July 2, 2014
By Stephanie West
Seattle, Washington – Horizon Air's aircraft technicians and fleet service agents have ratified a new six-year contract, with the International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT).
"We're pleased that our technicians recognized the benefits of this contract and voted to ratify," says Yvonne Daverin, Horizon Air vice president of maintenance and engineering. "This contract provides both our technicians and our company with a strong, stable foundation as we continue to work together to build an even stronger airline."
The contract, ratified well ahead of the amendable date of Dec. 16, 2014, includes a ratification bonus, annual wage increases and contract language enhancements. Horizon Air and IBT reached tentative agreement on the new contract in May 2014.
About 94 percent of members participated, and 53 percent of those voted in favor of the agreement.
Under the Railway Labor Act, which governs collective bargaining agreements in the airline industry, contracts do not expire. Instead they become amendable. The ratified agreement for Horizon's technicians becomes amendable in 2020.
Horizon Air is a subsidiary of Alaska Air Group and flies to 44 cities across the United States, Canada and Mexico.