants the company to end their attempts
to leverage contract talks and pilots' growth with the prospect of
Republic Airlines competing for existing code sharing partners.
Contract negotiations have been
taking place since November 2001 and there has been very little
movement in recent contract talks. If negotiations continue to be
unsuccessful, the negotiating committee, in accordance with the
Railway Labor Act and National Mediation Board, will ask to be
released to exercise self-help. If the National Mediation Board
does agree with the impasse and releases the pilots, there will be
a thirty-day cooling off period, in which negotiations can
continue. A strike action will not occur unless the National
Mediation Board agrees to an impasse in negotiations and releases
the pilots to do so.
Founded in 1903, the International Brotherhood of Teamsters
represents more than 1.4 million men and women throughout the
United States and Canada.