Posted on: 29 July 2011 by Ross McSweeny
The pilots of Trans States Airlines (TSA), represented by the Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA), have ratified a contract tentatively reached with the airline’s management.
The turnout saw 85% of eligible pilots voting, with 93% of those voting to ratify the agreement, which includes a signing bonus, wage increases, better work rules, and stronger job security provisions.
“The successful ratification of this contract by the pilots of Trans States Airlines is the culmination of a lot of hard work on both sides and a testament to our pilots’ perseverance and our Negotiating Committee delivering on the goals set by our pilots,” said Captain Jason Ruszin, chairman of the TSA unit of ALPA. “Now we can focus on operating a more successful airline through co-operation and mutual benefit.”
“The new agreement includes improvements in many sections of our contract with significant improvements in compensation,” added Ruszin. “Most importantly for our first officers, second-year F/O pay will no longer be 25% below industry average and the previous five-year limitation on their pay scale has been lifted. Additional enhancements not only put all our pilots’ pay on par with others in the industry, but also provide a better overall work environment.”
The new deal, according to ALPA, brings the TSA pilots closer to the industry standard with an average 11.7% increase in captain’s pay and an average 14.5% increase in first officer’s pay.