Bristow decision to close 2 facilities spurs pilots, mechanics to call for talks with company

Pilots and mechanics in the Office and Professional Employees International Union (OPEIU) Locals 107 and 407 have expressed shock by Bristow Helicopters´ decision to close two Louisiana facilities, the company said.

The decision resulted in the loss of more than 350 good-paying, family-sustaining jobs.

In June, Bristow completed a merger with Era Group that brought together two workforces, the OPEIU pilots and mechanics at Bristow and nonunion pilots and mechanics at Era. OPEIU has initiated a process with the National Mediation Board for the union to represent a joint workforce of Era and Bristow pilots and mechanics.

The company claims the decision to shutter the two facilities hinges on falling demand for the facilities´ services and lower operational efficiencies as a result.

Bristow employees have advocated for improvements that would leave Louisiana facilities more profitable, more efficient and better positioned to succeed in a changing market.

OPEIU Local 407 mechanics said it is calling on the company to take a step back and realize what these jobs and tax revenues mean to communities and to the employees who have helped make Bristow a successful company.