ASA Reaches Terms with Pilots

 - November 5, 2007, 9:48 AM

Five years of on-and-off negotiations between SkyWest Airlines subsidiary Atlantic Southeast and its 1,700 pilots ended on September 28, when the sides reached a tentative deal on a five-year contract. Progress toward a settlement became apparent soon after SkyWest CEO Jerry Atkin traveled to Atlanta for three days of talks, during which the sides agreed on an 8.7-percent raise for 15-year CRJ200 captains and a 17.6-percent increase in the top rate (currently $81.98 per hour at 15 years, rising to $96.39 at 18 years under the new contract). CRJ700 captains would get a 1-percent raise regardless of service time, while first-year copilots in either type would see a 21-percent increase. ALPA also won a $13.5 million signing bonus and language meant to protect jobs if management moves ASA airplanes to SkyWest’s fleet.