Jan. 5 -- Frontier Airlines maintenance technicians have voted to approve a new three-year labor contract that includes a small raise and more retirement benefits.
Members voted 73 percent in favor of ratifying the contract, said Teamsters Local 961 president Matthew Fazakas. Of the 225 members, about 58 percent voted. About 200 of the members covered by the contract are in Denver; others work in Phoenix and Kansas City. The contract covers aircraft technicians, ground service equipment technicians and toolroom attendants.
The contract is retroactive to July 27, 2005. The union and the company reached the agreement in December after about six months of negotiations. Members voted by mail.
The contract includes a 3 percent pay raise over the three-year term, but no increase in the first year. It also reinstitutes a company 401(k) match, increases company contributions to the Teamsters' pension fund, allows the option of a payout or rollover of Employee Stock Ownership Plan accounts and changes certain work rules.
"Considering the state of the industry and what's going on with all the legacy carriers, we feel very good about the contract," Fazakas said.
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Members voted 73 percent in favor of ratifying the contract that includes a small raise and more retirement benefits.
Frontier told the union that it intends to outsource all of the heavy C-check work.
The Teamsters represents 1.4 million workers, including about 500 Frontier mechanics, aircraft cleaners and material specialists.
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