|Comair Pilots Flying High|
|Key Words||Strike, contract, salaries, seniority, contract, benefits, work rules|
Pilots for Comair, a Delta regional carrier, recently voted to accept the company's latest offer after a strike of 89 days. The five-year contract makes Comair pilots the highest-paid in the regional-jet industry. Their salaries will rise from between $16,000 and $69,000 to between $21,000 and $85,000. The raises will vary according to seniority. The new contract will also give an additional 10 to 12 percent for pilots flying new 70-seat planes as opposed to the customary 50-seat planes. Retirement benefits will be enhanced. While some work rules will be made more favorable for pilots, others will be unfavorable.
Comair expects to build up its schedule again gradually. It has agreed
to recall all 1,243 pilots on its seniority list. Previously it employed
approximately 1,350 pilots, but some left to work elsewhere during the
strike. In the first month of operations, Comair plans to call back 1,300
of the 2,400 non-striking employees to work. It will also need to negotiate
to reclaim some of the 37 planes it had turned over to the manufacturer
for re-marketing, and to resume deliveries of new planes.
(Updated September 1, 2001)
|Source||Martha Brannigan, "Comair to Resume Limited Flights After Strike," The Wall Street Journal, June 25, 2001.|
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