With Republic management prepared to furlough 40 percent of its workforce, the establishment of a legally enforceable seniority system is of critical importance. Seniority is the cornerstone of all IAM contracts. It will provide us with job protections, the right to bid to work in other locations, the right to work the shift and days off that we are entitled, gives us preference for selecting vacation and the legal right to be recalled after a layoff.
These rights can only be guaranteed by a legally binding IAM contract. As we know, without a contract Republic Airways management can changes the rules at any time for any reason and choose “favorites.”
An IAM contract will ensure our seniority rights with agreed upon procedures to resolve any disputes.
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