Service & Solidarity Spotlight: Air Wisconsin Pilots Ratify New Three-Year Contract with Significant Raises and Improved Scheduling

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Air Wisconsin pilots, members of the Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA), overwhelmingly ratified a new three-year contract on Oct. 10 worth nearly $48 million in new value over the life of the agreement. The contract includes an average 54% pay increase for first officers and a 38% increase for captains over the life of the contract. It addresses some of the most criticized aspects of Air Wisconsin schedules and creates new protections for pilots who call in fatigued.

“With this agreement, Air Wisconsin pilot compensation finally reflects the pilot market for fee-for-departure pilots. It immediately makes us competitive with our peer carriers and will improve our quality of life,” said Capt. Jack Roback, chair of ALPA’s Air Wisconsin Master Executive Council. “The training section of the agreement will also enable the pilot group to be ready to fly newer, larger CRJ700 aircraft should Air Wisconsin acquire them in the future.”