Trans States pilots pass contract extension

The pilot group of Trans States Airlines has passed a Tentative Agreement on a three year contract extension.
The Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA) Master Executive Council (MEC) unanimously recommended the Tentative Agreement for a rank and file vote, which passed with 71% of pilots voting in favour of the contract extension.
The new contract increases first year pay to $35.81 per flight hour and includes increases in cost-of-living pay and the pilots' per diem rate. It also decreases pilots' health insurance costs.
“We are extremely pleased with the ratification of the three year extension to our pilot contract,” said Rick Leach, president of Trans States Airlines. “This new agreement, which includes the highest first-year pilot pay in the regional airline industry, solidifies our position as one of the premier regional airlines in the country, and shows that this is a great place for pilots to fly. The fact that this agreement was concluded three weeks from the first amendable date underscores the positive and mutually respectful relationship that exists between the company and ALPA.”
“The majority of our pilots realise that this extension, which provides immediate gains in quality of life and pay, is significantly more beneficial than engaging the company in traditional contract negotiations,” added Captain Zach Barnes, chairman of the Trans States Airlines MEC.
The new contract will go into effect on 1 October 2015.

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