May 23, 2016


Negotiations Briefing 5/20/16


Our Negotiators meet last week with the company to continue bargaining our pilot contract.  This was the second meeting since the rejected TA last October.  Present for ALPA was Chairman Bob Burgess, Members Graham Hoff-Downing and Reed Donoghue, MEC Vice-Chair Thorne Saylor, Senior Labor Relations Attorney David Holtzman and ALPA Economics and Financial Analyst Cory Tennen.  Present for the company was Bob Frisch, Eddie Spry-Leverton, Andrea Swanson, Tina Vos and Jeff Bethune.  The Mediator was also present.


ALPA and the Company found common ground on many contract sections, resulting in new Tentative Agreements (TA’s) on sections 8, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 23, 24 and 29.  Section language passes were made on sections 5, 12, 22 and 26.


Optically the TA’s and passes were productive, but resulted in minimal economic contractual impact.  The larger economic sections are generally withheld until near the end of bargaining.  Some of you suggested that our company would come back to us after an unsuccessful TA with new economic proposals.  So far that is not the case.


Our Negotiating Committee continues to be concerned about the Company’s ability to attract new pilots in this now-challenging hiring environment.  We are in constant communication with our ALPA counterparts at comparable airlines in developing contract standards, language and strategy going forward.   Our Negotiators are working to improve our CBA to enable our company to hire for the future and reward our current seniority list pilots for their contributions and dedication.  We are committed to achieving a contract that you can be proud of and vote for.  Our next bargaining session with the company is scheduled for July 26-28.


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Stay engaged and stay informed.


Your Negotiating Committee