March 27, 2013
PSA Pilots Ratify New Collective Bargaining Agreement
WASHINGTON, D.C.—PSA pilots, represented by the Air Line Pilots Association, Int’l (ALPA), today ratified a tentative agreement reached with the management of PSA Airlines, a wholly owned subsidiary of US Airways Group, Inc. (NYSE:LCC). With nearly 80 percent of eligible pilots casting their ballots, 78 percent voted in favor of the new collective bargaining agreement.
The five-year contract includes quality-of-life gains, pay increases, and opportunities for PSA pilots to progress to US Airways mainline, while maintaining important current benefits such as health insurance and retirement. The contract, which is the result of nearly four years of negotiations, takes effect on April 1.
“With this agreement, we achieved much-needed improvements for our pilots, while also creating opportunities to help secure a competitive position for PSA well into the future,” said Capt. Jesse Coeling, chairman of ALPA’s PSA chapter. “Since 2009 when we began negotiations, we never wavered in our commitment to obtaining a contract that provides appropriate compensation for PSA pilots. After all, their contributions play a major role in making our airline one of the best-performing express operations in the US Airways system. The contract also provides the necessary stability for PSA’s and US Airways’ continued success going forward.”
Founded in 1931, ALPA is the world’s largest airline pilot union, representing nearly 51,000 pilots at 35 airlines in the United States and Canada, including the more than 500 pilots at PSA Airlines. Visit the ALPA website at www.alpa.org.
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Contact: Barbara Gottshalk, ALPA Communications, 703/689-4100 or email@example.com