JetBlue Airways’ (NASDAQ: JBLU) airlines are urging management to sign a new contract before joining Spirit Airlines (SAVE).
“While JetBlue management is looking into the merger, JetBlue’s pilots must first receive a contract found,” Captain Chris Kenney, chairman of JetBlue’s Airline Pilots Association said Friday. “It makes sense for JetBlue to pay compensation at the end of the year – just as JetBlue pilots have paid for JetBlue over the past few years.”
Kenney added that he expects a deal to be reached in December with the airline and union hoping for two additional sessions that month. Earlier in November, United Airlines pilots represented by the same union “strongly rejected” a contract offered by the major airline.
“It’s about time that the CEOs of these companies recognize what we have to offer when it comes to negotiations. Like passengers, pilots have had enough. Today, we face new threats, such as more and more airlines and attempts to circumvent aviation security regulations, all including flight delays and cancellations,” The agency said in a statement about the extensive negotiations taking place at major airlines in early November. . “Despite strong recovery and strong profits, airlines continue to ignore the simple fact that their businesses cannot fly without pilots.”
JetBlue’s ground staff also recently moved to unionize.