Contract agreement reached by Republic Airways, dispatchers

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Republic Airways Holdings reached a tentative agreement on a five-year contract with nearly 90 dispatchers at subsidiaries Chautauqua Airlines, Republic Airlines and Shuttle America.

The proposed contract calls for pay increases and work rule improvements for dispatchers, which are represented by the Transportation Workers Union Local 540 (TWU).

The agreement will now be presented to union members for review and a ratification vote, which is expected to be held in July, according to a media release from Indianapolis-based Republic.

"We are pleased to have reached an agreement that recognises the many contributions of our flight dispatchers. It provides the economics that allow the company to remain competitive in recruiting outstanding employees as we grow our airline and [it] maintains our competitive position as we pursue additional business opportunities," Republic's executive vice president and chief operating officer Wayne Heller says in the release.

Heller adds that the agreement "reflects the hard work and cooperation of our local negotiating committees and of the TWU national organisation."

"We thank the TWU for their diligent pursuit of obtaining an agreement in support of their membership and our airlines," Heller says.