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SkyWest Inks 3-Year Tentative Labor Deal


SkyWest, Inc. (NASDAQ: SKYW) received encouraging news on the labor front when its subsidiary — ExpressJet Airlines — inked a tentative deal with the Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA), the largest airline pilot union across the globe. Notably, this 3-year provisional agreement with ALPA is regarding increased wages, improved working conditions and other benefits for the pilots of ExpressJet Airlines represented by the union.

Currently, pilots at ExpressJet Airlines function under a concessionary contract that was inked in 2004. They have been looking for a more favorable deal for quite some and have been negotiating with the company in this regard since 2010.

However, there is still some way to go before the new contract becomes effective. We note that tentative agreements do not necessarily mean that the deal will be operational. The provisional deal inked by SkyWest's subsidiary will be voted upon by union members from September 13. It will be effective only if the voting result is favorable. The company would be hoping for favorable outcome as satisfied labor groups generally imply greater operational efficiency.

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