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AA announces tentative compromise with TWU

AA announces tentative compromise with TWU
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(Photo) American Airlines Tulsa base

AA announces tentative compromise with TWU

American Airlines has announced it has reached agreement on a tentative contract with the Transport Workers Union workgroups that represent the airline's mechanics, including those employed at the maintenance plant in Tulsa.

AA spokesperson Bruce Hicks sent KRMG this statement about the agreement:

“American Airlines is very pleased to have reached agreements on proposed contracts with the TWU Mechanic & Related and Stores workgroups. We reached agreements that address the needs of our people and still allow us to achieve the cost savings necessary for our company to compete and succeed.

As with APA, we were able to reduce the amount of targeted cost savings for these two TWU workgroups, in this case by about $35 million annually. Through this reduction, and a reallocation of profit sharing, we were able to provide additional pay raises, an adjustment to industry pay rates after three years, and changes in active medical benefits.

If ratified, these agreements would allow us to create a successful future for tens of thousands of American Airlines employees as we move through restructuring and beyond. The TWU tentative agreements, along with our tentative agreement with the APA, demonstrate that we can work creatively to reach a resolution that puts our company in a position to move forward quickly and successfully. We are pleased the Mechanic & Related and Stores TWU members will have the opportunity to review and vote on these tentative agreements.”

The agreement helps pave the way for other unions to reach agreement with the embattled airline.

TWU workers will vote on the proposed contract, a process that will take until early August.

The union posted this statement on its website:

Maintenance and Related and Stores Workers Achieve Improvements from Previous Offers

Dallas – Members of the Transport Workers Union at American Airlines have reached new tentative agreements with the company for workers in the Maintenance and Related (M&R) and Stores bargaining units, the union said today.

“Our strategy to keep all of our options open and fight for fairness for all of our members is working,” said TWU International President James C. Little. “These two new agreements represent an improvement from the company’s previous offers and its motion to void our contracts pending before U.S. Bankruptcy Court. We will now present these tentative agreements to our membership for their final decision.”

TWU Local Union representatives on the M&R and Stores negotiating committees have been in difficult and protracted discussions over the last two weeks attempting to reach a tentative agreement.

The decision to accept the company’s improved offers as tentative agreements concluded with a majority vote late today. This decision recognizes that these agreements improve the terms in the company’s motion before the judge under Section 1113 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code, which is scheduled for a ruling on August 15.

The tentative agreements announced today will be put to TWU members for a membership vote to conclude sometime around August 8. The results of the vote will be available before a ruling from the U.S. Bankruptcy Court on whether to void current collective bargaining agreements for M&R and Stores workers.

The agreements include a 3.0 % pay raise upon signing for M&R workers and 3.5% for Stores workers. Health insurance coverage has been improved from the previous company offer. The six-year agreement includes a market readjustment, based on industry compensation after 36 months and a full contract RLA Section 6 re-opener after four years.

AMR, the parent company of American Airlines, entered bankruptcy in November of 2011. The company had demanded hundreds of millions in cost reductions from TWU members and other workers. Contract offers based on these demands were rejected by M&R and Stores workers in May of this year.

Members of five other TWU work groups – fleet service clerks, dispatchers, ground school instructors, maintenance control technicians and simulator technicians – voted to ratify their respective agreements.

Following a new round of negotiations with the Allied Pilots Association which lessened by 15% the cost reduction demanded from AMR pilots, the five TWU work groups with ratified agreements negotiated new, improved agreements in June, based on “me-too” clauses in their contracts.

The M&R and Stores tentative agreements, if ratified by the membership, will also now contain “me-too” clauses. The parties also agreed to provide for equity claims to be negotiated between TWU and AMR based on the offer proposed to the APA pilots, subject to court approval. This mirrors the rights given to TWU’s other five contract work groups who already have ratified contracts in place.

“We made the case very aggressively to the company, and now we have tentative agreements for review and action by our members. These are still concessionary and painful deals, but we continue to fight in real ways to lessen the impact of these changes on our members and their families.”

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