Washington, D.C., May 20, 2015 – The National Mediation Board (NMB) this week certified the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) and the Transport Workers Union (TWU) as joint administrators for labor contracts covering 30,000 workers employed at the recently merged US Airways and American Airlines.
The TWU-IAM Association will immediately begin serving as lawful collective bargaining representatives for Fleet Service, Mechanic and Related, and Stores employees at the new American Airlines.
“With today’s ruling, the Associations can now get down to the business of negotiating the industry’s best contracts that our members deserve,” said TWU International President Harry Lombardo and IAM General Vice President Sito Pantoja in a joint statement.
The NMB ruling follows an August 16, 2014 request for the NMB to make a determination of single carrier status for all classes and crafts covered by the different unions at the merged carrier. The NMB ruled on April 15, 2015 that American was operating as a single carrier for all groups covered by the Associations’ filing.
The NMB’s process allowed a 30-day period after a single carrier determination for any intervenor to supply a showing of interest to compete for representation of the employees affected. When no such showing of interest was filed, the Board issued a certification of the TWU-IAM Associations as the recognized bargaining agents.
The TWU-IAM Association represents approximately 30,000 ground workers at American Airlines and is the largest union at the carrier.