Say Management Growing Colgan Air At Their Expense
pilots, represented by the Air Line Pilots Association, Int'l
(ALPA), plan to conduct informational picketing Monday afternoon at
Newark Liberty International Airport.
The pilots are picketing to protest Pinnacle Airlines Corp.'s
launch of Colgan Air's first revenue-generating flight of the
Bombardier Q400 turboprop, under an Air Services Agreement with
ALPA alleges Pinnacle management used the profits garnered by
pilots' hard work to buy both Colgan Air in late 2006, and new
airplanes in 2007. The pilots also accuse the airline of stalling
contract negotiations -- those talks began in February 2005 -- and
management's refusal to recognize the pilots' contributions to the
continued success of the airline.
The union says Pinnacle management is growing Colgan Air at the
expense of Pinnacle Airlines, while its pilots continue to labor
without a contract. Both sides entered mediated negotiations in
late September 2006, which so far have failed to bear fruit.
Based in Memphis, TN, Pinnacle operates as a Northwest Airlink
and a Delta Connection carrier, and flies more than 130 regional
aircraft. Another new addition to their fleet, the CRJ-900, is
operated under the Delta Connection livery.