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CommutAir Pilots Ratify New Contract with Significant Pay Improvements

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The Air Line Pilots Association, International (ALPA), which represents CommutAir pilots, has ratified a provisional agreement, which now serves as the pilot group’s collective bargaining agreement. With 83 percent of qualified pilots voting, the deal was ratified by 92 percent.

The four-year deal improves pay rates, retirement benefits, and working conditions significantly.

“After suspending and then restarting negotiations amidst the pandemic, CommutAir pilots now have a contract in which the pay rates and benefits reflect our contributions to this company,” said Capt. Earl Blowers, chairman of the CommutAir ALPA Master Executive Council (MEC).

“This agreement is the result of not only hard work and dedication by our Negotiating Committee, but also reflects a readiness to cooperate during these tough times and demonstrates the unmatched unity of the CommutAir pilot group.”

Highlights of the contract include:

  • 25.4 percent pay increase for captains
  • 32.0 percent pay increase for first officers
  • Provisions for management to increase pay rates up to 25 percent over the term of the agreement
  • A new travel benefit program through which pilots will receive reimbursement for commuter costs
  • 30 days of paid maternity leave
  • Improved work rules, particularly for reserve pilots

Negotiations with management began in September 2019 but were temporarily halted due to the pandemic.

Negotiations restarted in May 2021, and the parties achieved a tentative agreement earlier this month. The pilot group’s voting to approve the agreement began on February 16 and ended today at noon ET.

“Our pilot membership made clear that their priorities for the coming years included pay and quality of life, and our Negotiating Committee delivered,” said Blowers. “This new agreement brings pilot quality of life in line with their peers.”

The agreement will take effect on March 2 and will be amendable until December 2026.

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