Looks like the 'pilot shortage' is finally here! Republic are reportedly offering $5,000 signing bonuses to new hires on the back of their new pay rates being withdrawn. It's a totally false economy for all new hires, but I'm sure there will be plenty who won't see it that way. Still doubtful this shortage will ever go beyond the regionals though.
Funny Fozzie... me too. However in my case I would have been back well before that year was up.
I can't find anywhere official that this $5000 signing bonus is legit. Also, as mentioned on APC, their contract is horrible with regards to soft time... so if you went pretty much anywhere else you would make that $5k extra in the first year.
I find it hard to believe that they're already running out of 1000 hour flight instructors to higher, but I guess it is possible that some instructors/pilots don't want to change companies to make $20k/yr first year. That's good news.
EDIT: Here is a fun one... RAH is suing their pilots union. http://www.ibj.com/republic-airlines.../article/33538