Release # 01.02
January 16, 2001
Media Advisory: Sun Country ALPA Pilots To Hold Informational Picketing in Milwaukee
MINNEAPOLIS -- Sun Country Airlines pilots, who are represented by the Air Line Pilots Association, International, will conduct informational picketing January 17 in Milwaukee to demonstrate their frustration with the companys refusal to seriously address the most important issues in their negotiations for a new contract.
Contract negotiations began in May 2000. More than eight months of negotiations have failed to produce any significant progress on economic issues such as pay rates and retirement. The pilots filed for federal mediation with the National Mediation Board on Nov. 20, 2000, but progress continues to be slow even in the federally-administered talks.
"Sun Country pilots are picketing to publicize our interest in achieving a negotiated agreement with management that provides the deserved improvements to pilot pay and retirement in this contract," said Capt. George Barbes, chairman of the Sun Country ALPA unit.
Sun Country pilots informational picketing will be held as follows:
Wednesday, January 17, 2000
Milwaukee Mitchell International Airport -- On the sidewalk in front of the terminal
With headquarters in Mendota Heights, Minn., Sun Countrys 300 pilots provide charter and scheduled service in the United States and to foreign destinations with a fleet of DC-10 and Boeing 727-200 aircraft.
Formed in 1931, ALPA is the worlds oldest and largest pilots union, representing 59,000 airline pilots at 49 carriers in the United States and Canada.
ALPA Contacts: Teresa Mattick, 703-481-4463
Rick Herman, 651-336-9012 (available on-site in Milwaukee)