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30,000 TWU-IAM ground workers open negotiations with American Airlines

American Airlines Boeing 757-2B7 WL N935UW (msn 27201) CLT (Jay Selman). Image: 402735.

American Airlines (Dallas/Fort Worth) has opened contract negotiations with 30,000 ground workers.  The TWU-IAM Association announced that it commenced the largest ever joint contract negotiations with American Airlines for approximately 30,000 ground workers in Dallas, Texas.

The unions issued this statement:

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“American Airlines is booking record profits quarter after quarter because of its merger with US Airways. The carrier will more than double its earnings this year as compared to last year’s results,” said Association Chairman and Vice Chairman Sito Pantoja and Harry Lombardo, respectively. “The time has come for the 30,000 TWU-IAM Association members to achieve what they rightfully deserve: the industry’s best contracts.”

“It was these workers who sacrificed when times were bad and made it possible for American to not only survive, but now thrive,” continued Pantoja and Lombardo. “It’s high time they receive their just rewards by attaining the job security, compensation, working conditions and the dignified retirement they rightfully deserve. Nothing less will suffice.”

American Airlines and US Airways merged in 2013, creating the largest global airline. In response to that consolidation, the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) and the Transport Workers Union (TWU) formed a labor alliance, representing approximately 30,000 Mechanic and Related, Fleet Service and Stores/Logistics employees. Prior to the merger, the TWU represented pre-merger ground workers at American and the IAM represented their pre-merger US Airways counterparts.

The TWU-IAM Association is the largest labor union at American Airlines.

Copyright Photo: Jay Selman/AirlinersGallery.com. Formerly painted in the Star Alliance livery, Boeing 757-2B7 N935UW (msn 27201) arrives at the Charlotte hub.

American Airlines aircraft slide show (current livery): AG Airline Slide Show

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American Airlines and US Airways move one step closer to a merger with this announcement

American Airlines (Dallas/Fort Worth) will soon make a decision on whether it will proceed with the proposed merger with US Airways (Phoenix). The two airlines have issued this joint statement which brings a probable merger one step closer with a new agreement between its pilots:

American Airlines and US Airways, with participation of committee counsel for the Unsecured Creditors Committee, are pleased that they have completed discussions with the Allied Pilots Association and US Airline Pilots Association intended to develop a framework for the terms of employment for pilots, as well as a process for pilot integration, in the event of a merger between AA and US during restructuring.  This memorandum of understanding was approved by the Allied Pilots Association’s Board of Directors and by USAPA’s Board of Pilot Representatives.  This memorandum of understanding will assist all of the stakeholders, including the Boards of AMR and US Airways, in making an informed decision as to whether a merger should ultimately be pursued.  The MOU is one of several elements to be considered before a decision on a merger can be made.  Details regarding the MOU are still covered by the terms of a non-disclosure agreement so they cannot be further disclosed at this time. 

American Airlines’ board of directors meets next week to consider its course of action. Read the analysis by Reuters: CLICK HERE

Top Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing. The Boeing 767-200s of both airlines are likely to be retired fairly soon if a merger is accomplished. American’s Boeing 767-223 ER N324AA (msn 22325) is mainly assigned to the transcontinental routes and is pictured departing from Los Angeles International Airport.

American Airlines: AG Slide Show

US Airways: AG Slide Show

Bottom Copyright Photo: Bruce Drum. A decision will have to made about US Airways’ membership in the Star Alliance if a merger is pursued. Boeing 757-2B7 N935UW 9msn 27201) arrives at Las Vegas.

US Airways announces a new code share agreement with Croatia Airlines

US Airways (Phoenix) and Croatia Airlines (Zagreb) today (June 27) announced a new bilateral codeshare agreement after receiving approval from the Croatian Civil Aviation Agency and the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT). US Airways’ customers will enjoy expanded service to destinations in Croatia and the convenience of a single-ticket purchase for a seamless travel experience. Customers traveling on Croatia Airlines will also receive expanded access to the United States.

US Airways customers will be able to connect to Zagreb on Croatia Airlines flights from Amsterdam, Brussels, Frankfurt, London-Heathrow, Munich and Zurich. Equally, Croatia Airlines’ customers traveling from Zagreb will have access to US Airways’ East Coast hubs of Charlotte and Philadelphia when traveling from these European destinations. Croatia Airlines will also add its code on US Airways flights from Philadelphia to Cleveland, Detroit and St. Louis. In the future, US Airways and Croatia Airlines intend to expand their relationship to include flights to and from Dubrovnik and Split.

Top Copyright Photo: Jay Selman.

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Bottom Copyright Photo: Keith Burton.