Union leaders at Mesa Airlines, a regional carrier that operates flights for United Express and American Eagle, have announced that they have reached a tentative contract agreement with their management. The agreement can increase pay for all pilots, increase vacation accrual, and offer better retirement benefits.
The agreement will be sent to Mesa’s pilot body on June 26 for ratification and vote.
“This agreement is a significant milestone,” said Andy Hughes, a Mesa captain and representative at the Air Line Pilots Association, International (ALPA). “Working with the company, our negotiators have been able to secure advances in virtually all areas of our contract. We know that our pilots want a contract that recognizes their contributions to Mesa’s success. Although it was far from easy, I believe we accomplished that with this new agreement.”
The agreement was reached three months after Mesa pilots requested intervention from the National Mediation Board to speed up negotiations for a new contract. The pilot group had been in negotiations for almost six years.
Despite this victory, not all Mesa workers are content with their work. Mesa flight attendants are still trying to reach a contract negotiation. Nearly 1,000 flight attendants voted to strike last March, but they still need to complete several steps prior to walking out of work.
Mesa currently operates 134 aircraft. They have 600 daily departures to 124 cities, 38 states, the District of Columbia, Canada, and the Bahamas.