AirTran Mechanics Ratify Seniority Integration Agreement
WASHINGTON, June 22, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- On Thursday, June 21 mechanics at AirTran Airways represented by the Teamsters Union voted 262-65 in favor of ratifying a seniority integration agreement that will serve as the basis for integrating the AirTran and Southwest (SWA) mechanic seniority lists as these carriers move toward total operational integration.
Along with ratifying the seniority integration agreement, the AirTran mechanics also ratified, as part of the single ratification vote, a transition agreement between the Teamsters and Southwest/AirTran that will give them enhanced wages and benefits along with station protection at Baltimore-Washington International Airport and Orlando International Airport.
After months of contentious negotiations, the AirTran seniority integration committee was able to satisfy the wishes of the membership and reach an agreement with the SWA mechanics that both work groups were able to ratify. While the agreement falls outside the Teamsters philosophy of straight date of hire entry into classification the committee made the decision to proceed to a vote.
The next step in the process will be a joint filing for a single-carrier finding by the National Mediation Board. Upon such finding, the AirTran mechanics will transition to the Southwest agreement. Until that time, the Teamsters will continue to provide AirTran mechanics with the superior representation they have come to expect.
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