Horizon Air Employees And Collective Bargaining

Updated March, 2014

About 50 percent of Horizon's workforce is covered by collective bargaining agreements. The airline's philosophy is to provide market-based wages to all of its employees.

Contract negotiations in the commercial airline industry are governed by the Railway Labor Act (RLA), which Congress passed in 1926. The RLA seeks to avoid interruptions in interstate commerce by setting clear guidelines for labor negotiations at railroads and airlines. The act also established the National Mediation Board as the federal body charged with oversight of labor negotiations.

Under the RLA, airline labor contracts never expire. Instead, each contract has an amendable date when the union and the company have the option to amend the contract.

To respect the bargaining process, the airline provides limited information on the status of ongoing labor negotiations.

Flight attendants

Horizon Air's 595 flight attendants are represented by the Association of Flight Attendants (AFA). A five-year contract was ratified on July 18,2013 and becomes amendable on July 18, 2018.


Horizon Air's 569 pilots are represented by the International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT). A contract extension was ratified December 1, 2012, and the next contract becomes amendable December 14, 2018.

Aircraft mechanics and related employees

Horizon Air's 280 aircraft mechanics and related employees are represented by the International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT). A four-year contract was ratified on December 15, 2010 and becomes amendable December 16, 2014.

Passenger Service and Service Assist Employees (Vancouver and Victoria)

Horizon's Air's 49 passenger service agents in Canada are represented by Canadian Auto Workers (CAW). Their new three-year contract was ratified on February 11, 2013, and expires February 14, 2016.


Horizon Air's 17 dispatchers are represented by the Transport Workers Union (TWU). Their four-year contract was ratified October 4, 2010, and becomes amendable August 26, 2014.

Maintenance Stores Employees

Horizon Air’s 33 maintenance stores employees are represented by the International Association of Machinists (IAM).  This is a new union-represented labor group and will begin negotiating their first contract in February 2013.

Total Horizon Employees – 3,065