(WASHINGTON) – Teamster pilots with Horizon Air who are members of Teamsters Local 1224 in Wilmington, Ohio, have voted by a 2-1 margin to ratify a collective bargaining agreement that will bring jet flying back to the airline.
In a vote tabulated today, the pilots ratified an agreement that will provide for pay increases throughout the life of the agreement. The contract provides for the implementation of a preferential bid system (PBS) with language that is the best in the regional industry and on par with that at major airlines.
The vote closed a week following Alaska Air Group’s announcement that it expects to place an order for 30 large regional jets in the first quarter of 2016. The fleet will transition from an all-turboprop to a mixed jet/turboprop fleet.
“I want to commend Teamsters Local 1224 and the negotiating committee for their hard work at the table that led to this strong agreement. We look forward to continuing to work together as a team to ensure that all pilots at Horizon Air are represented to the fullest,” said Capt. David Bourne, Director of the Teamsters Airline Division.
“The Horizon pilots have been in negotiations with the company to bring jet flying back to Horizon Air for some time,” said Daniel C. Wells, President of Local 1224. “It has been the union’s position that jet flying is a good business decision for Horizon Air and enables the company to offer a better product to its customers. We are happy that we were able to work with the company to find solutions for growth that meet the needs of the pilots and the company alike.”
Horizon Air and the pilots reached tentative agreement in December 2015. The agreement was presented to the airline’s pilots in a series of meetings which were held throughout the month of January. There are approximately 576 Teamster pilots at Horizon Air.
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