Frontier Airlines Pilots’ Mobile Strike Center Will Join Cleveland’s 47th Annual Labor Day Parade

CLEVELAND— Frontier pilots will proudly represent the Air Line Pilots Association, Int’l in Cleveland’s Labor Day Parade this Monday. The union’s first-ever Mobile Strike Center will roll through the city’s 11th Congressional District, driven by Frontier pilots and flanked by Cleveland-area professional airline pilots from various ALPA pilot groups. The parade route ends at Luke Easter Park.

There’s a pilot connection to the park: an airfield was once located there which was briefly used by airmail pilots after the US Postal Service inaugurated airmail service in 1918. ALPA was founded in 1931 by 24 airline pilots, of whom only six survived the dangerous days of flying government airmail routes. 2018 marks the 100th anniversary of airmail service.

The Frontier pilots 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.

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 with a management ALPA sued for bad-faith bargaining.

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: Monday, September 3, 2018

WHERE: Parade route: 147th & Kinsman Ave., ending in Luke Easter Park on Martin
Luther King Jr Dr.

The Strike Bus began a 21-city nationwide tour on August 25 and will continue on to Cleveland National Air Show after the parade, one of the oldest and most established annual air shows in the country. 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 the more than 1,200 Frontier pilots. 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.

For questions or to request an interview, please contact ALPA Media at 703-481-4440 or Media@alpa.org. See pictures of the Frontier pilots’ mobile strike center.