American Airlines (Dallas/Fort Worth) and the International Association of Machinists (IAM) union have reached three tentative agreements covering more than 11,000 US Airways (Phoenix) mechanics, fleet service agents and maintenance training specialists. The Tentative Agreements cover the workgroups separately and amend pre-merger contracts. The three-year agreements are each subject to membership ratification. The union leadership and negotiating committees unanimously endorsed the tentative agreements, which if ratified, will lead to joint collective bargaining negotiations with their colleagues at the Transport Workers Union (TWU) to cover more than 30,000 employees at the new American Airlines.
The tentative agreements announced today continue progress on labor agreements at American Airlines since the merger with US Airways closed on December 9, 2013. Negotiations for a joint flight attendant agreement are underway. In addition, unions for pilots, flight attendants and customer service agents have filed petitions with the National Mediation Board for single carrier status determination to resolve union representation.
Copyright Photo: Brian McDonough/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A319-112 N702UW (msn 896) of US Airways now painted in the American Airlines brand arrives at Washington (Reagan National).
US Airways (Phoenix) is planning to file the necessary paperwork with the antitrust regulators for a proposed merger with AMR Corporation (Dallas/Fort Worth), the bankrupt parent of American Airlines (Dallas/Fort Worth), according to this report by Reuters. US Airways believes such a filing would ease antitrust concerns about a possible merger. Meanwhile American’s management is proceeding with their own Chapter 11 reorganization as a stand-alone carrier despite undying pressure from the unsecured creditors and the unions to consider a merger with US Airways.