Frontier pilots contemplate going on strike

PHOENIX, Ariz. (KSAZ) - With the holiday travel season about to begin, pilots with one major airline carrier are considering going on strike.

Frontier pilots have been at odds with the Denver-based airline over a lack of progress with their labor contract. So the union brought it's Mobile Strike Center to the Valley Monday.

The Mobile Strike Center was launched over the summer. It's a 37-foot recreational vehicle that would serve as the pilot group's formal strike center should they decide to strike.

In the Valley Monday, the union will show pilots the Mobile Strike Center and update them on the contract negotiations. 

The pilots' union says Frontier is operating under a bankruptcy-era contract, which the pilots agreed to in 2009 and 2011 when Frontier was on the brink of collapsing. The union claims this has allowed the carrier to pay it's pilots 40 to 60 percent less.

The union says since then, Frontier has adopted a discount carrier model, is profitable and growing, but has not followed through with promises to compensate pilots. 

An arbitrator did rule that the airline acted in bad faith when it did not deliver on promises made in its 2011 contract to raise pilot pay when certain profit margins were met.

Frontier says that they are actively working with their pilots and calls the Mobile Strike Center and publicity stunt. 

 

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