IAM Flight Attendants Reach Deal With Continental Airlines
The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) today announced a tentative agreement with Continental Airlines on behalf of the airline’s 8,300 Flight Attendants.
“Our members demanded we prevent the massive pay cuts and pension losses suffered by Flight Attendants at other carriers, and we succeeded,” said William O’Driscoll, President of IAM District 142.
The terms of the four-year tentative agreement include preservation of wage rates for current Flight Attendants; a top base pay rate increased to $50 per hour prior to the end of the agreement and a no furlough clause. The agreement also includes language to provide enhanced crew rest; improved commuter and reserve issues and participation in profit sharing and stock option plans. Terms of the tentative agreement will be available on the District 142 website, www.iamdl142.org/fa.
Continental Airlines also agreed to the IAM National Pension Plan (NPP) on behalf of Continental Airlines Flight Attendants. Activating the NPP would be at the discretion of the IAM and its members, however, the plan would be activated immediately if the current Continental Airlines Retirement Plan is frozen or terminated.
“Our entire airline membership has mandated that we take all steps to protect pensions, and we have delivered for Continental’s Flight Attendants just as we have at other carriers,” said Robert Roach, Jr., IAM General Vice President of Transportation. “We have ensured that IAM Flight Attendants will not suffer the loss of a defined benefit pension plan and protected against what occurred to Flight Attendants at US Airways and United Airlines, even if the current company-sponsored plan fails.”
In-person ratification voting will take place over a twelve day period from January 18-29, 2006. A separate but simultaneous strike vote will also be taken.
IAM District Lodge 142 represents Continental Airlines 8,300 Flight Attendants at Local Lodges in Houston, TX, Newark, NJ and Cleveland, OH. The Machinists Union is the largest airline union in North America, representing more than 110,000 active workers. More information about the Machinists Union at Continental Airlines is available at www.iamdl142.org/fa.
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I and other employees at Continental are Enraged by what just happend with the Flight Attendants Contract. We are not mad that the union has actually done something for one airlines work group, But how Larry Kellner and the rest of Continentals team has screwed the non-union work groups. I cant see how any of this new contract has contributed to the "Needed $500 million" the company needs to survive. They have given them a better contract than they had before. The ramp, reservations and airport agents have all be taken for a loop.