Teamsters win representation election at Republic Airways Holdings

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The International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT) has won a representation election for all of the airline subsidiaries of Republic Airways Holdings.

IBT was the representative body for Republic's regional airline subsidiaries - Chautauqua, Republic and Shuttle America - prior to Republic's purchase of Frontier and Midwest Airlines in 2009.

Republic folded Midwest into a single Frontier brand in 2010.

Prior to the vote Frontier was represented by independent body Frontier Airlines Pilots Association (FAPA), and its Lynx subsidiary had representation from the United Transportation Union (UTU).

The election results follow a concessionary agreement ratified by FAPA on 17 June designed to help Frontier reach a profitability improvement goal of $120 million. The agreement included postponing certain pay increases in exchange for an equity stake by the pilots in Frontier. Republic also agreed to make an effort to attract new investors to Frontier in order to drop its ownership in the Denver-based airline to a minority stake.

Republic Airways Holdings stated the vote "does not change or in any way affect that agreement. It continues business as usual at Frontier in all areas of our operations".

The company further explained upon certification by the US National Mediation Board as the single representative for pilots at all of Republic's subsidiaries, "the IBT will become responsible for representing all pilot groups, including Frontier's, and administrating their collective bargaining agreements".

In a statement announcing the Republic election results the IBT stated pilots of Chautauqua, Republic and Shuttle America are working under a 2003 collective bargaining agreement that became amendable in 2007. Pilots staged informal picketing in June, and IBT highlighted contract negotiations are currently being administered under a federal mediator.