by B. N. Sullivan
No details about the new contract have been publicly released, pending a ratification vote. The union leadership expects to present the contract to the pilot membership for a ratification vote next month.
In a statement about the tentative agreement, Joe Muckle, President of the Airline Professionals Association Teamsters Local 1244, said, “The Union leadership and negotiators worked very hard to finalize the provisions in this tentative agreement. I thank and congratulate the negotiating teams on both sides for their collaborative efforts. While the agreement is still contingent upon the membership’s vote to ratify the contract, I believe that it adequately provides for the Company’s needs and also recognizes the very high level of service and professionalism the Horizon pilots provide.”
“The International Brotherhood of Teamsters has been negotiating for the Horizon Air pilots since March 2006, and the industry landscape has changed dramatically during that time,” said Captain David Bourne, Teamsters’ Airline Division Director. “This is a good agreement with significant quality of life improvements and other incentives."