US AIRWAYS DISPATCHERS RATIFY AGREEMENT
ARLINGTON, Va., Sept. 30, 2004 -- US Airways’ approximately 150 dispatchers, represented by Transport Workers Union (TWU) Local 545, today ratified a new cost-savings agreement with an 85 percent vote in favor. The new $4.5 million per year cost-savings agreement becomes effective on Oct 1, 2004, pending approval by the bankruptcy court.
"I am extremely proud of our group for ratifying this agreement. Under the circumstances, it was the absolute right thing to do and we stand ready in support of the company, especially during these difficult times," said Don Wright, president of TWU Dispatchers Local 545.
"We are pleased that our dispatchers chose to ratify this agreement and we appreciate their willingness to participate in the company’s transformation," said Jerrold A. Glass, US Airways senior vice president of employee relations.
In addition to the dispatchers’ ratification, the TWU’s Flight Crew Training Instructors and Flight Simulator Engineers have reached tentative agreements with the company. US Airways continues negotiations this week with the Air Line Pilots Association, Association of Flight Attendants and Communications Workers of America. Talks with the International Association of Machinists are scheduled to resume next week.
Reporters needing additional information should contact US Airways Corporate Affairs at (703) 872-5100.