Release #08.TSA4
November 24, 2008

Trans States Pilots Conduct Informational Picketing
Protest Management’s Reluctance to Earnestly Participate in Process

Washington DC – Trans States Airlines pilots, represented by the Air Line Pilots Association, Int’l (ALPA), on Tuesday, November 25, will conduct informational picketing at Washington Dulles International Airport. Pilots are protesting management’s refusal to earnestly participate in the negotiations process and to recognize the pilots’ contributions to the continued success of Trans States.

Trans States management has continued to undermine the negotiations process by attending sessions unprepared and unwilling to discuss mutually beneficial changes in the contract.

Tuesday, November 25, noon to 3 p.m. (Eastern)

Washington Dulles International Airport curbside at United Airlines departures doors

Trans States pilots and management have been negotiating for a new contract since February 2006. Despite nearly three years of negotiations, both sides remain far apart on key contract issues. TSA pilots are paid 7% to 23% below industry-average wages for pilots at airlines of comparable size providing comparable service.

Founded in 1931, ALPA is the world’s largest pilot union, representing 53,000 pilots at 37 airlines in the United States and Canada, including more than 440 pilots who fly for Trans States. Visit the ALPA website at

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ALPA Contacts: Capt. Jason Ruszin, 610-805-5387
Kimberly Seitz, 703-609-1650