The National Mediation Board (NMB) has scheduled a “status conference” with the IAM and US Airways in Washington D.C. on Tuesday September 10, 2013 regarding the Mechanic and Related and Fleet Service negotiations.
The purpose of the meeting with the NMB is to discuss remaining issues and both parties’ positions on these issues.
“We are attending these meetings as unified groups with the single goal of attaining contracts IAM members want, need and deserve,” said IAM District 142 President Tom Higginbotham. “Our position has not changed; contract before merger.”
“The IAM requested a release to strike for both groups months ago and the NMB and US Airways continue to stall,” said IAM District 141 President Rich Delaney. “IAM members should not have to wait a second longer for a contract while US Airways earns record profits and scrambles to fix this merger debacle.”
IAM-represented Mechanic and Related, Maintenance Training Specialist and Fleet Service workers have been in negotiations for well over two years with US Airways. The IAM has requested a release from mediated talks for the Mechanic and Related and Fleet Service groups earlier this year.