There’s good news on the labor front. After more than five years of negotiations, AirTran Airways and its pilots union reached a tentative agreement on a new labor contract, AJC reporter Kelly Yamanouchi writes.
The deal includes improvements in pay, benefits and productivity for AirTran pilots, though neither the company nor the union released details, Yamanhouchi says. It is subject to approval by the AirTran pilots union’s leadership and members and would take effect Dec. 1, AirTran spokesman Tad Hutcheson said.
Hutcheson said the company is pleased that it has reached an agreement “that will reward our pilots for their hard work while still allowing AirTran to maintain our low cost structure.” The company is also in contract negotiations with its flight attendants.
The agreement comes on the heels of Southwest Airlines’ announced plan to buy AirTran, which has its largest hub in Atlanta, Yamanouchi writes. About 1,500 of its 1,700 pilots are based at the Atlanta hub.
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