March 2, 2007
Comair Pilots Approve Contract
WASHINGTON, DC — Pilots of Comair, represented by the Air Line Pilots Association, Int’l. (ALPA), today ratified the tentative agreement reached with their management last month on a contract that will help Delta Airlines and Comair (Other OTC: DALRQ) emerge from bankruptcy. Over 68 percent of the pilots voted in favor of the agreement.
Commenting on the ratification, Captain J.C. Lawson, chairman of the Comair ALPA unit said, “The pilots had an extremely difficult decision to make and were faced with choosing between the better of two difficult outcomes. This settlement is the result of a pass through the bankruptcy process that no union would have voluntarily chosen. However we did endorse it as a better alternative than the terms that the bankruptcy court had authorized Delta/Comair management to impose upon the pilots.” The agreement includes an $82.5 million bankruptcy claim for the Comair pilots, which was recently sold.
Reaching the overall agreement was the result of a long difficult process that strained relations between the pilot group and management. “As we move forward toward emerging from bankruptcy, it is essential that management address the strained relations that developed over the last 18 months,” said Lawson. “It is going to take a lot of effort and dedication to repair the damage to the working environment. Pilots are highly skilled professionals that make critical decisions everyday and expect to be treated as the professionals that they are.” Lawson said. He concluded with “There is no greater strength than a management team that has all of their employees on the same page, working together.”
Founded in 1931, ALPA is the largest pilot union, representing 60,000 cockpit crewmembers at 40 airlines in the U.S. and Canada. Visit the ALPA Website at http://www.alpa.org.
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ALPA CONTACT: Capt. Paul Denke, (513) 253-1852