Republic pilots to vote on contract

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The International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT) will put a last, best and final offer from Republic Airways to a vote among pilots at the regional carrier.

The union notified Indianapolis-based Republic that the vote would be held on 27 February, less than a week after the National Mediation Board suspended talks between the parties, says Bryan Bedford, chairman, president and chief executive of the carrier, during an earnings call on 28 February.

He says that talks were suspended after the union told the mediator that it would not accept the terms of the offer during the week of 25 February.

"We view these actions that are being taken by the IBT national as a positive development, as it will give our pilots the opportunity to vote on a new agreement sooner rather than later," says Wayne Heller, chief operating officer of Republic, during the call.

The union represents 2,300 pilots at Republic. The current pilots contract with the airline has been amendable since April 2007.