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Spirit Pilot Contract Negotiantions end: Strike loms

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Mar 1, 2006
Spirit Pilot Contract Negotiations End: Strike Looms

Pilots Picket Airport and Company Headquarters Demanding a New Contract

Press Release Source: Air Line Pilots Association, Int’l (ALPA) On Monday February 22, 2010, 5:43 pm EST
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Spirit pilots, represented by the Air Line Pilots Association, Int’l (ALPA), concluded mediated talks with the company on February 18 without any progress toward a new contract. The pilots have been negotiating for three-and-a-half years and in federally mediated talks for over six months. The end of scheduled talks may result in the pilots calling a lawful strike should the group be released to seek self-help from the National Mediation Board.
Spirit Airlines has been profitable for four consecutive quarters, enjoys the lowest cost per block in the industry, and claims that it is growing. However, the company continues to put forward a five-year contract with $31 million in concessions, including work rule changes that would allow the company to furlough more than 54 pilots.
“Even in harsh dictatorships, they give you a blindfold and a cigarette before the hanging,” said Sean Creed, Spirit MEC chair. “In this operation, they want you to put the noose around your own neck and pull the trap door open yourself—which is exactly what we would be doing if we were to agree to these demands.”
Spirit management has also requested changes to the contract that directly jeopardize the quality of life, health, and safety of its pilots. For example, the company proposes that longevity be based on hours flown per year rather than years of service. Pilots who try to meet their family obligations and live reasonable lives would stand to lose hundreds of thousands of dollars over the course of a career. Additionally, pilots may feel pressured to fly even when sick or fatigued in order to build hours and increase their income.
“The picture is painfully clear,” said ALPA president Capt. John Prater. “After everything our Association has done to try to recover from a lost decade in this industry, Spirit management is trying to restart the race to the bottom. I am proud of our Spirit pilot leadership and membership for standing up to absurd and grossly unfair demands and for insisting that they receive compensation appropriate to pilots flying Airbus aircraft at a major carrier.”
Spirit pilots marked the end of mediated talks by holding two picketing events over the past few days. On Friday, February 19, more than 60 pilots demonstrated at the Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood airport—the main hub of Spirit Airlines. The pilots gathered in force again on Monday, February 22, right outside company headquarters in Miramar, Fla., to bring the message directly to Spirit executives: “Spirit pilots are ready to call a lawful strike.”
Founded in 1931, ALPA is the world’s largest pilot union and represents 53,250 pilots at 37 airlines in the United States and Canada, including more than 500 pilots at Spirit Airlines. Visit the ALPA website at http://www.alpa.org.
Damn what a great example of greed in the corporate division, hope you guys get released. It's like all overpaid execs want every American worker to earn like third world countries, time to take back our country and jobs that give us pride to work at
worked for Midwest Express didn't it?
Longevity based on hours worked, not years on property. Unfreaking believeable. What new lows these prick$ will come up with. I hope they get released.
Allegiant model

What about the model of the Allegiant contract? Win-win for both sides
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I feel like a JetBlue contract model would would work much better...

Intl override
Night override
150% above 78 hours
Plus a minimum day of 5 hours or so to keep away from these one leg days to spend 28 hours or more in DTW, BOS, SJU, MCO, RSW, TPA, and so on.

I am a little concerned about the lack of communication from the MEC...they sent out this strike preparedness pamphlet and silence, except for a few meeting reminders.
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Good luck to ya!!! If ya do strike then I hope you picket a lot of your bases. Let the public know and hand out one page flyers.

Again, good luck!!!
worked for Midwest Express didn't it?

You must mean the took a paycut, yet management was unable to run a profitable airline, so it must surely be managements fault. Yep, that is what I think you meant to say'
Don't think so

You must mean the took a paycut, yet management was unable to run a profitable airline, so it must surely be managements fault. Yep, that is what I think you meant to say'
Back in 2000 ME was a nice little niche airline, pilots were paid below industry stds for their equipment. But they had a job at a place most seemed to like to work, Along comes ALPA and gets them industry std wages which increased the burden on the bottom line. This required management break its niche in order to generate more revenue, there airline started becoming more like other airlines they had to now start to complete on price not service, bye, bye niche. Then came the pay cut in an attempt to save the airline, then came the end. Now other thing contributed to this one being internet access to ticket pricing, other airlines grabbing market share out of the MKE hub. I think that is what I meant. Which firs the chicken or the egg?
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