A Frontier Airlines Airbus A320neo takes off from Los Angeles International Airport on Sept. 23, 2017. (Photo: Jeremy Dwyer-Lindgren, special for USA TODAY)


DENVER (AP) — Frontier Airlines pilots will be voting on whether to accept a new contract proposal over the holidays.

Union leaders on Wednesday unanimously backed sending the deal to a vote after over two years of contract negotiations with the Denver-based discount carrier.

Union spokesman Capt. Alan Christie says voting will begin Dec. 20 and wrap up Jan. 10.

The Air Line Pilots Association will be holding meetings with pilots in Denver, Chicago and Las Vegas starting next week to discuss the deal, which it says includes improvements to pay, work rules and benefits.

Frontier pilots are currently working under a contract changed in 2011 to keep the airline out of bankruptcy.

They voted to authorize a strike last year but federal rules make it difficult to strike in the airline industry.

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