An interim labour agreement for around 30,000 American Airlines ground staff has been reached between the carrier and the TWU-IAM Association, an alliance between the Transport Workers Union and the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers.
Announced on Friday (August 5), the contract covers maintenance technicians, fleet service and other related employees affiliated with the union.
Maintenance staff and related employees will see average pay increases ranging from 15 to 36 per cent.
The agreement also includes a provision allowing TWU-IAM Association maintenance, fleet service and related employees to perform work on either pre-merger American or US Airways aircraft.
In a statement, Robert Isom, chief operating officer for American Airlines, said the “unique and innovative” interim deal will immediately provide the pay increases while the carrier continues to work towards a single labour agreement for the workers with the TWU-IAM Association.