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Spirit is now officially on strike (5:00 AM June 12th)

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It isn't on ALPA.ORG?
Email from MEC

"In May 2009, 98% of this pilot group voted to authorize the MEC to call a lawful strike—and this morning we did just that. At 501 a.m., June 12, your MEC called for and instituted a lawful strike against Spirit Airlines. "
Stand tall man! We are all behind you guys trying to make this a better career! You guys have done what many of us thought would never happen in this day in age.
Her you go!

Release #10.SPA7
05:01 a.m., June 12, 2010

Spirit Pilots: ON STRIKE
Hundreds of pilots walk off the job to demand fair contract

Washington—At 5:01 a.m., June 12, Spirit pilots, represented by the Air Line Pilots Association, Int’l (ALPA), went on strike against their company—and will not return to the cockpit until a fair and equitable contract is negotiated. Pilot negotiators agreed to extend the strike deadline twice in order to review final proposals put forth by both parties to keep the airline running. In the end, both sides could not reach an agreement.
“Immediately after 5:00 a.m., the Spirit Pilot Master Executive Council, as authorized by our pilots, called for and instituted a lawful strike against our management,” announced Captain Sean Creed, head of the Spirit unit of ALPA.
“Spirit pilots are willing to withdraw their services to get the contract they deserve,” said Captain John Prater, president of ALPA. “Every one of the 53,000 pilots of ALPA stands with them as they go on strike. As pilots, our livelihood is in the air—not on the picket line—but the inability of Spirit management to negotiate a contract that adequately compensates our professional members has created this dispute. I urge Spirit management to reconsider their position on the value of their experienced and professional airline pilots.”
The strike comes after nearly four years of contract negotiations and numerous attempts by the pilots to find a middle ground with management and avoid a strike. All Spirit pilots, especially first officers, have been working at below-market rates for years, and under substandard work rules.
For the past week, pilot representatives have been meeting with company officials in a last-ditch effort to reach an agreement. However, after two extensions that pushed the deadline until early Saturday morning, no agreement was reached, so the pilots were forced to use the last weapon in their arsenal and call for a lawful strike.
“No one wanted this strike—certainly not this pilot group. We have sacrificed so much to see this company prosper. Now we are sacrificing our paychecks until we get a contract that reflects our contributions to this airline,” said Creed. “This contract is not just for the pilots who currently fly for Spirit, right now. We have a responsibility to maintain our profession and pass down a legacy of a job worth having.”
At this time, pilot representatives will not comment beyond this statement.
Founded in 1931, ALPA is the world’s largest pilot union and represents 53,000 pilots at 38 airlines in the United States and Canada, including more than 440 pilots at Spirit Airlines. Visit the ALPA website at http://www.alpa.org.
Stay strong and fight for what you deserve! We are all behind you 100%. Best of luck to all of you, and kudos for having the guts, determination, and pride in your profession to fight to make it one worth having. Give em hell, Spirit pilots!

Good Job guys. Normally I'm not for this kind of thing but something has to be done. You have my support.

So what you're saying is you normally don't stand up for yourself or others except just this, well, once and a while. Grow a pair !!

Again I think Spirit misread the level of anger and frustration of the Spirit pilots and all pilots for that matter. I think they plan to let this go on for a week, not a big a loss for a short time, no fuel or pilot wages, can write the whole thing off on their taxes. Lose a couple mil to save 15 mil over 10 years, Wall Street firms are calling the shots, Baldanza is just their puppet.

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