On Friday evening, Envoy Air president Pedro Fabregas told pilots that a union letter sent to members had inaccurate statements and that the carrier did not reject a potential proposal from the pilots union.
"While we of course respect the right of the union to communicate with its members, we won’t concede the right to set the record straight when the union’s message contains false information or any mischaracterization of communication between Envoy management and the union. We don’t enjoy having to refute our pilots union like this, but felt there was no other way," Fabregas said.
The regional carrier, owned by American Airlines Group, said that re-engaging in negotiations with the pilots union could delay American's planned launch of larger regional jets.
Keep reading for the full letter from Fabregas.
Dear Envoy Team,
After all of the communication between Envoy and union leaders over the past few months, we were disappointed to learn that ALPA leadership has written a letter to our pilots today containing a number of mischaracterizations and inaccurate statements. We’d like to set the record straight.
On March 28, our pilots voted to reject a Tentative Agreement (TA) that, if ratified, would have brought new Embraer 175 (E175) aircraft into our fleet and established Envoy as a leader among regional airlines for many years to come. While I believed the TA would have benefited our pilots and everyone at Envoy, I respected the decision by our pilots.
During negotiations and the ratification vote, we were clear in our discussions with ALPA and in communications with our pilots on this point: if the TA was rejected, American would enter into discussions with other regional carriers to fly the new aircraft. As we explained to ALPA at that time, moving on to discussions with other regional airlines was necessary for American because of the time those airlines would need to prepare for the earliest E175 deliveries. American’s discussions with other airlines began after Envoy’s pilots made their decision to not ratify the TA on March 28 and we understand that American is in the final stages of those negotiations now.
Although we had advised ALPA as to our understanding of the status of American’s negotiations, late last week ALPA leadership advised us that the union intended to make a new proposal to Envoy that would include deployment of the new aircraft at Envoy. In response, we reminded ALPA leadership of American’s ongoing negotiations and explained that American needed to complete those discussions before we are able to engage in further talks with ALPA. ALPA now contends we recently told them an offer from the union for a new TA would be “summarily rejected.” This is not accurate.
We reminded ALPA, once again, that re-engaging in negotiations at this time would further delay the completion of discussions that American is having with the other carriers and could put American’s expected E175 launch date into jeopardy.
The union also contends Envoy intends to implement a Preferential Bidding System (PBS) as punishment for rejecting the TA. This is completely false. As union leadership knows, commitments for the implementation of PBS are in the current ALPA agreement. Those commitments provide for reduced economics for our pilots if PBS was not implemented by 120 days after the restructuring contract was ratified. As part of the discussions that led to the TA, we were working with the union to avoid that penalty and, as recently as a few weeks ago, ALPA leadership informed us they were ready to move forward with implementing PBS.
While we of course respect the right of the union to communicate with its members, we won’t concede the right to set the record straight when the union’s message contains false information or any mischaracterization of communication between Envoy management and the union. We don’t enjoy having to refute our pilots union like this, but felt there was no other way.
I do want to conclude my message to you today on a positive note. Our flying business remains one of the largest regional air service providers in the country that flies for the largest airline in the world. Envoy will continue to fly approximately 200 aircraft for the foreseeable future, including our 47 larger Bombardier CRJ-700 aircraft. We’re building and improving on our culture of friendly service, dedication and teamwork and living up to our new name by serving as exceptional ambassadors and representatives to customers of the many airlines we serve.
Thank you, again, for your service to our company, our passengers and one another.