Sat, Oct 07, 2006
Company Especially Needs Sikorsky Pilots
Going into its third week with striking pilots, PHI is now
offering $1,000 a day to pilots qualified on the twelve-passenger
"My understanding is PHI is really short on people that can fly
that," local union president Steve Ragin told the Lafayette Daily
Advertiser. He added that the company is offering $700 a day for
other chopper pilots.
PHI is one of the largest helicopter transport companies in the
nation, and serves both the offshore oil and gas and
air ambulance industries. Its pilots went on strike after a
nearly two-year pay dispute.
"Despite what they say, they're still critically short on
certain pilots for certain jobs. My understanding is the pilots who
are currently flying are on continuous duty and with no time off,"
Ragin told the Advertiser.
Representatives from PHI continued
to decline to comment.
A letter from the union's executive board to union pilots warns,
"If we buy into this short-term windfall offer PHI is making to us,
we will have ruined our chances for any long-term future gains our
ultimate victory will provide to not only us but every pilot in our
As Aero-News reported, pilots at PHI struck the offshore oil
platform and emergency services helo provider September 20... and received severance notices from the
company the next day. The pilots said they were tired
of waiting for a new contract; negotiations began in May
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