Republic pilots reject labour contract

Republic Airways Holdings (RAH) has announced that members of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT) Local 357 – which represents more than 2,200 pilots in RAH’s airline subsidiaries Chautauqua Airlines, Republic Airlines and Shuttle America – have failed to ratify a proposed four-year pilot labour agreement.

“We are extremely disappointed that the union’s membership failed to ratify the tentative agreement that was reached in mid-February. At a time when other regional airlines have been negotiating concessionary agreements for their pilots, we were able to reach an industry-leading contract that significantly improved pay and work rules for our pilots to vote upon,” remarked Republic Airways executive vice-president and chief operating officer Wayne Heller. “Despite the outcome of this vote, Republic remains committed to providing the safest, most reliable flight service for our legacy airline partners.”

RAH stated that the proposed contract included increases in pay that would have placed Republic pilots at or near the top of its regional airline peers, as well as including improvements in quality of life enhancements and more flexibility in scheduling, plus a significant signing bonus if it had been ratified.

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