Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

American Airlines Reaches Labor Agreement

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

American Airlines Reaches Labor Agreement

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TULSA - American Airlines Group cleared a major hurdle on Monday, reaching a tentative agreement with the 11,000-member International Association of Machinists.

The contract with the union is critical as it covers mechanics, service agents and maintenance workers, said William McGlashen, AAL spokesman.

"It is a really good first step to conclude with the IAM group," McGlashen said.

For fleet service workers, the tentative agreement includes a $1,500 signing bonus, furlough protection, and a 3-percent raise each year of the contract - 3 percent on the date of signing, another 3-percent raise in September and a 3-percent raise in September 2015.

The mechanics' contract includes 3-percent wage increases each year of the contract as well, furlough protection and a merger seniority integration agreement.

If ratified, the contract will lead to joint collective bargaining negotiations with Transport Workers Union workers to cover more than 30,000 employees at the new American Airlines.

The merged company is making steady progress as American Airlines works on its integration with US Airways, said Dale Danker, president of Transport Workers Union Local 514.

"We have stood in solidarity with them and are excited they have something," Danker said on Monday.

If the membership likes it and can get it passed, the two unions can move closer to what Danker called harmonization of the contracts.

The TWU represents 22,000 mechanics and ground workers nationwide at the legacy American Airlines. The TWU and IAM had previously agreed to represent both groups jointly once the merger was complete and the IAM hammered out a new contract.

AMR Corp., the parent of American Airlines and US Airways Group, the parent company of US Airways, merged on Dec. 9, 2013.

"We do have an alliance and that goes into effect once they get their contract," Danker said. "We will join and work to bring about one contract. …

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