Republic reaches contract agreement with flight attendants

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Republic Airways Holdings reached a tentative agreement on a new five-year contract with the union that represents some 2,000 flight attendants that work for subsidiaries Chautauqua Airlines, Republic Airlines and Shuttle America.

The agreement, reached with the International Brotherhood of Teamsters Local 135, includes pay increases, improvements in quality of life and more flexible scheduling, says the Indianapolis-based company in a media release.

The agreement still must be presented to union members for review and a ratification vote, which Republic expects will happen in July. Republic executive vice president and chief operating officer Wayne Heller says in the release that the tentative agreement "not only provides the economics that allow the company to remain competitive as we pursue additional business opportunities, but also recognises the vital role our flight attendants have made in making our company successful."

"This [tentative agreement] reflects the dedication and hard work of the [union's] and company's negotiating committees," Heller adds.

The announcement comes one week after Republic Airways Holdings announced it reached a tentative agreement on a five-year contract with 90 dispatchers at Chautauqua, Republic Airlines and Shuttle America.

Those workers are represented by the Transportation Workers Union Local 540.