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Frontier Flight Attendants Ratify Pact With Immediate 24% Raise

May 15, 2019, 6:25 PM

Flight attendants at Frontier Airlines represented by the Association of Flight Attendants on May 15 ratified a new five-year contract covering more than 2,200 attendants.

The flight attendants will immediately receive an average 24% wage increase under the pact, which was reached March 19 with assistance from the National Mediation Board, the union, a Communications Workers of America affiliate, said in a statement. In addition to “significant pay increases,” the agreement includes pay protections; work schedule flexibility and protections; improvements for reserve flight attendants, who work on an as-needed basis; better vacation rules; and work-life enhancements, the union said.

The newly ratified contract also sets aside $15 million as a signing bonus for the flight attendants and provides six months of maternity leave, union spokeswoman Taylor Garland said. It’s effective immediately and will become amendable on May 15, 2024, she said.

Within the past two-and-a-half years, Frontier has successfully negotiated new collective bargaining agreements with all seven of its union-represented employee groups, the company said in a statement May 15.

The new pact represents a significant warming in relations between the airline and the flight attendants’ union. Wages for flight attendants at Frontier “are significantly behind competitors, even as the company has sustained profitability and expansion over the last 4 years,” the union said in a statement before the tentative deal was reached. Frontier also didn’t have “many of the standard work rules that protect flight attendants” at other airlines, the union said then.

About 94% of those voting were in favor of ratifying the agreement, the union said. The AFA represents nearly 50,000 flight attendants at 20 airlines, the union’s website says.

The airline is headquartered in Denver. Frontier has about 3,000 employees who provide service to more than 100 cities in the U.S., Mexico, Canada, Puerto Rico, and the Dominican Republic, according to the company’s website.

To contact the reporter on this story: Louis C. LaBrecque in Washington at llabrecque@bloomberglaw.com

To contact the editors responsible for this story: Cynthia Harasty at charasty@bloomberglaw.com; Martha Mueller Neff at mmuellerneff@bloomberglaw.com

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