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.
“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 Teamsters Airline Division. “They deserve the job security and the wage, benefit and quality of life improvements this extension provides.”
Bourne said the Local 135 Negotiating Committee and the Teamsters Airline Division unanimously recommend this tentative agreement to the Teamsters 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.
The current labor agreement became amendable in July 2018. If ratified, the new agreement will ensure Republic’s flight attendants remain atop the industry on 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.