Mesa pilots outline tentative agreement

PHOENIX–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Pilot leaders at Mesa Airlines, represented by the Air Line Pilots Association, Int´l (ALPA), announced they have reached a Tentative Agreement (TA) on a new collective bargaining agreement with their management, the company said.

The new TA includes pay increases for all pilots, increased vacation accrual, better retirement benefits among many other contract improvements.

Union leaders will now send the new TA to the pilot group for review and a ratification vote beginning June 26.

The new TA comes just three months after Mesa pilots requested mediation services from the National Mediation Board (NMB) to facilitate negotiations for a collective bargaining agreement. The pilot group has been in contract negotiations for more than six years with no pay increases since 2010.

Mesa Airlines operates as American Eagle from hubs in Phoenix and Dallas/Fort Worth and as United Express from Washington Dulles and Houston. Mesa pilots operate 134 aircraft, with more than 600 daily system departures to 124 cities, 38 states, the District of Columbia, Canada, Mexico, and the Bahamas. The airline will add 10 additional Embraer 175 aircraft to its fleet later this year.

Founded in 1931, ALPA is the largest airline pilot union in the world and represents more than 57,000 pilots at 33 airlines in the US and Canada.