After more than two years of intense
negotiations with management, ExpressJet (dba Continental Express) pilot
representatives, represented by the Air Line Pilots Association, Int’l (ALPA),
announced today that they have reached a Tentative Agreement on Contract 2002.“It’s taken more than two years to reach this point, but our pilot
negotiators secured substantial improvements to the current contract in the
areas of compensation, job protection, work rules, and scope,” said Capt. Mark
Leneski, chairman of the XJT Master Executive Council, a unit of the Air Line
Pilots Association, Int’l. “The determination and sacrifices of our pilots and
their families made this Tentative Agreement possible.”
Pilot representatives unanimously and firmly endorsed the Tentative
Agreement, and recommended that the pilots vote “yes” on the upcoming ballot
of the membership.
Contract negotiations between the pilots union and ExpressJet management
have been ongoing since July 2002. Pilot representatives and negotiators will
conduct roadshows for the ExpressJet pilots this week in all three hubs.
During contract talks with management, ExpressJet pilots and employees
garnered ExpressJet the award of Airline of the Year in 2003.
ExpressJet pilots safely transport more than 50,000 passengers to more
than 130 destinations daily on a growing fleet of state-of-the-art Embraer
jets. These destinations range from St. Johns, Newfoundland, to Acapulco,
Mexico, including the Caribbean. ExpressJet Airlines is the sole provider of
small jet service for Continental Airlines in that company’s hubs in Newark,
Cleveland and Houston, and is the largest small jet operator in the world.