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Spirit Airlines Pilots Request Mediator In Contract Negotiations

The National Mediation Board (NMB) has been asked to step in and help Spirit Airlines pilots, currently in negotiations with Spirit Airlines management for a new collective bargaining agreement. The negotiations have been ongoing for 18 months now, which is 11 months past the amendable date of their contract. Though the two groups have had regular negotiating sessions, they have been unable to reach an agreement, as the pilots continue to push for what they say is an industry-standard contract.

Commentary on the Spirit Airlines Pilots Negotiations

Captain Stuart Morrison, who serves as the chairman of the Spirit pilot unit at ALPA and a member of the negotiating team, had this to say about the situation:

Direct negotiations have clearly stalled with Spirit management unwilling to come to the bargaining table with an economic proposal. Therefore, we feel that the only way we can move forward in our negotiations is to bring a third-party mediator into the room. We simply cannot waste any more time while our pay rates and retirement continue to lag significantly behind those of our peers. Each day without a contract is one more day that our pilots are not being fairly and equitably compensated by this company.

Spirit Airlines Pilots first started the negotiation process back in February 2015, six months before the then current five-year contract became amendable in August. They brought a list of requested improvements to the table and believed they would be able to reach an agreement before August. However, the sides have still not been able to reach an agreement, and the Spirit Airlines pilots and management continue to debate over money and profits. According to ALPA, in the first quarter of 2016, Spirit Airlines reported a $72.3 million net profit, more of which they feel should make its way to the pilots.

Captain Morrison added, “Despite our CEO’s claim that Spirit is in the ‘low tier’ of airlines, our profits and routes firmly place us with the other major players in the industry. Although Spirit prides itself on being a discount airline, our pilots are not available at a discount rate. We have every expectation that the NMB will help us achieve a fair contract that will include industry-standard pay rates.

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