US Airways secures union deal

US Airways and the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace
Workers (IAM) District 142 have announced a tentative agreement on a
single contract for the airline’s 40 maintenance training instructors. The tentative three-year agreement, which is subject to ratification, establishes new wages and other improvements. It would become amendable on Dec. 31, 2011. The IAM is releasing details of the agreement, and a ratification vote schedule has not yet been set.

“An important goal for our airline is to move all represented employees to single labor contracts, and we are extremely pleased that we have completed this third agreement with the IAM. We appreciate the work of the IAM negotiators, and our company negotiating committee led by VP-Labor Relations Al Hemenway, in achieving this tentative agreement,” said Doug Parker, Chairman and CEO of US Airways.

On April 8, mechanics and related employees ratified a new unified contract. That was immediately followed with an announcement that the airline had reached a tentative agreement with IAM-represented ramp and baggage service employees.