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US Airways’ flight attendants reject the new contract

US Airways‘ (Phoenix) flight attendants, represented by the the Association of Flight Attendants (AFA), voted 51 percent against ratifying the proposed five-year agreement that would have amended existing contracts for the 6,800 flight attendants.

US Airways issued the following statement:

Flight attendants at US Airways, represented by the Association of Flight Attendants (AFA) have voted 51 percent to 49 percent to not ratify a proposed five-year collective bargaining agreement between the carrier and AFA. US Airways and AFA reached a tentative agreement on August 7, 2012 that would have amended existing contracts for the airline’s 6,800 flight attendants who are based in its three hub cities of Charlotte, N.C., Philadelphia and Phoenix and its Washington, D.C. focus city.

“We are disappointed that our flight attendants chose to vote against ratification of a new contract,” said Doug Parker, US Airways’ Chairman and CEO. “The tentative agreement was unanimously endorsed by AFA leaders in each domicile and by the members of the AFA negotiating committee, and we thank them for their leadership. We would also like to express our appreciation to National Mediation Board Member Linda Puchala and Mediator Jim Mackenzie and Veda Shook, AFA’s International President, for their assistance in reaching the tentative agreement. Going forward, our current collective bargaining agreements remain in place, and we will consult with the National Mediation Board (NMB) to determine the next steps.”

Copyright Photo: Bruce Drum. Airbus A319-112 N745VJ (msn 1289) painted in the 1966 Allegheny Airlines legacy livery taxies to the runway at the Charlotte Douglas International Airport hub.

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Allegiant’s pilots pick the Teamsters to represent them

Allegiant Air‘s (Las Vegas) pilots have selected the Teamsters to represent them. The company issued the following statement:

Allegiant has received notification from the National Mediation Board (NMB) that employees voting in the pilot election have chosen to be represented by the International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT).

“Allegiant respects the right of the pilot group to elect third-party representation, and we will work with the IBT to the best interests of both our employees and the Company,” Maurice J. Gallagher, Jr., Allegiant CEO and Chairman, said. “Contract negotiations can be a lengthy process and we do not anticipate any disruptions to our business or operations.”

Copyright Photo: Stephen Tornblom. McDonnell Douglas DC-9-83 (MD-83) N868GA (msn 49554) prepares to taxi from the gate at Long Beach.


United and the IAM agree to expedite contract talks

United Airlines (Chicago) and the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) Have announced an agreement to enter into expedited contract negotiations with the assistance of the National Mediation Board (NMB) for six classifications covering 35,400 employees at the airline.

The agreement announced today establishes an intense bargaining process with the goal of achieving joint labor agreements by November 15, 2012. If new accords cannot be reached, the IAM and United Airlines agree to jointly apply for mediation to combine all contracts into a single agreement for each classification.

Pre-merger United employees have been in mediated contract negotiations since 2009 that have remained stalled due to the merger of United, Continental and Continental Micronesia and subsequent representation elections. Employees from Continental and Continental Micronesia are either working under contracts that are not normally amendable or were unrepresented prior to the merger and currently have no contract.

The IAM is the largest union at United Airlines representing 34,500 Fleet Service, Customer Service and Reservations, Stock Clerk, Dining Service, Maintenance Instructor, Ground Instructor and Security Officer Employees.

Copyright Photo: Pascal Simon. Boeing 767-424 ER N76054 (msn 29449) arrives in Frankfurt.



United Airlines and ALPA reach a tentative agreement

United Continental Holdings, Inc. (United Airlines) (Chicago) has announced that the company has reached an agreement in principle on a new joint collective bargaining agreement with the Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA) representing pilots at the United and Continental subsidiaries. The agreement is subject to definitive documentation, approvals by the ALPA master executive councils of each subsidiary and ratification by the company’s pilots.

“This agreement follows intense negotiations with our pilot group and is an important step forward for our company. I want to thank both negotiating teams for their efforts in reaching this agreement,” said Fred Abbott, senior vice president of flight operations for United.

“The National Mediation Board played a crucial role in our negotiations, and I want to recognize NMB member Linda Puchala for her personal involvement and thank Senior Mediator Patricia Sims for her professional and effective mediation support,” said Mike Bonds, executive vice president of human resources and labor relations at United.

Copyright Photo: Eddie Maloney.

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The Teamsters want to represent Allegiant’s pilots

Allegiant Air‘s (Las Vegas) pilots will soon have a choice whether they want to be represented by the Teamsters or continue to directly negotiate with the company.

The airline issued the following statement:

“Allegiant has received notification from the National Mediation Board (NMB) that International Brotherhood of Teamsters, Airline Division has filed an application for a representation election on behalf of Allegiant Air pilots. This will be the first time Allegiant pilots have voted on union representation.

“We strongly believe that Allegiant’s success is attributable in large part to our pilots and the direct, open relationship we have with them,” Maurice J. Gallagher, Jr., Allegiant CEO and Chairman, said. “We are committed to ensuring a fair election and we are confident Allegiant pilots will cast their votes based on the facts, and not rush to judgment based on IBT propaganda.”

Copyright Photo: Eddie Maloney. Formerly operated by Britannia Airways/Thomsonfly/Thomson Airways as G-BYAO, the pictured Boeing 757-204 at hot Las Vegas joined the Allegiant fleet as N905NV on March 15, 2012 in time to launch new low-fare flights to Hawaii.