Release 07.ASA8
November 20, 2007

ALPA’s ASA Pilots Ratify New Contract

ATLANTA, GA --- After five years of negotiating for a new collective bargaining agreement with their employer, Delta Connection Atlantic Southeast Airlines pilots have voted to ratify a new contract. Voting on the Tentative Agreement concluded Tuesday, Nov. 20, at 10:00 a.m. EST. A full 81 percent of the 1,239 ASA pilots who were eligible to vote did so. Of the ballots cast, 837 – 83.45 percent – were in favor of the agreement. Those in opposition represented 166 votes or 16.55 percent of the total votes cast.

Pilot union leaders signed the contract deal with representatives of ASA management Tuesday afternoon.

The new contract for ASA pilots, who are represented by the Air Line Pilots Association, International, reflects improvements in wages, work rules, job protections, and scheduling.

“Despite many obstacles over the past five years, our pilots persevered and achieved a contract that further secures their jobs and provides overdue increases to their compensation,” said Capt. Dave Nieuwenhuis, chairman of the ASA ALPA unit. “While we enjoyed invaluable assistance from the 41 other pilot groups in our international union and its professional staff, I cannot begin to describe the impact of the resolve and professionalism demonstrated by each and every ASA pilot.”

Founded in 1931, ALPA is the world’s largest pilot union representing more than 60,000 cockpit crewmembers at 42 airlines in the U.S. and Canada. Visit the ALPA website at for more information.

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ALPA Contacts: Captain Rick Bernskoetter, (678) 640-4510