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IAM Reaches Tentative Agreement
D.C., February 18, 2002 - The International Association of Machinists
and Aerospace Workers (IAM) announced a tentative agreement today for
15,000 United Airlines Mechanic and Related employees represented by
IAM District 141-M.
The landmark five-year accord comes 27 months after negotiations began,
and 2 days before a February 20 strike deadline. The Machinists group
recently voted to reject a proposal by United Airlines based on recommendations
of a Presidential Emergency Board (PEB).
“This agreement fulfills the IAM’s promise to negotiate an industry-leading
contract – one that recognizes the past sacrifice and current value
of these employees,” said District 141-M President and lead negotiator
Scotty Ford. “This negotiating committee unanimously recommends a ‘Yes’
vote on the agreement reached today.”
The new accord includes improvements over the PEB-brokered proposal.
Retirement benefits, application of license premiums, and a plan for
retroactive pay were all enhanced. A ‘linkage letter’ requiring IAM
participation in an unspecified recovery plan was modified to allow
union members to vote on the plan’s terms. A process to expedite the
next round of negotiations is also included in the tentative pact.
“Our negotiators worked aggressively for more than two years,” said
IAM International President Tom Buffenbarger. “Now the most important
people involved in these negotiations, our members, will have the final
Ratification voting will take place on March 5, 2002. District 141-M
and United have mutually agreed to extend the strike deadline to March
7, 2002 to allow time for ratification voting. Full details of the agreement
will be available on the District 141-M web site at www.iam141m.org
as soon as they are prepared.
“This agreement shows that settlements can be reached without government
interference,” said General Vice President Robert Roach, Jr. “Not until
a firm strike deadline was set and the prospect of further delay eliminated
was this agreement possible.”
IAM District 141, representing 30,000 Ramp & Stores, Public Contact,
Food Services and Security Officers is still in mediated negotiations
with United. Both IAM districts have been negotiating with United Airlines
since December 1999. All IAM contracts with United became amendable
on July 12, 2000.