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Union 'Suspends' Tentative Contract With American

Thursday, 03 Jun 2010 03:59 PM

A union says it has "suspended" a tentative agreement with American Airlines for a new contract covering about 10,000 baggage handlers and other workers.

The Transport Workers Union said Thursday its president reversed a decision by a union bargaining team to send the proposed agreement to a membership vote even though it opposed the deal.

"If we can't recommend it, we're not sending it," said TWU president James C. Little. He said some issues — he wasn't specific — weren't resolved in the tentative agreement. He said talks this week between TWU and the airline failed to break the logjam.

Airline officials did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The union's decision is a setback for American, which is locked in difficult contract talks with pilots and flight attendants but had been making progress with ground workers.

Last week, American and the TWU announced the tentative agreement covering fleet service workers — bag handlers, aircraft cleaners, fueling and deicing crews and others.

The deal included immediate 3 percent raises, 1.5 percent raises after one year and two years, signing bonuses equal to 3 percent of each worker's salary, and three more holidays each year.

In exchange, American would be able to cut pay sharply for aircraft cleaners, outsource fueling jobs at several big airports, and drop a traditional pension plan for new hires.

Fort Worth-based American, a unit of AMR Corp., has more than 50,000 unionized employees.

AMR shares rose 5 cents to $8.25 in afternoon trading.

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