14,000 IAM Workers At American Airlines Could Be Headed For The Strike Lines

By Doug Cunningham

The 14,000 International Association of Machinists workers at American Airlines could be headed for the strike lines after a 30-day cooling off period unless a labor contract agreement is reached. And if they strike the 22,000 members of the Transport Workers Union at American say they will support the strike. IAM is tired of its US Airways members making ten percent less money than their counterparts at American Airlines. The IAM wants its members to be on the same wage level as TWU workers doing the same work. Now that the airlines are merged into the new American Airlines the union wants to reach an agreement to increase their members’ pay. IAM had been trying for two years to reach a deal with US Airways. The union has asked the National Mediation Board for a release from negotiation  that would trigger a 30-day cooling off period. If no agreement is reached after that IAM’s 14,000 members could go on strike at the merged American Airlines.

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