Labor agreements

Updated May 2018

About 44 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.

Flight attendants

Horizon Air's 619 flight attendants are represented by the Association of Flight Attendants (AFA). A contract extension was ratified in January 2016 and becomes amendable on July 18, 2019.


Horizon Air's 792 pilots are represented by the International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT). A new contract was ratified in February 2016, and becomes amendable December 31, 2024.

Aircraft technicians and Fleet service agents

Horizon Air's 274 aircraft technicians and fleet service agents are represented by the International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT). A six-year agreement was ratified on June 27, 2014, and becomes amendable December 16, 2020.

Canadian station employees (Vancouver and Victoria, British Columbia)

Horizon's Air's 33 Canadian station employees are represented by Unifor. A three-year contract was ratified on February 14, 2016, and expires February 13, 2019.


Horizon Air's 20 dispatchers are represented by the Transport Workers Union (TWU). Their four-year contract was ratified onA April 15, 2014, and is amendable August 26, 2018.