Thursday, December 25, 2014

Envoy Air pilots ratify labor agreement

American Airlines subsidiary Envoy Air pilots, represented by the Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA), have ratified a tentative agreement that will allow pilots at Envoy Air to fly Embraer E-175 aircraft. ALPA said 75% of Envoy pilots voted to ratify the agreement out of more than 91% of eligible pilots casting ballots.

“The pilots were faced with an extremely difficult choice between two challenging outcomes,” Envoy pilot group chairman Sam Pool said. “While this deal represents a process that none of our pilots wanted and none would have voluntarily chosen, we endorsed it as the better alternative to the continuous dismemberment and outsourcing of our flying.”

According to ALPA, the new 10-year agreement includes an up-front cash payment for current Envoy pilots, a commitment for new aircraft, and a flow-through arrangement allowing Envoy pilots to be hired at American Airlines. The deal also contains cost savings from the current Envoy contract.

Specific details of the agreement were not disclosed. The agreement takes effect immediately.

Envoy Air provides regional flight service to American Airlines under the American Eagle brand.

(Linda Blachly - ATWOnline News)

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