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*N E W S R E L E A S E*
November 9, 2011
*For Immediate Release *
*TWU Applauds Pilots Agreement with American Airlines*
*DALLAS *– Leaders of the Transport Workers Union (TWU), representing more
than 26,000 workers at American Airlines, applauded today the agreement in
principle reached by members of the Allied Pilots Association (APA) and
AMR, the airline’s parent company.
“It’s good news for American, its employees and its customers that APA
members are moving towards reaching consensual agreements, as our members
have, which protect the interests of employees and give American an
opportunity for a secure and stable future,” said TWU International
President James C. Little.
AMR has been in bankruptcy reorganization since November of 2011. Since
that time, TWU members have negotiated consensual agreement for workers in
seven work groups, including Maintenance and Related; Fleet and Ground
Service; Simulator Technicians; Flight Ground Instructors; Dispatchers;
Maintenance Control Technicians and Material Logistics Specialists.
Coming to consensual agreements in this environment has been difficult for
all labor groups at AMR. TWU members made a tough decision and chose to
accept the consensual agreements that were worked out during bankruptcy
proceedings. The union’s consensual agreements with American, at the
insistence of TWU negotiators, include early opener provisions, automatic
wage adjustments, various scope protections and important “me-too” language.
In addition, the agreements negotiated by TWU saved more than 6,800 jobs at
American Airlines, through a combination of bargaining for reduced job
cuts, early out and retirement incentives which reduced the need for
The “me-too” provision has benefitted our members already during
bankruptcy, providing TWU-represented workers with approximately $90
million in additional value each year.
Now, with the new agreement in principle reached between the APA and
American Airlines, TWU financial experts will review the changes and
determine if the company is required to add increased value to the TWU
“Any sacrifices that are necessary to keep this airline running have to be
shared equally,” said Little. “That’s why TWU insisted on a “me-too”
provision in every agreement we negotiated, and that’s why we have enforced
them to deliver tens of millions of dollars to our members. We’ll continue
on that path – and on a path that can make American a successful airline
*The Transport Workers Union of America (TWU) represents 200,000 workers
and retirees, primarily in commercial aviation, public transportation and
railroads, including 26,000 AMR employees.*
*The union is an affiliate of the AFL-CIO.*
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