TWU urging members to accept new contracts with American

05/17/2010 | Dallas Morning News (free registration), The

Some local union chapters are voicing objections to contract agreements announced in recent weeks between American Airlines and the Transport Workers Union, according to the Dallas Morning News. American is currently writing new contracts prior to a rank-and-file vote, but leaders of some TWU locals have said their members will vote "no," viewing the compromise as "another five-year concessionary deal." But John Conley, director of TWU's Air Transport Division, calls it "remarkable" that the airline agreed to pay increases starting at 3%, rather than one-time bonus payments. "I think it's everyone's best interest to get this in our rearview mirror, if we can," he says, "and then pay attention to the overall condition of the environment and rally around what's in the best interest long term for AMR."

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