US Airways and the
Transport Workers Union (TWU) Local 546, representing approximately 25
flight simulator engineers, have reached a tentative agreement on a new
contract to reduce costs in support of the company’s Transformation Plan
to become a low- cost carrier. Details of the agreement have not been disclosed pending the TWU’s
communication of the agreement to its members.
“This decision to reach into our pockets and give again did not come
easily. However, we fully recognize how important it is for everyone to
participate to ensure the success of the company. We have done our part,”
said Rob Lenhart, president of TWU local 546.
“The TWU simulator engineers have shown great determination in their
efforts to keep this company on a forward course and we thank them for
their perseverance in reaching this agreement,” said Jerrold A. Glass, US
Airways senior vice president of employee relations.
Ratification of this agreement is expected to be completed within one week
and requires approval by the bankruptcy court. This is the third of three
agreements now reached by the TWU.
Meetings with the Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA), the Association of
Flight Attendants (AFA), the Communications Workers of America (CWA), and
the International Association of Machinists (IAM), continue.