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Teamsters to hold 'no confidence' vote for Republic Airways CEO

Pilots for Indianapolis USA-based carrier Republic Airways Holdings (NASDAQ: RJET) said they have taken their frustration over lingering contract negotiations to the ballot box.

US labour union the International Brotherhood of Teamsters Local No 357 said its executive board has authorized a vote of “no confidence” in Wayne Heller, COO of Republic Airways and his senior management team.

Heller and his team have represented the company during the contract negotiations.

Pilots for Chautauqua, Shuttle America, and Republic Airlines will be able to cast electronic votes through noon ET October 7.

Union leaders cite Heller´s refusal to bargain in good faith at the negotiating table as a big reason for the vote. The union said that Heller unilaterally changed a “final offer” in face of overwhelming pilot disapproval without first presenting it to the union at the bargaining table.

The union said that Heller and his team have refused to bargain since March 2013 despite new proposals presented by the union.

Heller misrepresented the company´s financial industry positions (contrary to corporate SEC and DOT filings) to the National Mediation Board. Unfortunately, company representatives can face criminal charges for misrepresenting data to the SEC or DOT, but not for misrepresenting data to the pilots.

The union also alleges that the company has attempted to prevent the hiring of RAH pilots at other airlines in order to reduce attrition. It said that Heller has allowed “corporate mismanagement” of FAA Safety Programs.

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