JetBlue pilots call on company to deliver a contract now

ALPA issued this statement for JetBlue Airways’ pilots that are currently in negotiations with the company for a new contract:

JetBlue Airways pilots, represented by the Air Line Pilots Association, Int’l (ALPA), met with JetBlue management this past week in effort to reach a short-term contract extension with economic improvements. The parties have two additional bargaining sessions in the next month, where the pilots are calling on management to recognize their contributions to the airline’s success during one of the most turbulent times in the industry’s history.

In October, the pilots proposed to management that the difficult and resource-consuming bargaining issues in a full contract negotiation be set aside for the time being. Instead, negotiations would focus on a short-term contract extension that would provide the pilots with economic improvements. This would allow the pilots to advance their careers in an industry with a rising market for pilots, while also affording JetBlue management the opportunity to devote their resources to running a quality operation and pursuing a merger with another airline, rather than the distraction of a protracted negotiation. The pilots’ contract became amendable on August 1, 2022, and the refocused negotiations are limited to only key economic issues in an effort to complete a contract extension this year.

Top Copyright Photo: JetBlue Airways Airbus A321-231 WL N923JB (msn 5960) (Ribbons) LAX (Michael B. Ing). Image: 959426.

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