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New Midwest Airlines owner to cut 100 local jobs
By Tom Daykin of the Journal Sentinel
Posted: Aug. 14, 2009 2:38 p.m.

Midwest Airlines Inc. will cut about 100 jobs from its Milwaukee-area workforce, a reduction of about 9%, company chief executive officer Bryan Bedford said Friday.

Most of the job cuts from Midwest's Oak Creek headquarters and operations at Milwaukee's Mitchell International Airport are back-office and administrative positions that duplicate jobs at Indianapolis-based Republic Airways Holdings Inc., which completed its $31 million purchase of Midwest on July 31.

"We've got to make the airline highly efficient," Bedford said.

The jobs that remain intact include mechanics at Midwest's maintenance hanger, gate agents and ground crews at Mitchell International, and customer service representatives at the headquarters and reservations center, 6744 S. Howell Ave.

Many of those employees are needed because Republic's main business is operating commuter flights for Delta Air Lines Inc., United Airlines and other major carriers. As a result, Republic doesn't have a customer service department, marketing department and other operations used by the carriers that hire Republic.

The cuts of about 100 positions will leave Midwest with around 1,000 local employees, Bedford said. Midwest has around 1,600 employees, with 1,100 employees locally, he said. Employees who are laid off will receive severance packages, he said.

Around 160 employees are receiving layoff notices, Bedford said.

But some of those employees, including mechanics, are being offered positions with Republic Airlines, one of the airlines owned by the parent corporation, Republic Airways Holdings, he said. He said those employees were notified to make sure the company complies with the law requiring 60-day notices for layoffs.

Still up in the air is the fate of over 250 Midwest pilots and flight attendants who are represented by the Air Line Pilots Association and Association of Flight Attendants.

Those unions are negotiating with the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, which represents union flight crews at Republic, over combining seniority lists of union flights crews from Republic and Midwest.

Meanwhile, Republic plans to add more flights to Midwest's schedule, which should create more jobs, Bedford said. Republic has already restored Midwest flights from Milwaukee to Louisville, Ky., and Los Angeles.

There also will be a change in aircraft, with Midwest dropping its nine 99-seat Boeing 717 jets, to be replaced by nine 99-seat Embraer 190 jets. Under Republic's ownership, Midwest's fleet will include a dozen 76-seat Embraer 170 aircraft, and 12 regional jets with 37 to 50 seats.

Also, Republic on Thursday emerged as the winning bidder in a bankruptcy auction for Denver-based Frontier Airlines. Bedford said some of the 138-seat Airbus A319 jets used by Republic will likely be shifted into service for Midwest flights to West Coast destinations.
 

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Bedford said some of the 138-seat Airbus A319 jets used by Republic will likely be shifted into service for Midwest flights to West Coast destinations.
That took what, 38 hours and 38 minutes?
 

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gotta be careful throwing up wearing a gas mask. potentially fatal mistake my friend.
 

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What is happening to the midwest pilots who fly those 717's?
 

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Also, Republic on Thursday emerged as the winning bidder in a bankruptcy auction for Denver-based Frontier Airlines. Bedford said some of the 138-seat Airbus A319 jets used by Republic will likely be shifted into service for Midwest flights to West Coast destinations.
What it took about a day? Not even?
 

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they are going to the midwest, not to midwest airlines.

frontier is simply going to open a MKE domicile and those 318/9's will "code share" with midwest on cross country flights. soon EVERY midwest flight will be "operated by" someone else.

glad to see FAPA leadership join the screw job that the IBT has been perpetuating. before it was all "our management" doing this, etc, but now with their delay in talking to us they reveal their cards as the w************************* that they are when they stole our jobs happily.
 

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New Midwest Airlines owner to cut 100 local jobs
By Tom Daykin of the Journal Sentinel
Posted: Aug. 14, 2009 2:38 p.m.

Midwest Airlines Inc. will cut about 100 jobs from its Milwaukee-area workforce, a reduction of about 9%, company chief executive officer Bryan Bedford said Friday.

Most of the job cuts from Midwest's Oak Creek headquarters and operations at Milwaukee's Mitchell International Airport are back-office and administrative positions that duplicate jobs at Indianapolis-based Republic Airways Holdings Inc., which completed its $31 million purchase of Midwest on July 31.

"We've got to make the airline highly efficient," Bedford said.

The jobs that remain intact include mechanics at Midwest's maintenance hanger, gate agents and ground crews at Mitchell International, and customer service representatives at the headquarters and reservations center, 6744 S. Howell Ave.

Many of those employees are needed because Republic's main business is operating commuter flights for Delta Air Lines Inc., United Airlines and other major carriers. As a result, Republic doesn't have a customer service department, marketing department and other operations used by the carriers that hire Republic.

The cuts of about 100 positions will leave Midwest with around 1,000 local employees, Bedford said. Midwest has around 1,600 employees, with 1,100 employees locally, he said. Employees who are laid off will receive severance packages, he said.

Around 160 employees are receiving layoff notices, Bedford said.

But some of those employees, including mechanics, are being offered positions with Republic Airlines, one of the airlines owned by the parent corporation, Republic Airways Holdings, he said. He said those employees were notified to make sure the company complies with the law requiring 60-day notices for layoffs.

Still up in the air is the fate of over 250 Midwest pilots and flight attendants who are represented by the Air Line Pilots Association and Association of Flight Attendants.

Those unions are negotiating with the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, which represents union flight crews at Republic, over combining seniority lists of union flights crews from Republic and Midwest.

Meanwhile, Republic plans to add more flights to Midwest's schedule, which should create more jobs, Bedford said. Republic has already restored Midwest flights from Milwaukee to Louisville, Ky., and Los Angeles.

There also will be a change in aircraft, with Midwest dropping its nine 99-seat Boeing 717 jets, to be replaced by nine 99-seat Embraer 190 jets. Under Republic's ownership, Midwest's fleet will include a dozen 76-seat Embraer 170 aircraft, and 12 regional jets with 37 to 50 seats.

Also, Republic on Thursday emerged as the winning bidder in a bankruptcy auction for Denver-based Frontier Airlines. Bedford said some of the 138-seat Airbus A319 jets used by Republic will likely be shifted into service for Midwest flights to West Coast destinations.
We received our Frotier/Republic TA yesterday. Based on what I've read in both the TA and other sources, the Midwest 319 will still be F9 (flown by our pilots) but will serve some Midwest Markets...flights to the West Coast, Florida, etc... However, we'll see when we get more clarification. Our TA has a number of protections for our jobs, domicile, flying all the airbus equipment, etc.
 
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We received our Frotier/Republic TA yesterday. Based on what I've read in both the TA and other sources, the Midwest 319 will still be F9 (flown by our pilots) but will serve some Midwest Markets...flights to the West Coast, Florida, etc... However, we'll see when we get more clarification. Our TA has a number of protections for our jobs, domicile, flying all the airbus equipment, etc.
So, RAH guys, explain how that is all going to work if all pilots have to be on one list? How is Frontier going to operate on a separate contract? This just gets better and better.
 

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We received our Frotier/Republic TA yesterday. Based on what I've read in both the TA and other sources, the Midwest 319 will still be F9 (flown by our pilots) but will serve some Midwest Markets...flights to the West Coast, Florida, etc... However, we'll see when we get more clarification. Our TA has a number of protections for our jobs, domicile, flying all the airbus equipment, etc.
so now FAPA is happily stealing Midwest jobs? one big, happy family.
 

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so now FAPA is happily stealing Midwest jobs? one big, happy family.
YES, i'm sure they were lined up at goodwill to steal your job. No one likes what has happened to midex man, but don't blame the pilots.
 

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Will you help us or should we silently fade away?

YX pilots blaming management will have no effect on our situation. Management is making a concerted effort to eradicate every one of us.

Republic Pilots: I've read many posts that state "we're just doing our job," "it's not our fault, we feel bad for the YX guys but there is nothing we can do about it." A comparison that I would draw would be the many war atrocities which have occurred throughout history where the offending parties who committed horrible crimes stated, "it's not our fault, we were following orders." Granted, what's being done to the YX pilots is not nearly as egregious as my example, however, to us this is a life altering experience. I'm also reading posts regarding Republic contract negotiations which state "we have to get our pay up to industry standards for the good of the profession". You came into MKE, under cut our rates until all the YX Pilots are gone AND NOW YOU WANT A PAY RAISE? WHAT ABOUT US! I don't mean to be inflammatory but actions speak louder than words.

F9 Pilots: You were recently on the bubble concerned about your future. You now have a new lease on life. F9 will be flying YX flights under some bogus code share agreement, further ensuring the end of our careers.

We need a grass roots effort from both Republic and Frontier line pilots. WILL YOU HELP?
 

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We need a grass roots effort from both Republic and Frontier line pilots. WILL YOU HELP?
Can't speak for F9 pilots, but the RP pilot group has a pretty poor track record. The company didn't get where it is buying up former nationals by having a strong pilot group.
 

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Republic Pilots: A comparison that I would draw would be the many war atrocities which have occurred throughout history where the offending parties who committed horrible crimes stated, "it's not our fault, we were following orders." Granted, what's being done to the YX pilots is not nearly as egregious as my example, however, to us this is a life altering experience.
I don't really have a dog in this fight, but wow....

Rank and file German and Japanese soldiers who murdered Jews & POW's under the guise of following orders were war criminals who knowingly or not violated international conventions, not to mention common morals (ie: you shouldn't kill someone who does not present a threat to you)

Rank and file RAH pilots (and dispatchers, mechanics etc for that matter) are not violating any laws or doing anything immoral. They simply show up for work same as they did a year ago before this whole mess started.


I'm also reading posts regarding Republic contract negotiations which state "we have to get our pay up to industry standards for the good of the profession". You came into MKE, under cut our rates until all the YX Pilots are gone AND NOW YOU WANT A PAY RAISE?

Rank and file RAH pilots have some control over pay rates by voting during their contract talks, but I'm pretty sure Bedford et al. didn't consult any pilots before making any descisions regarding operating in MKE.



WHAT ABOUT US! I don't mean to be inflammatory but actions speak louder than words.
What would you like the RAH pilots to do? Strike? Sick out? Remember they are constrained by the RLA (a la illegal job actions) just as you are.


We need a grass roots effort from both Republic and Frontier line pilots. WILL YOU HELP?
Instead of asking others to help you, why not volunteer for your union and get involved directly with the merger talks???

When one decides to become an airline pilot, one must know getting into it that all control of long-term destiny is relinquished to forces beyond your control. It's just the nature of the beast.

Obviously you're upset (pun intended), but I can't see any RAH pilot's to blame for your plight.
 

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It would be great to see those "Marketing and reservation employees" just walk off the job in solidarty of everyone at Midwest getting screwed.

Bedford loose $1,000's of dollars missing ticket sales and proper marketing for however long it takes to ramp up something of his own.
 

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I also agree that RAH pilots can just show up and do their jobs without worry about this BS.


However, RAH pilots intially have a choice to bid on a schedule to put them on routes for Midwest.

If RAH pilots really care about Midwest pilots you'll see massive displacements and slow downs for flying on the Midwest side of things. But that'll never happen.

Ignorance is bliss. So sure, RAH pilots can just show up and do their jobs. Until the next "Republic style" company comes in and under cuts them.

You cannot change what you tolerate. So management wins and learns that they can do whatever they want and pilots will just show up and do their jobs in accordance with whatever BS comes their way.
 
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Interesting: A TA between RAH and the F9 pilots, eh? This raises one of several possibilities. Here are only four:

1) The RAH pilots have ratified an amendment to Article 1 of their contract and there is no longer a requirement for RAH planes to be flown by pilots on the RAH seniority list.

2) RAH management has sold 51% of F9 to someone else to get around Article 1.

3) RAH management is acting with complete disregard for Article 1 and is daring Local 747 to do something about it.

4) There is no TA between RAH management and the F9 pilots.
 

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Rank and file RAH pilots (and dispatchers, mechanics etc for that matter) are not violating any laws or doing anything immoral. They simply show up for work same as they did a year ago before this whole mess started..
Very nice response. Some angry and disallusioned Midwest pilots are blaming RJET for all their woes. RJET was simple a bank that allowed Midwest to remain in business a few month's longer. Midwest woes started long ago. Midwest failure is due to a failure of their business plan in the free market. Obviously passengers made their choice to fly their competitors. Costs at Midwest were too high. Its so simple.

LITTLE INCOME - HUGE EXPENSES = BAD LONG-TERM BUSINESS PLAN

Midwest wasn't offering the flight options that their customer based wanted. No company should remain in business that fails its customers. Midwest employees should look to and hold their CEO and Board of Directors responsible for all its woes. Lets hope that BB can make this company successful in the current market for its passengers, shareholders, and employees.

I find many complainers on this website actually hate and despise the free market. They want a guaranteed job in a non-competitive market. That's called socialism or communism folks. If that is what you really want, Cuba and Russia are great places to live.
 
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