October 11, 2006
ALPA President and Delta Connection ASA Pilots to Picket SkyWest Headquarters
ST. GEORGE, UTAH—Capt. Duane E. Woerth, president of the Air Line Pilots Association, International (ALPA), along with pilots from Atlantic Southeast Airlines (ASA) and other members of the Association will conduct informational picketing at the headquarters of SkyWest, Inc. (NASDAQ:SKYW). ASA operates under the “Delta Connection” livery and is a wholly owned subsidiary of SkyWest, Inc.
The Association is picketing to demonstrate its frustration with the amount of time it is taking to negotiate the pilots’ next collective bargaining agreement. Although ASA was sold to SkyWest, Inc., by Delta Air Lines, Inc. in September 2005, there has been no significant change in ASA management’s apparent lack of interest in concluding these talks. Negotiations have dragged on for more than four years, and 11 sections of the labor contract still need to be addressed.
Friday, October 13, 2006, 10:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m., MDT
SkyWest Corporate Offices, 444 South River Road, St. George, Utah 84790
The ASA pilots began negotiations with management in September 2002, when their most current contract became amendable under the terms of the Railway Labor Act. Negotiations have been conducted with the assistance of the National Mediation Board (NMB) since May 2004. However, citing the distance between the pilot and management proposals for the remaining sections of the contract, the NMB indefinitely recessed negotiations in May 2006.
Founded in 1931, ALPA is the world’s largest pilot union, representing 60,000 pilots at 40 airlines in the United States and Canada. Visit the ALPA website at www.alpa.org.
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ALPA CONTACT: Rick Bernskoetter, (678) 640-4510
John Perkinson, (703) 481-4440