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Old 01-23-2019, 01:19 PM   #1  
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I work for a smallish airline. We are a less than 200 pilot group . We want to unionize. We easily have 10% interest. We have spoken with both ALPA and Teamsters and both said we were too small for them to get involved.

The group got a suggestion to come up with cash for retainer for a labor lawyer and we passed around a hat at work. We got a number of people to commit money for a retainer but haven't had a lawyer bite yet.

Can a member here provide some advice on how to move forward? Has anyone done this before from the start?
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We did this at Tradewinds back in 2006/2007.
The Teamsters were happy to have us onboard.
Management was begging us to start a union: Compensation for DH in coach from Miami to Jo’burg on days off was all of $50.00.
Also seen similar movements at Evergreen and Tower Air: Small pilot groups but no problem joining a union.
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We did this at Tradewinds back in 2006/2007.
The Teamsters were happy to have us onboard.
We spoke with Teamsters and they were not interested.
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We spoke with Teamsters and they were not interested.
Which, there’s several locals doing airline service.

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1224 does several carriers
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959

https://teamsterair.org

https://www.apa1224.org/index.aspx
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Old 01-30-2019, 01:27 PM   #5  
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Many moons ago, I was at a 135 charter operator and we tried to start a union. We even succeeded in the certification. What did I learn? If you need a union, you need to find another job. It was costly, guys got fired or trashed reputations in the fight for nothing.

They’re great at big 121 lines, at stepping stone operations, move on.


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