ARLINGTON, Va., Aug. 29, 2002—US Airways` fleet service workers, represented by the International Association of Machinists (IAM) District 141, yesterday ratified an agreement on the company`s restructuring plan by a 62 percent margin, while the mechanics and related workers, represented by District 141-M, rejected an agreement by a 57 percent margin.
“Our fleet service workers have demonstrated outstanding personal commitment and vision in accepting this agreement. We are grateful for their decision to voluntarily participate in US Airways` restructuring,” said David Siegel, US Airways president and chief executive officer. “Their personal sacrifice is an enormous contribution to help set US Airways back on the path to financial health.”
“We are extremely disappointed by the vote of our mechanics,” said Siegel. “While we continue to work hard to achieve voluntary agreements with all of our labor groups, we now regrettably must pursue changes to the mechanics` contract through the bankruptcy court if we are unable to quickly reach a new agreement.”
In addition to this ratification by the fleet service workers, US Airways has restructuring plan agreements in place with its pilots, represented by the Air Line Pilots Association; flight attendants, represented by the Association of Flight Attendants; simulator engineers, dispatchers, and the flight crew training instructors, each represented by the Transport Workers Union; and Maintenance Training Specialists, represented by the IAM.
No agreement has yet been reached with the Communications Workers of America, representing US Airways` 7,200 reservations sales representatives and ticket counter representatives. At US Airways` request, the U.S. bankruptcy court has set a hearing date of Sept. 10, 2002, when US Airways will seek relief from existing contracts that do not include modifications as part of the restructuring plan.