IAM Reaches Strong Tentative Agreement with Spirit Airlines

The IAM has reached a tentative agreement covering about 300 workers at Spirit Airlines.

The proposed five-year labor contract includes wage increases that, on average, would be 30 percent higher than current earnings. This would create the highest wages and overall compensation rates for ramp agents in the airline’s history. The proposed deal, which the IAM negotiating committee unanimously recommends members ratify, would also include more opportunities for double-time pay, new trainer positions and paid vacation for part-time agents. The proposal also includes a ratification bonus of $100 per year of service, with a $500 minimum.

The ratification vote on the tentative agreement is set for November 4.

“This proposal is the result of our strong negotiations team and it will help improve the livelihood of each and every member at Spirit Airlines,” said Richie Johnsen, IAM Chief of Staff to the International President. “I would like to thank District 141 President Mike Klemm and his staff, as well as IAM Airline Coordinator Tom Regan and Grand Lodge Representative Gil Simmons for the great collaborative work to secure this tentative deal. Our members can stand proud in the work of the committee, which held strong for improving the economic provisions that sets a tone of respect on the job and compensation to match.”

“The negotiating committee held strong with our demands for improved wages and other demands voiced by our members,” Airline Coordinator Tom Regan said. “These hard-working men and women have been on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic. This proposed labor contract rewards that dedication by each and every member who has made sure all Spirit Airlines’ passengers get to their destination safety.”

“I want to thank our IAM Negotiating Committee at Spirit for the outstanding work they’ve accomplished with this agreement. I particularly want to recognize the contributions of Local 368 members Almarie Jean, Linda Germain, Christopher Willis, and Gregory De La Cruz, who helped put this deal together,” said District 141 President and Directing General Chair Mike Klemm. “Along with District 141 Assistant General Chairs Andrea’ Myers, and Lead Negotiator Tony Gibson, this team spent countless hours away from loved ones to create a better workplace for our Spirit membership.”

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