July 13, 2017
Mesa Airlines pilots ratify new collective bargaining agreement
Pilots at Mesa Airlines, represented by the Air Line Pilots Association, Int’l (ALPA), have ratified a new four-year agreement with their management. Of the 761 pilots who voted, 58% cast ballots in favor of the agreement. The amended contract provides all pilots with across-the-board pay increases, higher pay for deadheading, and the elimination of “base pay,” which significantly increases each pilot’s annual earnings. The agreement also contains much-needed improvements to pilot scheduling, including reserve pilots, and selection of hotels, along with numerous other improvements. The agreement also includes a process to begin negotiations six months before the amendable date, the assistance of a private mediator before relying on the services provided by the National Mediation Board (NMB), and 1% pay increases during that bargaining process.