Republic, union reach tentative labor agreement for flight attendants

Indianapolis-based Republic Airline Inc. and Teamsters Local 135 have reached a tentative agreement on a five-year labor contract for roughly 2,100 Republic flight attendants.

According to a statement released late last week by Teamsters Local 135, the agreement includes “competitive wage rates, improved 401(k) benefits, an enhanced paid-day-off program and other benefits and quality-of-life enhancements,” along with a signing bonus of $1,000 minimum.

The union did not provide specifics about pay rates or other contract details, but the statement said the new agreement would “ensure Republic’s flight attendants remain atop the industry on total rewards and quality of life.”

The International Brotherhood of Teamsters did not immediately respond to a phone message left Monday morning. 

The new contract would replace the current five-year contract between Republic and the Teamsters. That contract became amendable in July.

It took only a few months for both sides to reach agreement on the new contract, said Republic spokesman Jon Austin. 

“It was a very efficient, productive process,” Austin told IBJ.

The new agreement must first be ratified by members before it takes effect. A ratification vote is expected to be complete by the end of this month, after members have had a chance to review the contract’s details.

Republic operates about 950 daily flights to 100 cities for American Eagle, Delta Connection and United Express.
 

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