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Old 04-02-2010, 01:10 PM
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Saw this today:



Ore. airline sues Boeing over loss of contract
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SEATTLE (AP) - An Oregon airline is suing Boeing Co. after it was ditched as a contractor on the 787 supply chain.

Evergreen International Airlines Inc. of McMinnville won a contract in 2005 to fly and maintain Boeing's "Dreamlifter" super freighters, which are 747s converted to transport large sections of the company's new 787.

The company expected to have the contract for decades, even though it was subject to review every five years. Last month, Boeing notified Evergreen it was switching the contract to New York-based Atlas Air.

Evergreen sued Boeing in federal court in Seattle on Thursday. The company said it performed its duties under the contract, and that Boeing is only switching to Atlas because it owes Atlas nearly $1 billion over delays in delivering 747-8s the company ordered.

Evergreen says it will lose $175 million in profits, and Boeing should have to pay that.

A Boeing spokeswoman did not have any immediate comment on the lawsuit.

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Old 04-02-2010, 03:44 PM
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When was the last time Evergreen bought a new aircraft from Boeing? Atlas has a very large order of 747-8's, and I can't blame Boeing for giving Atlas a shot at flying these special aircraft.

They weren't guaranteed this contract for the life of the 787 production lines, it's a renewable contract.
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Old 04-14-2010, 05:25 AM
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April 13, 2010

Evergreen International Airlines Requests Concessions from Its Pilots
Union to consider proposal as airline deals with financial troubles


WASHINGTON – Evergreen International Airlines (EIA) crewmembers, represented by the Air Line Pilots Association, Int’l (ALPA) said today that they will evaluate management’s request for concessions based on the union’s own internal economic analysis of the company’s current financial status. EIA management is seeking concessions from the pilots and flight engineers, who continue to work under 1999 wages and work rules. The crewmembers are being asked to accept significant changes to a number of important work rules in light of the company’s “financial crisis,” as current circumstances were described in a recent letter from EIA’s president.

“ALPA recognizes the company’s financial situation and is following proper procedures under our guidelines regarding management’s request for concessionary bargaining,” said William Fink, chairman of the Evergreen ALPA unit and EIA professional flight engineer. “It is the union’s job to protect the best interest of the pilots and flight engineers so these steps are necessary before entering into talks to provide the company givebacks.”

“Our union leaders and EIA crewmembers will have the backing and resources that ALPA provides to our members in this situation,” said Captain John Prater, ALPA president. “They can rely on the experience and knowledge maintained by this union as their support system.”

The two sides have met periodically over the past six years with little progress. Mediated talks began in 2005 under the supervision of the National Mediation Board (NMB). Discussions will continue with a mediator at NMB headquarters in Washington, D.C., later this week.

ALPA is the bargaining representative for the 224 pilots and flight engineers in service for EIA. Founded in 1931, ALPA represents 53,000 pilots at 38 airlines in the United States and Canada.

Visit the ALPA website at Alpa > About ALPA.
I think this sentence sums it up:

EIA management is seeking concessions from the pilots and flight engineers, who continue to work under 1999 wages and work rules.

The CPI has gone up 30% since 1999. Our contract has gone up 0% since 1999. Isn't THAT a concession?
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Old 04-14-2010, 02:08 PM
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Damn straight!! Hold the line.
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