USW Reaches Tentative Agreement with Pinnacle Airlines Flight Attendants

Mar 08, 2011, 17:25 ET from United Steelworkers (USW)

PITTSBURGH, March 8, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The United Steelworkers (USW) announced today that USW Local 772 has reached a tentative agreement with Pinnacle Airlines.


The parties began negotiations in November for the 800 USW represented flight attendants working out of Atlanta, Detroit, New York (JFK), Memphis and Minneapolis.

"This agreement was achieved due to the hard work and dedication of the Local bargaining committee with the full support of the membership," said USW International Vice President Carol Landry. "The committee made sure the members' most important issues were addressed. This contract also reflects the great commitment that our members have towards helping Pinnacle Airlines continue to provide great service."

The highlights of the negotiated agreement addressed the membership's primary concerns which, upon ratification, will include significant wage increases and the quality of work life that is so challenging for flight attendants.

This agreement demonstrates that employees are valued and have a seat at the table," said Ken Ratliff, USW Local Union President. "The contract emphasizes a commitment to work life balance, diversity, and workplace flexibility, while taking into consideration the airline's important work. Throughout the whole process, flight attendants and managers listened to each other and our relationship is improved as a result."

Plans are currently being made to visit each of the bases for membership meetings to review the tentative agreement with the membership prior to a vote.

The USW is the largest industrial union in North America and has 850,000 members in the U.S., Canada, and the Caribbean. It represents workers employed in metals, rubber, chemicals, paper, oil refining, airlines, atomic energy and the service sector.

CONTACT: Doug May of the United Steelworkers (USW), +1-412-562-2281

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