Last week, the CWA bargaining team reached a Tentative Agreement with American Airlines subsidiary Envoy Air that would, for the first time, provide Envoy agents with wage and benefits guarantees for the 7-year duration of the contract and would protect them from arbitrary changes in company policies by management. The agreement contains wage increases, establishes work rules, and improves benefits and job security for Envoy agents.
"Passenger service agents at Envoy joined together to stand up for good jobs with family-supporting wages," said CWA President Chris Shelton. "It's been a long, tough fight, but thanks to their hard work, determination, and mobilization in support of their bargaining team they have an agreement they can be proud of."
Members of NABET-CWA Local 59053 at DIRECTV in Burbank, Calif., are currently bargaining a first contract with the company. Members in the bargaining unit are primarily responsible for distribution of sports programming across dozens of DIRECTV satellite channels, so they demonstrated their union solidarity by wearing their favorite NFL team football jerseys – branded with "NABET-CWA #53." Negotiations are scheduled to continue next week in California.