Unite wins of the year - American Airlines

On the tenth day of Christmas, UniteLive looks back at pay victory for American Airlines maintenance technicians and crew cheifs

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2022 has been the year of Unite wins – under general secretary Sharon Graham, Unite has had more victories in the workplace than it can count. As part of our special 12 days of Christmas series, UniteLive looks back at a handful of the many wins we’ve had in every month throughout the year.

Today, we reflect on a key win in October, when strikes by more than 50 American Airlines aircraft maintenance technicians and crew chiefs had been called off after an improved offer was secured.

During negotiations, Unite secured a three-year pay deal worth 19 per cent.

The deal saw pay increase by seven per cent for 2022, backdated to January, six per cent for 2023 and six per cent for 2024.

Previously, the company had offered 5.3 per cent in year one, a one-off payment in year two and a pay freeze for year three.

Unite general secretary Sharon Graham said, “By standing together in their union, our members at American Airlines secured a significantly improved deal.

“Unite’s focus is on making sure workers get a fairer slice of the pie by fighting for better jobs, pay and conditions. As this result shows, it is a strategy that is paying off for our members.”

Unite Regional Officer Joe McGowan added, “The engineers at American Airlines have secured a much better pay deal because they were fearless, determined, and united. It is another reminder that workers looking to improve their wages, terms and conditions should join Unite and organise their colleagues to do the same.”

Stay tuned for more Unite wins tomorrow.

By UniteLive team