“It has become crystal clear that US Airways has no intention of concluding a fair agreement with its mechanics,” said IAM District 142 President Tom Higginbotham. “CEO Doug Parker has been too busy negotiating with employees from another airline to bother with his own employees. He has infuriated IAM members by preferring to negotiate terms with people who have never sacrificed a single cent to keep US Airways flying.”
IAM Mechanic and Related members have been in negotiations with US Airways for more than two years, and in mediated talks since July 2011. The carrier has refused to alter its last four inadequate comprehensive economic proposals, creating the current impasse.
“Federal law dictates what happens when a carrier is unwilling to engage in meaningful bargaining,” said Higginbotham. “The dispute moves from the bargaining table to the street. It is time for the NMB to authorize that next step.” The Machinists Union represents approximately 14,000 workers at US Airways and is the largest union at the carrier. Separate negotiations between the IAM and US Airways for the Fleet Service classification will resume next week.
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