Comair, ALPA Reach Tentative Deal

 - March 8, 2007, 4:23 AM

Comair has given its pilots until March 4 to ratify a tentative deal forged with union representatives last month after U.S. Bankruptcy Court judge Adlai Hardin ruled that the group cannot legally call a strike. The agreement came just as management prepared to impose $15.8 million in cost concessions, authority for which Hardin had granted in December. Whatever the result of the pilot vote, ALPA vowed to appeal Hardin’s ruling. “This ruling is the latest evidence of just how deeply flawed the country’s bankruptcy system has become,” it said in a statement. “It is shameful that airlines such as Delta can exploit the bankruptcy process to strip workers of their wages, working conditions and dignity–not because they need to, but simply because they can.”