US Airways reaches union deal

US Airways and the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace
Workers (IAM) District 141 have announced they have reached a
tentative agreement on a single contract for the airline’s 7,700 ramp
and baggage handling employees. The tentative agreement, which is subject to ratification, establishes new wages and makes other improvements for the airline’s baggage handlers and ramp personnel.

The IAM is releasing details of the agreement soon. A ratification vote schedule has not yet been set. The new agreement becomes amendable on Dec. 31, 2011.

“Today’s announcement moves us even closer to our goal of bringing all of our represented work groups to single labor agreements, and we appreciate the hard work of our company and union negotiators to achieve this tentative agreement,” said Doug Parker, chairman and CEO of US Airways.

Vice President, Labor Relations Al Hemenway added, “We are extremely pleased to have reached a mutually beneficial tentative agreement that recognizes the contributions and efforts of our fleet service employees.”