Frontier pilots are 100% ready to go on strike because they are not fairly paid– are you sure you want to support an airline willing to risk a strike because it is trying to cut corners on pilot pay?
When Frontier Airlines last negotiated a contract with its pilots, it was a failing carrier on the verge of bankruptcy. Now it is an airline powerhouse, with some of the lowest costs and highest profits in the industry.
But despite the airline’s overwhelming success, Frontier’s owners have chosen to loot the company by channeling more than $273 million in profits to investors and paying big bonuses to senior management – at the same time that it claims it has no money to pay its pilots an industry-standard wage.
The Frontier pilots who operate your flight today are the lowest-paid Airbus and Boeing 737 pilots in North America. Their pay is well below the industry average and lags behind every major carrier in the US and Canada, and even behind some pilots at so-called “regional” airlines
Since the Frontier pilots began contract negotiations in March 2016, they have lagged further and further behind their peers as pilots at other carriers have seen substantial pay increases:
- American Airlines, without any obligation to do so, unilaterally increased pilot pay by 8% and instituted profit sharing of 5% of pre-tax profits. Frontier pilots have NO profit sharing.
- The new Delta Airlines pilot contract raised pilot pay by 30% cumulatively by 2019, and DAL pilots received approximately 18% of compensation for 2016 profit sharing.
- United Air Lines added a 13% pay increase to a 3% increase provided by the then existing contract for pilots; and added 4.42% more pay to match the increases resulting from the new Delta pilot contract.
- Southwest Airlines agreed to raise pilot pay by 30% by 2020, made large retroactive payments to cover the delay in reaching agreement, and provided additional profit sharing of approximately 13% of pay.
- Hawaiian Airlines pilots added contract improvements worth over 40%.
- JetBlue Airways increased pilot pay by 8% in the middle of negotiations for their first collective bargaining agreement, even though it wasn’t required to do so.
Frontier’s 1,100 pilots aren’t asking for top-of-the-industry pay. They just want to be paid an average of what their colleagues at other airlines earn, and make improvements in the four cornerstones of their contract: pay, benefits, retirement, and quality of life.
Unfortunately, Frontier management gets failing grades in virtually every important area — negotiations, constructive engagement with its pilots, and equal treatment of all employees — and continues to stall negotiations. For that reason, 100 percent of the Frontier pilots have authorized their leadership to call a legal strike and walk out when the National Mediation Board allows them to do so.