PHOENIX, April /PRNewswire-FirstCall/—America West Airlines (NYSE: AWA) today announced that a five-year collective bargaining agreement has been ratified by the carrier`s stock clerks, represented by the International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT), and approved by the company`s board of directors. The contract, tentatively agreed last month between the company and the IBT, was approved by 88 percent of the voting employees.
“We are pleased to have reached this agreement,” said Douglas Parker, chairman and chief executive officer. “The contract addresses key issues raised by America West`s stock clerks while recognizing the company`s current financial condition. The contract is also consistent with the terms of our agreement with the Air Transportation Stabilization Board.”
The stock clerks workgroup includes approximately 55 employees. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed.
Founded in 1983 and proudly celebrating its 20-year anniversary in 2003, America West Airlines is the nation`s second largest low-fare airline and the only carrier formed since deregulation to achieve major airline status. Today, America West serves 92 destinations in the U.S., Canada and Mexico.