JetBlue announced it has reached an agreement in principle with the Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA) regarding JetBlue’s pilots.
The agreement is subject to a ratification process which includes final documentation, review, and consideration by the ALPA Master Executive Council before being distributed to JetBlue pilots for final ratification.
Jeff Martin, JetBlue’s Executive Vice President Operations, issued the following statement on the news: “We are pleased that we have reached an agreement in principle with ALPA. I want to thank both negotiating committees for their hard work in coming to this agreement.”
Warren Christie, JetBlue’s Senior Vice President Safety, Security and Air Operations added: “We appreciate our pilots’ continued professionalism and commitment to safety and look forward to continuing to work together to deliver the JetBlue experience every day.”
“This agreement in principle is the next step toward our final goal of having a fair and equitable contract with our company,” said Capt. Patrick Walsh, chairman of the JetBlue MEC. “In order to maintain a fair ratification process, we will not be releasing details about the agreement prior to it being sent out to the pilot group.”
If the MEC approves the AIP, it will be expanded with contract language into a tentative agreement that will be sent out to the pilot group for a ratification vote. Should it be ratified, this agreement will be the first collective bargaining agreement concluded by any labor group with JetBlue management.