August 20, 2016
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel
Tulsa, OK, USA – Ground-crew workers at American Airlines will get raises averaging about 22% this November, under the terms of an interim agreement with the union alliance representing them announced Aug. 5.
The deal will give the about 30,000 maintenance, fleet service, and related employees the highest wages in the industry, the TWU-IAM Association said, and they will also get a lump-sum payment before November. The Transport Workers Union and International Association of Machinists formed the Association after American, where the TWU represents ground workers, merged with US Airways, a Machinists shop, in 2013. They are still negotiating a joint contract with American. “The process of bargaining joint contracts after a mega-airline merger like American and US Airways is complex and time-consuming,” Association Chair Sito Pantoja and Vice Chair Harry Lombardo said in a statement. The agreement will also let ground crews work on planes regardless of whether they were owned by American or US Airways before the merger. Read more