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Union claims Big Sky broke contract when it flew the coop

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in Firing,Human Resources

A group of former employees has filed suit against Big Sky Airlines and its parent company, Minneapolis-based MAIR Holdings, alleging wrongful termination and breach of contract.

The lawsuit claims Big Sky executives failed to honor their contractual obligations when they liquidated the company last December. It charges the company did not notify employees immediately of any corporate changes that would affect jobs, as required under its contract with United Transportation Union Local 15. The lawsuit claims company executives also ignored a certified letter from the union asking for a meeting.

Phoenix Acquisitions, a company formed by employees to try to buy the failing airline, has joined the suit, which seeks back wages and punitive damages. Bruce Tall, a former Big Sky pilot who heads Local 15, said, “I know that we could have … continued to fly profitably. But MAIR Holdings had no intention of ever letting us save our jobs.”

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