WASHINGTON, DC – The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) have announced a tentative labor agreement with ExpressJet Airlines covering more than 1,200 flight attendants.
“In a time when companies are demanding employees pay more and more for less and less, the negotiating committee has secured the best healthcare on the property, guaranteed it for the life of the agreement, and decreased costs to the employee,” said IAM General Vice President Sito Pantoja. “They did this while achieving increases in wages and other benefits.”
The overall value of the three-year accord maintains its status as the leading regional airline flight attendant contract. The tentative agreement contained and improved healthcare costs, provides significant pay increases and improves flight attendant quality of life issues.
“Negotiations were extremely difficult due to the carrier’s merger with Atlantic Southeast Airlines and the need to bring each airline’s Flight Attendant group under a single contract,” said IAM District 19 President Dave Supplee. “Despite a significant wage disparity, this tentative agreement brings all Express Jet Flight Attendants under a single pay scale for the first time.”
The IAM is the world’s largest airline union representing more than 100,000 airline employees.