On January 22, United Airlines and the Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA) announced that United’s pilots approved a two-year extension of their contract that will run through January 2019.
ALPA said that 90.94 percent of eligible pilots voted with 79 percent approving the agreement, which “provides increases in compensation putting United pilots at the top of the industry, restores pay and vacation value to previously furloughed pilots, and enhances the scheduling rules for long-haul flights.”
The contract raises base pay rates by 13 percent, leaving United pilots slightly below the pay rates Delta pilots would have received under a tentative agreement that was rejected in 2015.
While the profit sharing plan provisions were not changed in the United agreement, Delta is projected to pay out approximately nine percentage points more in profit sharing for 2015, which in actual dollars will be nearly double the amount paid by United.
Delta is reviewing a proposal received from ALPA late last year and the company looks forward to beginning a new set of negotiations to reach a sustainable agreement that recognizes pilots’ significant contributions to Delta’s success.