An Unfortunate Anniversary

More than 1,100 Frontier Airlines pilots observed an unfortunate anniversary last week as the pilot group entered its second year of federal mediation without a new contract.

On October 4, 2016, the National Mediation Board (NMB) approved a request from ALPA and Frontier management to assign them a federal mediator to help jump-start their stalled contract talks. But afte

More than 1,100 Frontier Airlines pilots observed an unfortunate anniversary last week as the pilot group entered its second year of federal mediation without a new contract.

On October 4, 2016, the National Mediation Board (NMB) approved a request from ALPA and Frontier management to assign them a federal mediator to help jump-start their stalled contract talks. But after a year of work with the NMB, the two sides are still far apart on economic issues.

“We entered mediation a year ago with the hope that reaching an agreement quickly on a market-rate contract would be a benefit for both the pilots as well as the company,” said Capt. Tracy Smith, chairman of ALPA’s Frontier Master Executive Council. “Instead, management initially tried to bargain for contract concessions that were completely out of touch with our airline’s financial realities and the market for professional pilots.”

r a year of work with the NMB, the two sides are still far apart on economic issues.

“We entered mediation a year ago with the hope that reaching an agreement quickly on a market-rate contract would be a benefit for both the pilots as well as the company,” said Capt. Tracy Smith, chairman of ALPA’s Frontier Master Executive Council. “Instead, management initially tried to bargain for contract concessions that were completely out of touch with our airline’s financial realities and the market for professional pilots.”