Here' what you need to know.
In 2014, JetBlue Pilots voted to join the Airline Pilots Association (ALPA) and immediately began negotiating for their first contract. After more than three years of stalling and lowball offers by the company, the pilots have finally reached an "Agreement in Principle" on what might become the first union contract in the history of the airline.
The Agreement in Principle is not a finished contract yet, however. The exact language still needs to be approved by the Pilots Union leadership, who may suggest changes and will determine whether or not to send it out to their membership for a vote. If passed, it will be expanded with contract language into a new document called a "Tentative Agreement," and sent out to the Pilots for a ratification vote.
Only after a majority of JetBlue pilots vote to approve the Tentative Agreement will it become a finalized, legally-binding union contract.
The exact details of the Agreement in Principle have not been made publicly available yet. However, Union leaders seem cautiously optimistic. “This Agreement in Principle is the next step toward our final goal of having a fair and equitable contract with our company,” said Patrick Walsh, head of the ALPA unit at JetBlue, in a statement reported by Bloomberg News.
In April, the Flight Attendants voted to unionize, becoming the second workgroup to begin collectively bargaining at the airline. The most significant remaining group at the airline that remains non-union is Ground Ops, which is currently organizing with the IAM.