PSA Pilots Enter Into Federal Mediated Talks

Dépèche transmise le 24 octobre 2011 par Business Wire

WASHINGTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The pilots of PSA Airlines, represented by the Air Line Pilots Association, Int’l (ALPA), today took the next step toward reaching a new contract with senior management by meeting with a federal mediator from the National Mediation Board (NMB). PSA pilots, who fly regional aircraft under the US Airways Express brand, have been in direct contract negotiations with their management since June 2009.

“Two years is too long to be in contract negotiations”

ALPA and company executives initially made steady progress in the early stages of negotiations. The parties reached tentative agreements on many of the non-economic sections of the collective bargaining agreement. The pace of negotiations has slowed recently, as the two sides began discussing pay, work rules, retirement, and other money-related issues. No significant progress has been made since September 2010, and recent discussions have not been productive. The NMB was petitioned for mediator assistance in July 2011, and the request was granted shortly thereafter.

“Two years is too long to be in contract negotiations,” said Capt. Tom Arline, chairman of the ALPA unit at PSA. “Continuing down this path will not get us to our end goal – a new collective bargaining agreement. Mediation is the next logical step. We are hopeful that the addition of a neutral third party will help break the logjam and enable us to reach an agreement that recognizes the value pilots bring to PSA Airlines, US Airways, and our customers.”

Under the Railway Labor Act, airlines’ labor contracts do not expire; they become amendable. The PSA pilots’ contract became amendable on June 30, 2009. Mediation presents an opportunity for a neutral third party, appointed by the NMB, to facilitate the process. The mediator does not have the authority to impose conditions upon the parties or decide issues. Talks will continue until the parties reach a contract or until the NMB determines the parties are at an impasse and releases them into a 30-day cooling off period, which could be followed by a pilot strike.

ALPA represents more than 53,000 pilots at 37 airlines in the United States and Canada, including the approximately 450 pilots at PSA Airlines. PSA is a wholly owned subsidiary of US Airways Group, Inc. It operates as US Airways Express and serves 65 airports in the United States with more than 125 departures daily. For more information, visit www.alpa.org.

Business Wire

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