Washington, D.C. -- Members of the Communications Workers
of America, who are fleet and passenger service agents at
Piedmont Airlines, overwhelmingly ratified their first
contract by a 94 percent vote.
The four and one half year (54 month) contract covers 3,700
agents at 79 stations and provides raises and bonuses of up
to 38 percent over contract term.
Long and tough negotiations, with the involvement of the
National Mediation Board, finally produced this first
agreement that includes real improvements in pay, job
security and health care benefits, as well an effective
grievance and arbitration process.
Among the provisions:
A lump sum signing bonus of 6-8 percent of salary in
A new pay system with guaranteed 4 percent raises and
A first-ever grievance and arbitration process.
Longevity bonuses each year for good attendance.
Equity for part-time workers for holiday pay.
Job security improvements.
"Piedmont workers stood together and mobilized for
more than a year to win economic justice, and they did.
This agreement provides real improvements in pay and
working conditions that will benefit agents and their
families. They were determined to prevail, and they
did," said Jimmy Tarlau, assistant to CWA's
District 2-13 vice president.
Piedmont agents overwhelmingly voted for CWA representation
in November 2010 despite a tough anti-union campaign by
management. They hung on for more than a year of bargaining
and mobilized across the airline's 79 stations to keep