Union official: Midwest Airlines to cut 170 jobs

An official with a flight attendants’ group says Midwest Airlines will be laying off 120 pilots and flight attendants by
Dec. 1, along with about 50 other employees.

Toni Higgins, the president of the Midwest chapter of the Association
of Flight Attendants, said the layoffs will start in November.

The flight crews were the last employees who staffed
the Milwaukee-based airline’s Boeing 717 jets. The planes are being replaced with aircraft operated by Midwest’s new owner,
Republic Airways Holdings Inc. in Indianapolis.

Midwest spokesman Jim Reichart and Republic spokesman Carlo Bertolini
said the Midwest crews might be brought back. They said the unions first have to decide between themselves how to combine
their seniority lists.

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