In yet another example of the TWU-IAM Association’s combined pre-merger power at the new American Airlines, stand-alone contracts will result in top-of-scale wage increases for Association-represented Mechanic and Related, Fleet Service and Stores workers.
“When the TWU-IAM Association formed after the merger of American and US Airways, the guiding principle was to ensure members at the ‘New American Airlines’ were treated fairly considering their prior sacrifices in creating the largest global carrier,” wrote IAM Transportation General Vice President Sito Pantoja and TWU International President Harry Lombardo. “These deserved wage hikes are an example of this philosophy and we aren’t stopping here. Your Negotiating Committees continued the contract reconciliation process last week in Chicago and will be back at the table in short order to fight for further deserved wage increases among other improvements.”
The increases vary between approximately 3 percent to almost 10 percent, depending on work classification and pre-merger carrier employment in mid-September.
“This is critical wage protection as there are many other issues that need to be resolved in joint contract negotiations,” continued Pantoja and Lombardo. “Each stand-alone contract ensures that Association members’ wages will not fall behind the industry as we fight for other equally important aspects of compensation, such as healthcare, pension benefits, job-security and work-rule improvements.”