Sun Country pilots have asked the National Mediation Board to declare an impasse in their contract negotiations with the airline if an agreement can’t be reached after one more round of government-supervised talks.
What this means
If an agreement isn’t reached, the pilots are requesting their release from mediation proceedings, starting the clock on a 30-day cooling off period before they could go on strike.
“We truly hope that the company will change its position during our next mediation session without imposition of a cooling-off period, and a strike deadline," Sun Country executive council chairman Brian Roseen said in a statement. "Sun Country pilots have always wanted a consensual agreement that recognizes their contributions to the success of the airline. We're returning to mediation with a willingness to do our part to avoid a work stoppage, but we've been negotiating for 5 years."
What the pilots want
Sun Country pilots are demanding a contract that would put them in a middle salary range among their peers, citing current salaries that are the lowest among Boeing 737 pilots for any scheduled-service U.S. airline. Sun Country pilots are working under a contract signed in 2005, with hourly pay rates that were fixed in 2005.