Maintenance Control Technicians Ratify Contract Put Forth by American Airlines and the Transport Workers Union

Missy Latham, American Airlines labor spokesperson, issued the following statement:

Aug 24, 2010, 23:02 ET from American Airlines

FORT WORTH, Texas, Aug. 24 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- "American is very pleased the TWU-represented Maintenance Control Technicians (Technical Specialists) ratified their contract. These employees will realize immediate financial gains, along with more vacation days, holidays and sick time.

"Since we started negotiations with all of our workgroups, our objective has been clear: Position the company to compete successfully for the long-term and provide competitive pay and benefits, and a good career for our employees.

"While the Mechanic & Related and Stores agreements were not approved, we expect to continue working toward new agreements and will look to the National Mediation Board for guidance on next steps with these workgroups. American felt the tentative agreements reached with both groups represented the company's best offer and demonstrate we can reach agreements with the TWU. That's important to remember because we're not at a point in negotiations where a strike could occur. Only the NMB can release the parties, which typically only happens after it's clear a deal cannot be reached.  We look forward to re-working the agreements in a balanced way that will achieve ratification.

"American Airlines has more than 50,000 employees represented by unions, including approximately 90 under the Maintenance Control Technician contract."

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