US Airways and the Communications
Workers of America (CWA), representing the company’s airport customer
service and reservations call center employees, today reached a tentative
cost-savings agreement as part of the company’s Transformation Plan. Terms were not disclosed pending CWA’s briefing of its members. The
agreement must be ratified by the CWA’s members, and approved by the
bankruptcy court. Ratification is expected to take approximately two
weeks. US Airways has approximately 3,900 airport customer service
employees and approximately 1,700 employees in reservations in Pittsburgh
and Winston-Salem, N.C.
“We recognize the difficulty of this decision given the personal
sacrifices that our CWA employees already have made, and we regret the
industry conditions that require further changes to reduce costs,” said
Jerrold A. Glass, US Airways senior vice president of employee relations.
“But this agreement, coupled with our recent aircraft leasing and
financing package, gives US Airways positive momentum toward a successful
implementation of its Transformation Plan.”
US Airways has ratified agreements with the Air Line Pilots Association
and the three units of the Transport Workers Union. Negotiations continue
with the Association of Flight Attendants (AFA) and the International
Association of Machinists (IAM), mechanics and related, fleet service
workers, and maintenance training specialists.