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Horizon Air pilots approve new contract

Post by John Gillie / The News Tribune on Jan. 10, 2013 at 3:28 pm |
January 10, 2013 3:28 pm

Pilots working for SeaTac-based regional airline Horizon Air have ratified a new labor agreement that extends their current three-year contract by three more years.

The contract covering the 610 pilots will extend the contract to December 2018. The pilots, member of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, voted 77 percent in favor of ratifying the deal.

“The fact that the extension was achieved three years before the contract became amendable demonstrates the effectiveness of our sincerely collaborative approach with our union-represented workgroups,” Horizon President Glenn Johnson said.

The new contract includes wage increases, improvements in productivity and quality of life, and better job security, the airline and the union said.

“We look forward to working together with the company to help Horizon continue on its path of increasing profitability, which will enable our airline to grow,” said Captain Dan Johnston, Horizon Air Executive Council chairman.

Horizon is a regional airline owned by the Alaska Air Group, a holding company that also owns Alaska Airlines.

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