American Airlines has reached a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Transport Workers Union (TWU) outlining an interim contract with ground workers in the event of a merger with US Airways.
The agreement is the last among the Fort Worth-based carrier's three major workgroups. A MOU with the Allied Pilots Association (APA) was reached at the end of December and one with the Association of Professional Flight Attendants (APFA) in early January.
Ground workers would continue to work under their existing contract with American in the event of a merger with US Airways, according to the TWU. They would maintain their equity stake in the airline and seniority integration with staff at the Tempe, Arizona-based carrier would follow McCaskill-Bond procedures.
"Our members have made incredible sacrifices to keep American Airlines afloat," says James Little, president of the TWU International, in a statement. "If there is a merger, their critical role must be recognised. This agreement is a step in that direction."
American says: "We are pleased American has reached a three-party memorandum of understanding with the Transport Workers Union and US Airways, the terms of which will only become effective in the event of a merger. The MOU was reached to give the parties greater clarity on both the costs and integration processes associated with a potential merger with US Airways."