(LAS VEGAS) – Teamsters Local 631 has reached a tentative agreement covering pilots who work for the URS Federal Services, Inc., a company that provides services for the U.S. Federal Government. The agreement will go to the membership for a ratification vote on December 15.
“Congratulations to everyone who worked hard to reach this tentative agreement,” IBT Airline Division Capt. David Bourne said. “Contracts like this are why more and more workers across the airline industry are choosing to affiliate with the Teamsters.”
“We were able to reach this agreement in record time thanks to everyone’s hard work at the bargaining table” Local 631 Secretary-Treasurer Tommy Blitsch said. “I’d especially like to thank business agents Darrin Bradburn and Ashley Smith as well as the pilot members of the bargaining committee for their hard work on this contract.”
The contract is one of a kind in that the pilots fall under the jurisdiction of the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) rather than the Railway Labor Act (RLA), which covers almost every other union member in the airline industry. The agreement comes with substantial wage and benefit increases, work rules, license protections, a grievance procedure and a number of other benefits that are at or above the average standards for airline contracts negotiated under the RLA.
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