Under ALPA`s deal with United, corporate pilots will fly less and earn less to keep the 13,000 planes on the payroll. Pilots remain in their existing aircraft type and retain their rank of captain or linebacker. United had planned to lay off 2,850 drivers in November and about 1,050 in 2021. For the first time in the history of United`s pilots, the MEC opened early negotiations on Section 6, which entered this round of negotiations. Although considerable progress has been made, much remains to be done. “We knew this process would take time,” Insler noted. “A rushed agreement will not benefit our pilot group. We are cautious in getting the best deal for our pilots and setting the bar for the industry. The provisional agreement reached by negotiators on Wednesday 9, the 19-member Master Executive Council of the United Chapter of the Air Line Pilots Association, which met virtually, was approved by an overwhelming majority. The vote was cancelled by 16 votes to 3. Several important milestones were reached in 2019, starting with a new Jumpseat agreement between United`s eight partner airlines (Air Wisconsin, CommutAir, ExpressJet, GoJet, Mesa, Republic, SkyWest and Trans States). The agreement offers a fairer and fairer boarding priority system than in the past. The United pilots` Twitter account, @UnitedPilots, was also the first ALPA pilot group account to achieve verified status on the social media platform.
This performance gives united`s pilots additional credibility as a leading authority in the aviation industry. United ALPA said the interim deal met its goals of preventing pilot flights by June 2021; offers a second cycle of early separation options for pilots aged 50 and over with at least ten years of experience; limits the flight of express carriers and ensures the triggering of additional salary and contractual changes. Ensuring a provisional agreement remains the main objective of the unified MEC in 2020. Pilots will continue to develop, plan and execute strategies based on the instruction of the 13,100 United pilots. “The company understands that our pilots are united and ready to fight for the deal we deserve,” said Insler. “We believe 2020 will be a historic year for United drivers. We always strive for excellence and expect to set the standard this time. “While we are still facing a difficult path to recovery, your support for this creative and unique agreement puts us in an unprecedented position of strength when demand recovers,” Quigley said in a memo to the pilots. The United chapter of the Air Line Pilots Association, International (ALPA) said on Sept. 16 that the deal was a “temporary vital artery” for the 2,850 United pilots warned their jobs could disappear after Oct. 1. “Our members have understood that to protect pilot jobs, we need to approve this agreement,” said Todd Insler, president of the United ALPA Master Executive Council, which also sits on the airline`s board of directors. The deal, which will be put to a full membership vote this month, gives older pilots with more than 10 years of experience the option to use other early separation options and adds restrictions for regional airlines.
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