June 13, 2013–The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) formally requested that the National Mediation Board (NMB) release its US Airways Fleet Service members from further mediated contract negotiations and initiate a thirty-day countdown to a strike.
When the NMB releases both parties from mediated talks, the agency would then make a proffer of binding arbitration. If either party rejects the proffer, a 30-day cooling off period would begin. If an agreement still cannot be reached by the end of the 30 days, IAM members would be free to strike.
“This request for a release from mediation is the necessary next step in the mediation process to bring these negotiations to a successful conclusion,” said IAM District 141 President Rich Delaney. “It is not an action taken lightly by our Union, the Company, or the National Mediation Board.”
IAM Fleet Service members have been in negotiations with US Airways for more than two years and US Airways’ proposals to date have been inadequate.
IAM District 142 requested a release from mediated talks with US Airways for the Mechanic and Related classification on March 20, 2013.