Comair Pilot Union Holding Out

 - November 6, 2006, 9:38 AM

Comair reached concessionary labor agreements with its mechanics and flight attendants late last month, but at press time a deal with its pilots continued to elude the Cincinnati-based regional, a major portion of whose route network stands subject to outsourcing by Delta Air Lines to independent carriers. Delta plans to announce by November 14 the winning bidder for the rights to fly 27 seventy-seat jets and 15 fifty-seaters on routes now operated by Comair. The Teamsters union negotiated the tentative deal to accept a 7.5-percent pay cut on behalf of the flight attendants. The mechanics accepted roughly $1 million in concessions over the term of their contract.