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.
ExpressJet Airlines, a United Express carrier, today announced that it is welcoming Australian pilots to join in its growth by introducing a new E-3 Visa Program. The program allows Australian pilots to live in the U.S. while flying for ExpressJet. ExpressJet is hiring more than 600 pilots as it grows with 25 new Embraer E175 aircraft in 2019.
Pilots who participate in ExpressJet’s E-3 Program will complete training at the airline’s Houston, Texas, training complex, where the airline has its own E175 and ERJ145 full-motion flight simulators. Training is paid and single-occupancy hotel accommodations are provided.
After training, pilots will be based at one of ExpressJet’s five domiciles (Chicago, Illinois; Cleveland, Ohio; Knoxville, Tennessee; Houston, Texas; Newark, New Jersey) and may choose to live in base or the city of their choice by using flight and airline jumpseat privileges to travel to base.
E-3 Program pilots are eligible for ExpressJet’s $22,000 new-hire bonus and an additional $5,000bonus for an eligible type rating. In addition, pilots are eligible for ExpressJet’s health and wellness insurance plans and have access to travel privileges on United Airlines and other participating, global carriers. E-3 Program participants will also have access to a company liaison to help navigate their new careers in the U.S.
Australian pilots interested in flying for ExpressJet should apply at expressjet.com/apply or on airlineapps.com. After completing a video interview, ExpressJet will initiate the Visa application and cover costs related to the process as well as travel expenses to the U.S. Applicants can visit expressjet.com/pilots for complete qualifications and application requirements.
ExpressJet Airlines, a United Express regional carrier, announced Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) as the first flight crew base for its new Embraer E175 fleet.
ExpressJet is growing with 25 new E175s in 2019 and will hire more than 600 pilots this year alone. ExpressJet pilots enjoy top-tier 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. ExpressJet also recently increased its pilot signing bonus to $22,000, with an additional $5,000 for an eligible type rating.