ExpressJet Pilots to Vote on Proposed Labor Pact

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By Gayle Cinquegrani

Pilots who fly for SkyWest subsidary ExpressJet will begin voting later this week on what could be their first new contract with the company in 14 years, the Air Line Pilots Association announced.

“The goal was to maintain the industry-leading cornerstones of our contract while achieving improvements for every pilot on our seniority list, regardless of how long they have been with the airline,” Joe Mauro, head of the Express Jet pilots union, said in a statement. “While it was not easy, I believe we accomplished that.”

ExpressJet has been negotiating with the union since 2010. Pilots have been working under a concessionary contract negotiated in 2004, the union said.

The company didn’t respond immediately to Bloomberg Law’s Sept. 10 requests for comment.

The union wouldn’t divulge details of the tentative agreement, but its statement touted “market-rate wages, stronger job security, and enhanced work rules sought by pilots.” The ratification vote will occur from Sept. 13 to Sept. 27, a union spokesperson said.

Nearly 1,100 ALPA pilots work at ExpressJet, a union spokesperson told Bloomberg Law Sept. 10.

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