US Airways, American Airlines Announce Back-Room Deal

 CEO Doug Parker disrespects IAM-represented workers at US Airways.

CEO Doug Parker disrespects IAM-represented workers at US Airways.

US Airways and American Airlines today announced an agreement for American Airlines’ Mechanics and Related, Fleet Service, Materials and Logistics Specialists, Fleet Simulator Technicians, Ground School and Simulator Instructors, Maintenance Control Technicians and Dispatchers in the event the two carriers merge. The agreement calls for a 4.3 percent raise and defines processes for other transition related issues.

“US Airways needs to get serious about coming to contract terms with its own employees instead of bribing American’s employees to support its merger dreams,” said IAM General Vice President Sito Pantoja.

“Management needs to spend less time and money on hypothetical mergers and more time addressing their current employess’ needs. This 4.3 percent raise is not even a down payment on what IAM members at US Airways will get at the conclusion of our negotiations,” said Pantoja. “IAM members can rest assured that their negotiators will not ask them to accept such a paltry pay increase. IAM members, and only IAM members, will determine the terms of their contract.”

“The executives at US Airways should be ashamed of themselves. IAM members have made this carrier a success once again only to be treated with disrespect,” said Pantoja. “It’s time to pay the rent and the paltry 4.3 percent USAirways offered American’s employees is unacceptable.”

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Former Teamsters Choose IAM at Luke Air Force Base

Former Teamster members choose IAM representation at Luke Air Force base.

Former Teamster members choose IAM representation at Luke Air Force base.

Four former IBT bargaining units at Luke Air Force Base in Phoenix, AZ voted “YES” for IAM representation with the IAM garnering 80 percent of the vote.  The former Teamster members decertified the IBT in 2009 after enduring poor representation, especially the lack of expertise in the Service Contract Act (SCA) area.

The 82 employees work for four separate companies at the base, L-3 Vertex, the primary contractor, and three sub-contractors; AVPOL, NFFM (Northwest Florida Facilities Management) and ORASA. The new members are primarily aircraft mechanics and workers on F-16 Fighter Jets. CLICK TO READ MORE

IAM Calls for Tighter Regulation of Aircraft Repair Stations

The IAM has led the fight to keep highly skilled Aircraft Mechanic jobs in the US.


IAM General Vice President Sito Pantoja called for tighter regulations in response to the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) Notice of Proposed Rulemaking which seeks to reform the rules governing aircraft repair stations.

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