USAIR Update 3/30/14

US Airways members from both Districts 141 and 142 took our message of the need for contracts for all USAir IAM members directly to the flying public this past week. Members in CLT, PHL, BOS, PHX, and DEN walked together and handbilled passengers informing them of our frustration with the company’s failure to negotiate fair agreements for Fleet Service, Maintenance and Related, and Instructor employees of the airline. Passengers were asked to contact Doug Parker directly and urge him to settle these contracts before any disruption in service would occur. We are waiting for a response from the National Mediation Board to our continuing request for a release from mediation and the establishing of a 30 day countdown period to bring these talks to a conclusion. The NMB is evaluating the positions of both parties and has not indicated when they would make a determination either to move forward under the Railway Labor Act and make a proffer of binding arbitration or direct both sides to return to the bargaining table and continue under mediation. The IAM has made it clear that a return to that kind of negotiations would be unproductive and just serve to further delay the process since we believe we have reached an impasse that cannot be resolved by continuing a failed practice.
The response from passengers and other airline employees was very positive and supportive. As we expand our support group, through our participation in the Union Labor Coalition of US Airways and our strengthening alliance with the American Airlines Transport Workers Union membership, additional public demonstrations will be held in airports throughout the system. Preparations for an undesired but potential work stoppage continue on a coordinated basis with District 142 and our Maintenance and Related Brothers and Sisters.

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