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ALPA and Island Air announce tentative agreement
Island Air and its pilots, represented by the Air Line Pilots Association, Int’l (ALPA), have announced a tentative contract agreement after 16 months of negotiations. This agreement, if ratified by the pilot group, will provide wage increases, work rule improvements and furlough protection.
“We are pleased that after 16 months of negotiations in a challenging economic environment we were able to come to a mutually beneficial agreement with Island Air management,” remarked Capt. Charlie Ciszek, chairman of the ALPA unit at Island Air.
The Island Air pilots’ contract became amendable on 30 November 2007. Recognising that they fly in a leisure market, the pilots and company began negotiating a short-term agreement that would provide job protections and improvements to pilots’ wages, benefits and work rules, as well as bolster the company’s financial status amidst declining tourism and rising fuel prices in Hawaii. While the cost of fuel has dropped considerably, tourism continues to suffer and is expected to remain the same for the remainder of 2009.
The Island Air Master Executive Council has recommended that the pilots support the agreement. ALPA and pilot leaders will provide the pilots with a copy of the proposed agreement and address any questions during meetings tentatively scheduled for the last week of April. Following the meetings and a show of support by the pilot group, the Island Air Master Executive Council will formally decide whether or not to ratify the agreement as the new collective bargaining agreement. If ratified, the agreement will be sent to ALPA president Captain John Prater for signature.
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