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October 04, 2012

American reaches tentative agreement with Eagle mechanics and ground school instructors

American Eagle announced Thursday it has reached tentative agreements with its mechanics and ground school instructors.

"These agreements address the needs of our people and still allow us to achieve the cost savings necessary for our company to succeed," said Eagle spokesman Bruce Hicks. "We continue to work toward a consensual agreement with our Dispatchers, but we must also continue the Section 1113 process as we look to make the changes necessary to secure our future."

American Eagle's parent company, AMR Corp., had filed court motions to reject its mechanics, ground instructor and dispatch union contracts and a hearing is currently scheduled for Oct. 23. That hearing may be moved to give mechanics and ground instructors time to vote on tentative agreements.

The Transport Workers Union, who represents 1,330 mechanics and ground school instructors, said the agreements include no pay cuts and no pay freezes.

"If ratified, the agreements provide for 1.5 percent increases in 2015 and 2016 for our members," the TWU said.

-Andrea Ahles

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