Republic Management Says 32 Hours a Week is Not a Pay Cut, is Here to Stay and Submits Voter Eligibility List to NMB
In an insulting email to AMTs, Republic management once again has stated that cutting AMT’s weekly hours from 40 to 32 is NOT a pay and benefit cut and that there is no plan to restore our hours back to 40 per week. A 20 percent reduction in hours is a 20 percent pay cut and a 20 percent cut in our retirement contributions. It is insulting to the intelligence of and disrespectful to every single AMT that Republic management keeps trying to convince us that our pay and benefits have not been cut. The fact is, every single pay period we have 20 percent less money than we should have to make ends meet.
IAM contracts have legally enforceable provisions that guarantee a minimum 40 hours per week for full-time employees, and that’s just one of the many benefits that comes with a contract. We need and deserve the same.
Republic Airways this afternoon submitted the voter eligibility list to the NMB. As expected, Republic management, prodded by its high priced anti-worker law firm--Ford and Harrison--inflated the eligibility list to include every supervisor on the system to slow the process down. The IAM will challenge the inclusion of these ineligible management employees. We are now in the process of reviewing the list to ensure that the remainder is accurate.
All Republic AMTs will be advised on next steps in the process and they become available to the IAM.
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