The International Brotherhood of Teamsters issued this statement:
Mechanics at ExpressJet, a regional carrier for United Airlines, begin informational picketing at the company’s locations throughout the country on Tuesday, November 26. They want the public to know that after ten years of concessions they are no longer waiting for the airline to do the right thing, and it could cause the company’s service to suffer because more and more of them are quitting every day.
There is a known shortage of aviation mechanics. These dedicated professionals have stayed loyal to ExpressJet through thick and thin, but no more. The company is trying to take their retirement and use that to fund a paltry wage increase that leaves them thousands of dollars behind their peers in the regional industry. With no future talks scheduled many given up and are moving on. ExpressJet customers deserve to know the truth.
ExpressJet Airlines, a United Express carrier, began assigning pilots to its Embraer E175 aircraft base of operations at Chicago O’HareInternational Airport, in advance of a January 1, 2020 open.
The E175 base will be in addition to ExpressJet’s existing ERJ145 pilot, flight attendant, and maintenance bases in Chicago.
This is ExpressJet’s second E175 base, after the first base opened at Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental Airport.
All photos by ExpressJet Airlines.
ExpressJet Airlines, a United Express carrier, announced that it will open a flight crew base at Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD) to support its growing fleet of new Embraer E175 aircraft.
ExpressJet began flying E175s in June and will expand its fleet to include 25 of the aircraft by year-end. It currently has an E175 crew base at Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH).
To support its rapid growth, ExpressJet is hiring more than 600 new pilots in 2019. ExpressJet pilots enjoy top compensation, work rules and quality of life as well as a direct path to a flying career at United Airlines through the United Career Path Program. Pilots who sign on with ExpressJet can expect a quick selection process, an immediate class date, and to bid for flying within three months.
The International Brotherhood of Teamsters issued this statement:
ExpressJet Airlines, a carrier in which United Airlines holds a 49 percent stake, sent a clear message to its aircraft mechanics this week by passing a regressive compensation proposal early in the negotiations process. In response the Teamsters Airline Division has asked the National Mediation Board (NMB), the federal agency that oversees airline labor relations, for mediation assistance.
“Bargaining requires that the union and company try to move closer together, not further apart” said Capt. David Bourne, Director of the Teamsters Airline Division.
The company’s offer came during negotiations that were held on June 25 and 26 in Atlanta. At the end of the first day the company presented a regressive offer that proposed less total compensation for ExpressJet mechanics than the previous offer, convincing Teamster negotiators that the parties needed government mediation assistance to reach an agreement.
“ExpressJet mechanics are paid about half of what United Airlines mechanics make even though they all pass the FAA’s difficult licensing requirements; this is because ExpressJet is considered a ‘regional’ airline in the United Airlines system,” said Bourne. “ExpressJet mechanics are not asking for the same wages as United Airlines mechanics, but they expect to be paid for their skill and experience in a market where there is increased demand and fewer licensed mechanics entering the field.”
The mechanics agreed to pay cuts in 2008 to avoid ExpressJet declaring bankruptcy. After bargaining for almost ten years with its mechanics over restoring their wages, in 2017 ExpressJet agreed in a one-year contract to bring back pay to 2008 levels. Contract talks opened again in 2019.
“Over half of our remaining mechanics are in a ‘wait and see’ posture, hoping the new ownership led by United Airlines will be a better bargaining partner than the former owner,” said Bourne. “Unfortunately the company’s first compensation offer was unrealistic and the second was even worse. It’s very disheartening to these mechanics, most of whom remain here with the expectation that the new owners will pay them what the market for mechanics demands.”
ExpressJet Airlines, a United Express carrier, on June 13, 2019 began service with its newest aircraft type – the Embraer E175.
The first flight, UA4042 departed Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental Airport for Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.
ExpressJet is adding 25 new E175s to its fleet in 2019. To date, the airline has taken delivery of four E175s and will continue adding new aircraft throughout the year. Additionally, ExpressJet recently expanded its crew training capabilities with the addition of an E175 full-motion flight simulator and a cabin door trainer at its Houston Training Complex.
To support its rapid growth, ExpressJet has hired more than 350 new pilots since the start of the year and will double that number by year end.
All photos by the airline.
ExpressJet Airlines, a United Express carrier, this week took delivery of its first of 25 new Embraer E175 aircraft (N601UX) in a handover ceremony at the Embraer factory and delivery center in São José dos Campos, Brazil.
ExpressJet will take delivery of new E175s through the remainder of 2019. Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) will serve as the airline’s first E175 base, with a second base location to be announced soon.
ExpressJet Airlines’ first of 25 new Embraer E175 aircraft. (PRNewsfoto/ExpressJet Airlines)
To support its E175 fleet growth, ExpressJet is hiring more than 600 new pilots in 2019. Pilots who sign on with ExpressJet can expect a quick selection process, an immediate class date, and to bid for flying within three months. Pilots interested in signing on with ExpressJet should apply at expressjet.com/pilots or airlineapps.com.
ExpressJet Airlines, a United Express carrier, today introduced a flexible-option Rotor Transition Program that provides financial assistance for rotor pilots to gain the fixed-wing certifications necessary to begin a flying career with ExpressJet. The program provides up to $22,000 in assistance and the flexibility for participants to choose where they complete their certifications.
“The ExpressJet Rotor Transition Program offers the ultimate in flexibility for rotor pilots to complete the final steps to become a commercial airline pilot,” said Vice President of Flight Operations Greg Wooley. “We partner with the participant to develop their path to ExpressJet – whether it’s through a local flight school, on a personal aircraft or with a flying club.”
Pilots who enlist in the program are provided with up to six months to earn their certifications through the qualifying path of the pilot’s choice. After meeting all hiring requirements, participants are offered a first officer position with ExpressJet. Additionally, ExpressJet covers the cost of necessary ATP CTP courses.
In 2019, ExpressJet will hire more than 600 new pilots as it grows with new Embraer E175 aircraft. Pilots who sign on with ExpressJet can expect a quick selection process, an immediate class date, and to bid for flying within three months.
More information about the ExpressJet Rotor Transition Program is available at expressjet.com/rotor.