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Teamsters file lawsuit against ExpressJet Airlines

Teamsters file lawsuit against ExpressJet Airlines

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Teamsters file lawsuit against ExpressJet Airlines

Yesterday the International Brotherhood of Teamsters filed a lawsuit against ExpressJet Airlines, a United Express carrier, in a federal district court in Atlanta. The lawsuit alleges that the company triggered a “major dispute” under the Railway Labor Act (RLA), the law governing airline and railroad labor relations, when it unilaterally offered a bonus program to attract new airframe and powerplant (A&P) mechanics while it was negotiating with the union over fair pay rates for those workers.

The lawsuit also alleges that
the company violated the RLA by offering recruitment bonuses to mechanics
without bargaining with the union about those changes. The union requested that
the court prohibit the company from making these unilateral changes until pay
rates and bonuses could be bargained with the Teamsters, who represent
ExpressJet’s 500 mechanics and related workers.

“It may seem odd that a
union is filing a lawsuit over bonuses; however, the company is refusing to pay
all of its mechanics more, even though there is a mechanic shortage and our
members are leaving for better paying jobs at other unionized airlines,”
said Capt. David Bourne, Director of the Teamsters
Airline Division. “The solution to that is to negotiate fair
compensation that rewards all of the mechanics for their skill and hard work,
not to bypass negotiations and target only new recruits while more senior
workers are forced to either leave the company or bargain endlessly for fair
pay. The RLA requires ExpressJet to bargain with its mechanics about fair wages
and that’s what this lawsuit is intended to make the company do.”

The union expects the court to
hold a hearing on its request for a preliminary injunction in the upcoming
weeks.

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