Comair Pilots Respond to Announcement of Layoffs, Urge Management to Restore Focus on Contract Negotiations

Apr 27, 2001, 01:00 ET from Air Line Pilots Association

    WASHINGTON, April 27 /PRNewswire/ -- The union representing Comair pilots
 today responded to the airline's announcement that it will lay off
 approximately 2,000 non-striking employees, effective May 13.
     "We're disappointed that -- in the 32nd day of our strike, and while we
 are actively engaged with management representatives at the bargaining table
 -- management would make an announcement today that focuses more on how not to
 operate this airline, than on how to operate this airline," said Captain J.C.
 Lawson, chairman of the Comair pilots' unit of the Air Line Pilots
 Association.
     "We are committed to the bargaining process, which we firmly believe can
 yield a fair and equitable contract agreement that acknowledges the value that
 we bring to our company," he said.
     "We are under no illusion that Comair pilots are anything other than real
 airline pilots, and we expect to be treated and valued accordingly.  Our
 contract proposals are consistent with the work we perform and the
 responsibility that we bear, they would meet the needs of the Comair pilots
 and their families, and they would still allow this airline to enjoy profit
 margins that would be the envy of the industry," Lawson said.
     "We urge management to commit to restoring our operations, beginning with
 a contract that acknowledges our worth."
 
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SOURCE Air Line Pilots Association
    WASHINGTON, April 27 /PRNewswire/ -- The union representing Comair pilots
 today responded to the airline's announcement that it will lay off
 approximately 2,000 non-striking employees, effective May 13.
     "We're disappointed that -- in the 32nd day of our strike, and while we
 are actively engaged with management representatives at the bargaining table
 -- management would make an announcement today that focuses more on how not to
 operate this airline, than on how to operate this airline," said Captain J.C.
 Lawson, chairman of the Comair pilots' unit of the Air Line Pilots
 Association.
     "We are committed to the bargaining process, which we firmly believe can
 yield a fair and equitable contract agreement that acknowledges the value that
 we bring to our company," he said.
     "We are under no illusion that Comair pilots are anything other than real
 airline pilots, and we expect to be treated and valued accordingly.  Our
 contract proposals are consistent with the work we perform and the
 responsibility that we bear, they would meet the needs of the Comair pilots
 and their families, and they would still allow this airline to enjoy profit
 margins that would be the envy of the industry," Lawson said.
     "We urge management to commit to restoring our operations, beginning with
 a contract that acknowledges our worth."
 
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