APA, Teamsters and Silver Airways addressing pilot shortage together

Silver Airways and its pilots, represented by the Airline Professionals Association Teamsters Local 1224 (Local 1224) and the International Brotherhood of Teamsters Airline Division (IBTAD), have successfully partnered to reach an agreement that will help address pilot shortages at the airline and provide Silver’s pilots with pay increases and quality of life improvements.

The two groups have been working since August 2013 on a midterm contract solution that will increase pilot pay and provide quality of life enhancements, while at the same time allowing the airline to operate better and continue to grow. Once ratified by the pilots, the Letter of Agreement will also assist the airline in attracting and retaining high quality pilots by immediately boosting pay, enhancing commuting and schedule flexibility, and allowing all pilots who remain with the company for another year to earn a cash retention bonus.

The agreement was negotiated over the recent months and strongly endorsed by both the Silver Executive Council and their Teamster local. Final approval, however, is subject to ratification by Silver’s pilot membership.

“We are very pleased that we reached a mutually beneficial agreement that recognises the value of our pilots and the key role they play at Silver, while at the same time ensuring that our company can operate successfully and continue to grow and expand,” said Silver Airways President and CEO Dave Pflieger. “Achieving these goals is an outcome that will not only allow us to secure and better our pilots’ jobs, it will create more advancement opportunity enabling our pilots to gain the experience needed to quickly advance in their careers as professional aviators, both here and throughout the industry. We are fortunate to have very skilled pilots here at Silver, and we hope that they will make a career with us. We believe that our new agreement with the Union will satisfy all of our pilots regardless of their future plans.

“I would like to thank Captain Daniel Wells, Captain Richard Green, the Teamsters, and our pilot leadership team here at Silver for their incredible hard work and dedication throughout our ground-breaking discussions,” added Pflieger. “I firmly believe that we have achieved a unique win–win agreement that will strengthen the wages and quality of life of our pilots while ensuring our ability to grow and become a successful new, next generation regional airline.”

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