Piedmont Airlines pilots, represented by the Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA), have ratified the tentative agreement reached with the company in early February. Piedmont is a wholly owned subsidiary of US Airways and flies regional routes in the central East Coast.
According to ALPA, the new contract includes a signing bonus, annual pay increases, and an agreement with US Airways main line to provide career progression opportunities for Piedmont pilots. The pilots also agreed to contribute more to their health care, bringing their contributions more in line with the rest of the industry.
The pilot group began negotiations in 2009, with both sides seeking assistance from the National Mediation Board in 2011. The agreement is expected to be signed April 1, with full implementation occurring over the next few months.
Communications Workers of America fleet and passenger service employees voted to ratify a four-and-a-half-year collective bargaining agreement with Piedmont Airlines in July 2012.