US Airways agrees union deals

US Airways Group has reached a final transition agreement with the Airline Customer Service Employee Association, an alliance between the Communication Workers of America (CWA) and the International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT), the two unions that represent the airline’s 7,700 passengers service employees and reservations agents.“We continue to move forward as we complete another important step in the integration process. The CWA and IBT should be commended for their resolve to reach an equitable agreement,” said US Airways President and CEO Doug Parker. “Our passenger service employees and reservation agents represent the largest customer facing employee group and this agreement will allow us to focus our collective efforts to providing a seamless product to our customers.”

The previously announced interim transition agreement provided that America West employees would transition to the current US Airways agreement and spelled out the transition of pay. The final transition agreement provides effective dates and details of what provisions will become effective when former America West employees transition to the existing US Airways contract. The agreements also contain certain seniority protocols which will be carried out by the union. The seniority lists will be integrated once the company merges the two workforces which is expected in the first quarter of 2007.