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No Contract For Pinnacle Pilot

Contract offer rejected by Pinnacle Airlines' pilots

Sep 24, 2009

MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Pilots of Pinnacle Airlines Inc. have rejected a five-year contract offer from the Memphis-based company. Pinnacle flies commuter connections for Delta Air Lines.

Pinnacle spokesman Joe Williams said the rejection sends the dispute back to the National Mediation Board. The two sides had been negotiating for 4 years.

Pinnacle President and CEO Philip H. Trenary said the company felt the proposed pay, benefits and work rules were competitive.

Capt. Scott Erickson, chairman of the Pinnacle unit of the Air Line Pilots Association, said that with 91.4 percent of the carrier's 1,213 pilots voting, the proposed contract was voted down 57.7 percent to 42.3 percent.

Erickson said key issues unresolved were job security, work rules, pay increases and signing bonuses.

"We look forward to working with the company to address these problem areas to achieve a successful ratification," he said.

Pilots received their last raise, 3 percent, in 2004, Erickson said.

Pinnacle has more than 1,280 daily flights and transports 13 million passengers a year to 152 locations in North America.

It has hubs in Atlanta, Boston, Detroit, Newark, Washington-Dulles, Houston, New York-LaGuardia, Memphis and Minneapolis.

The mediation board has been involved in the negotiations since September 2006.

Contract offer rejected by Pinnacle Airlines' pilots
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Source: AP

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