Shuttle/Republic Relations

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September 29, 2005

Bryan Bedford
Chief Executive Officer
Republic Airways Holdings, Inc.
8909 Purdue Road
Suite 300
Indianapolis, IN 46268

RE: Deteriorating Labor Relations

Dear Mr. Bedford:

This letter is to address concerns that the Union has regarding the company’s blatant violations of the Collective Bargaining Agreement which we perceive as an overall lack of respect for Union officials and the pilot group in general. As you well know, Republic Airways Holdings, Inc.’s acquisition of Shuttle America and the recent certification of Republic Airlines and the asset transaction of Mid Atlantic have caused numerous problems. It appears that the company is not prepared to handle the growth and has totally disregarded contract compliance.

First, we have recently learned that the latest Shuttle America 170 bid was awarded solely to former Shuttle SAAB pilots, even though there were more senior Chautauqua pilots that had bid for this award. This is a blatant violation of the Filling of Vacancies Article and the Seniority Article of the contract. I spoke to Chief Operating Officer, Wayne Heller, last week regarding this issue and he admitted that the company purposely violated the contract. Mr. Heller’s purported rationale for the company’s actions was that he felt like the SAAB pilots who were awarded the 170 flying would ultimately be senior to those Chautauqua pilots who had also bid for the award. I wasn’t aware that Mr. Heller had a legal background in seniority integration awards. We have filed a grievance on this matter and hereby demand that you rescind the award and award the 170 flying in seniority order per the Collective Bargaining Agreement. Additionally, the company’s action in this regard is causing friction amongst the Chautauqua pilot group and former SAAB Shuttle pilots. The Union will hold the company solely responsible for this animosity.

Secondly, as we informed you at our last operations meeting on September 16, 2005, there were Chautauqua pilots who bid for and were awarded Republic 170 flying then, subsequently, the award was cancelled and the pilots were forced into a Shuttle 170
class. This is another example of a violation of the Filling of Vacancies Article of the Collective Bargaining Agreement.

Thirdly, the company has on more than one occasion violated the due process provision in the Resolution of Disputes Article concerning disciplinary meetings with pilots. The company is confronting pilots without affording the pilot’s the right to Union representation.

While operational problems often occur in periods of rapid growth, such as is occurring in the Republic Airways family, it is not an excuse to disregard the Collective Bargaining Agreement. This Local fought long and hard to achieve the Agreement and we expect the company to adhere to that which it has agreed.

The Union recently worked with the company in support of the J4J modification agreement and we are immediately confronted with contract violations as soon as the desired results were achieved. We will seriously pause before accommodating any company request in the future. The Union has lost a lot of respect for your management team because of the company’s recent actions. I am hereby requesting that you immediately remedy these contract violations and personally make it a goal to improve labor relations with this Local. Otherwise, the future can only get worse.

Very truly yours,

E.E. Sowell
President and General Counsel

cc: Don Treichler, Airline Division Director
Tiffany Moline, Business Agent
CHQ Executive Council
Republic Airways Holdings, Inc. Pilots
Ron Lucas, President Local 264
 

T-Storm Chaser

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Seems like there is some trouble brewing over there in Neverland. I thought everything was all peachy over there.
 

FlyingDawg

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Theres alot more to this story than you read on this messageboard.

Company management has been in contact with the arbitrator, effectivbely tainting the seniority merger outcome. Under Allegheny-Mohawk LPPs, compoany management is not part of the arbitration process.
 

StarChecker

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FlyingDawg said:
Theres alot more to this story than you read on this messageboard.

Company management has been in contact with the arbitrator, effectivbely tainting the seniority merger outcome. Under Allegheny-Mohawk LPPs, compoany management is not part of the arbitration process.

Not to mention the pilots being "integrated" onto our seniority list by MANAGEMENT! These outrageous violations of RLA and our CBA must be stopped.
 

Axel

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Please don't everybody start running off at the mouth, as did the big-mouth thread starter. None of this is any big secret, but typically everyone on these boards runs amok with stuff like this without having the whole story and it turns into a sea of uninformed noise.

There is a lot more to this than what was posted starting the thread and then a couple of tidbits thrown in. If you post your opinion based upon what you have read above you are posting from a position of ignorance.
 

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Hey!
Keep Intra Company Comm Off Of Public Boards. You Should Know Better!
 

elag777

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E E Sowell,
What surprises me is that you still think everything is rightfully yours. You had the same attitude three years ago when you used SA as a bargaining tool to your advantage, only because SA did the right thing by your group, and helped by holding off the vote on the J4J until you straightened your own mess out
 
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EMBPLT

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This is nobody's business but the pilots of RAH. Be smart and keep company information off this website.
 

elag777

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Integrity

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MINIME

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Truly God's gift to aviation!!!!!!!!!!
Nice little hotties on there though.....nice touch
 

TNPILOT

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Tool!!!!!!!!!!!! Shocking that he went to Riddle. Also, is it just me or is 400 instrument a little high for just 1800TT. Last time I checked "instrument" time referred to actual IMC and maybe hood time. Seems a little high.
 

sleddriver77

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It's almost equally disturbing that we all took the time to check it out...
 

dollacrackho

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those girls in the picture on that site need to become acquainted with the business end of my love pipe. that being said , have shuttle pilots already started training for the 170.
 

DrewBlows

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dollacrackho said:
those girls in the picture on that site need to become acquainted with the business end of my love pipe.
Someone's been reading Penthouse Forums.:blush:
 

chickenwolf

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Wow, pilots monument to himself even has his name over and over again, as the background!!!!!
I bet he looks at himself in the mirror when spanks his monkey.
 
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