CHICAGO—There will be a new profession joining building trades, teachers, government employees, and other unions for the first time at Chicago’s historic Southeast Side Labor Day Parade this Saturday—airline pilots. The Frontier Airlines pilot group will represent the Air Line Pilots Association, Int’l in this year’s parade, which will roll through the 10th Ward and conclude at the Friends of Labor Festival in Calumet Park.
The Frontier pilots, who have approximately 200 pilots based at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport, will be driving the Frontier Strike Bus, a 37-foot recreational vehicle brightly bearing the pilots’ message and modified to serve as a mobile strike center should the Frontier pilots be allowed to go on strike. The Strike Bus began a 21-city nationwide tour on August 25 and will continue on to Cleveland after the parade to participate in that city’s annual Labor Day Parade on Monday.
WHO: Frontier’s 1,200 pilots are currently the lowest-paid major airline pilots in North America. They fly the same routes and aircraft as other pilots but earn less than half as much as their peers. The Frontier pilot group has asked the federal government for permission to go on strike after almost three years of stalled contract negotiations.
WHAT: Come tour the Frontier pilots’ Strike Bus and learn how it would serve as a command post and mobile strike center for striking Frontier pilots if they are released from mediation and complete a 30-day cooling-off period. In the event of a pilot strike, the vehicle would be used to help track the movement of Frontier’s aircraft, set up a call center to communicate with pilots, serve as a rallying place for strike teams, and be a storehouse for supplies like picket signs.
WHEN: Saturday, September 1, 2018
WHERE: Parade route: South Ewing Avenue from 112th to Calumet Park
Friends of Labor Festival: Calumet Park, 9801 S. Avenue G
Founded in 1931, ALPA is the largest airline pilot union in the world and represents more than 60,000 pilots at 34 airlines in the United States and Canada, including about 1,500 pilots in the Chicago area. Visit the ALPA website at alpa.org or follow the Frontier pilots on Twitter @F9ALPA, and Facebook and Instagram @FrontierPilots. More information about the Frontier pilots’ fight for a contract is available at frontierbadbargain.com.