Teamsters Local 135 and Republic Airways announced today that they reached a tentative agreement on terms of a new five-year contract for the roughly 2,100 Republic Flight Attendants represented by the International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT).
Our members are extraordinary aviation professionals responsible for ensuring exceptional safety and customer service for thousands of passengers each and every day, said Captain David Bourne, director of the Airline Division of the IBT. They deserve the job security and the wage, benefit and quality of life improvements this extension provides. The Local 135 Negotiating Committee and the Teamster International Airline Division unanimously recommend this tentative agreement to its membership for ratification.
The agreement includes competitive wage rates, improved 401(k) benefits, an enhanced paid-day-off program, and other benefits and quality of life enhancements. The agreement also provides each Flight Attendant with a minimum signing bonus of $1,000 upon ratification.
Our Flight Attendants are skilled, highly trained aviation professionals who are an integral part of our safety culture and who are the face of our Company. They deserve a contract that gives them long-term security and that recognizes the important role they play in our continued success, said Matt Koscal, Republics senior vice president and chief administrative officer. I want to thank the Local 135 Negotiating Committee for their hard work in negotiating this agreement and working to position our Flight Attendants and our airline to be successful in the future.
The current labor agreement became amendable in July 2018. If ratified, the new agreement will ensure Republics Flight Attendants remain atop the industry for total rewards and quality of life. The tentative agreement requires ratification by a simple majority of the Flight Attendants, and the union will begin a series of open sessions with its membership over the coming weeks to review the details of the agreement. A ratification vote is expected to be completed by the end of October.
About Republic Airways
Republic Airways, parent company of Republic Airline, operates a fleet of about 190 Embraer 170/175 aircraft and offers scheduled passenger service with about 950 daily flights to 100 cities in 40 U.S. states, Canada, the Caribbean and Central America. The Indianapolis-based airline provides fixed-fee flights operated under its major airline partner brands of American Eagle, Delta Connection and United Express. The airline employs about 5,700 aviation professionals. Visit www.rjet.com for more information, follow the company on Instagram, Twitter and YouTube, and connect on Facebook or LinkedIn.