Solidarity Needed for Workers to Rebuild Bankrupt Airline; Pinnacle Flight
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PITTSBURGH, July 16, 2012
PITTSBURGH, July 16, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The United Steelworkers
(USW) today urged unity and solidarity for the employees of bankrupt Pinnacle
Airlines Corp. as the National Mediation Board (NMB) announced the results of
a representation election between the USW and Association of Flight
USW International Vice President at Large Carol Landry, who heads the union's
Airline Division, commended the airline employees for participating in the
democratic process and thanked those who supported the USW and fought to
retain its representation.
If no objections are filed by next Wednesday, the election results will be
certified shortly thereafter by the NMB.
Landry said that Pinnacle workers cannot be expected to continue paying the
price for management's failure to implement a business plan or develop a
realistic strategy to adapt to changes in the industry.
"Workers are rightfully frustrated about the conditions at Pinnacle," Landry
said. "After months of announcing fleet reductions and its relationships with
major carriers eroding, workers deserve to know that their jobs are secure for
more than from one day to the next."
Last week, Pinnacle announced that the wind-down of Colgan Air's United
Express flights would be complete three months sooner than previously
announced after United Air Lines asked to end all operations by Sept. 5, 2012
instead of Dec. 1 as indicated in the company's annual report. Last month,
Delta Air Lines announced that it reached an agreement with the Air Line
Pilots Association drastically reducing the number of 50-seat aircraft in the
company's regional network and potentially eliminating many of Pinnacle's
Landry said the USW hopes to see Pinnacle emerge from bankruptcy as a more
stable employer built with a strategic vision for long term viability so that
the workers who remain after restructuring completes can participate in the
"In order for that to happen," Landry said, "Pinnacle employees must be united
in solidarity and purpose, and management must include them in planning for
the future of the airline."
"Treating workers fairly and with the dignity and respect they earned through
years of hard work and sacrifice is part of the solution for success at
Pinnacle," Landry said, "not the problem."
The USW represents about 850,000 working men and women in the United States
and Canada in a wide variety of industries, ranging from glass making to
mining, paper, steel, tire and rubber and other manufacturing environments to
the public sector, service and health care industries.
For more information, contact: Maria Somma - email@example.com, 412-562-1992
SOURCE United Steelworkers (USW)
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