American and US Airways’ Machinists Union Reach Accord
American Airlines announced on Saturday that three workgroups at US Airways ratified new collective bargaining agreements.
The agreements cover over 11,000 employees at the American Airlines subsidiary and include mechanics, fleet service clerks, and other ground workers. All three groups were represented by the International Association of Machinists. The National Mediation Board participated in the negotiations.
The three-year contracts provide for increased wages and improved job security, according to a statement from the union. They also will maintain “affordable health insurance” and preserve defined-benefit pension plans at the airline.
The new agreements will remain in place for the US Airways employees until a joint collective bargaining agreement that covers these workgroups at both US Airways and well as at American Airlines is in place, the airline said in a statement.
“These agreements will allow us to focus on the next steps for integrating our airlines,” said Doug Parker, the airline’s CEO. “We can now start the process of bringing these employee groups together with their co-workers from American through joint collective bargaining agreements.”
American is still in negotiation to reach joint flight attendant and pilot collective bargaining agreements.
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