The Teamsters issued this statement:
Nearly 400 Teamster mechanics and related employees at Piedmont Airlines saw a historic new contract go into effect today after voting overwhelmingly for higher pay, more rest time, and retirement security.
The 390-person unit is represented by multiple Teamster locals, servicing airline workers in New York, Pennsylvania, and Maryland. Teamsters ratified the new contract on Oct. 28, with members voting 87 percent to approve while recording record high turnout to finalize the deal.
Under the new agreement, Maintenance Technicians will receive up to 34 percent wage increases, Ground Support Equipment (GSE) Mechanics will get up to 36 percent raises, Building and Ground Mechanics will see up to 25 percent bumps, and Ground Personnel will receive up to 43 percent increases. In addition to the strong wages, an 8 percent signing bonus was added for all Teamsters.
Other significant improvements include better retirement benefits with an employer 401K match, more rest hours between shifts and after field trips with no loss of pay, longer paid parental leave, and increases in meal expenses and shoe allowance.
Top Copyright Photo: American Eagle (2nd)-Piedmont Airlines (2nd) Embraer ERJ 145LR (EMB-145LR) N649PP (msn 145234) CLT (Jay Selman). Image: 404205.
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