February 1, 2013
Piedmont Pilots Reach Tentative Agreement
Once language is approved, agreement will go before the pilot group for ratification
Washington, D.C.—Piedmont pilots, represented by the Air Line Pilots Association, Int’l (ALPA), reached a tentative agreement, subject to language approval, with Piedmont Airlines, a wholly owned subsidiary of US Airways. This agreement includes a signing bonus, annual pay raises, higher pay for deadhead travel, and increased 401(k) contributions. It also provides for a career framework that will give Piedmont pilots opportunities to progress within the US Airways main line. Pilot negotiators agreed to contribute more for health insurance.
“Although none of us wanted to negotiate for as long as it took,” said Capt. Bruce Freedman, chairman of the Piedmont unit of ALPA, “we strongly believe that this agreement provides not only short-term improvements, but also long-term career prospects both at Piedmont and at US Airways.”
Pending approval on the full contract language by ALPA and Piedmont management, the tentative agreement will be presented to the pilots at large in road shows before a membership ratification vote.
Piedmont Airlines operates a fleet of 44 Dash-8 aircraft, flying regional routes for US Airways throughout the central East Coast.
“We're very pleased that pilots represented by the ALPA continue to complete agreements that provide for both contract improvements and career progression. We appreciate the assistance of the National Mediation Board and the Company’s willingness to work hard to get a deal,” said Captain Lee Moak, ALPA’s president.
Founded in 1931, ALPA is the largest airline pilots union in the world and represents nearly 51,000 pilots at 35 airlines in the United States and Canada, including the more than 350 pilots at Piedmont Airlines. Visit the ALPA website at www.alpa.org. Piedmont Airlines is a wholly owned subsidiary of US Airways Group, Inc. (NYSE:LCC).
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Contact: Jen Lofquist, ALPA Communications, 703/481-4459 or email@example.com