A new contract covering more than 500 U.S.-based Air Canada employees was ratified by Teamster members who voted 200-to-101 in favor of the agreement. Voting was conducted electronically beginning on March 17 and ballots were tallied today showing overwhelming support for the new seven-year contract.
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Today, the Teamsters Union announced a tentative agreement with U.S.-based Air Canada Teamster represented employees that improves wages, benefits and job protections for the entire group. The agreement will be released to all affected members shortly. The ratification process will take place after the members have an opportunity to review the new terms.
The Association of Professional Flight Attendants and Association of Flight Attendants-CWA filed a petition Monday with the National Mediation Board asking that American Airlines and US Airways be considered a single carrier. That’s the step needed for the NMB to decide what union represents a work group.
Four months after the completion of the merger of American Airlines (AAL) and US Airways, all five of the US Airways unions said workers aren't yet seeing the benefits they expected. Customer service agents, jointly represented by the Communications Workers of America and the Teamsters, said "vendors working for American are encroaching on our work at some locations and forcing the association to file grievances."
American Airlines and US Airways moved another step closer to creating the world's biggest carrier but had to make concessions to help ensure the deal wouldn't lead to service cuts and higher fares. The Justice Department said Tuesday the agency would back the $11-billion combination under an agreement that the airlines give up dozens of gates at major hubs including New York, Washington and Los Angeles.
Could the merger battle between the Justice Department and would-be partners American and US Airways be headed for a settlement? The three parties said in a Monday filing that they've agreed on a mediator, who will attempt to facilitate a settlement resolving the government's lawsuit to block the proposed merger.