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Flight dispatchers reach tentative agreement with American Airlines


American Airlines reached a tentative contract agreement with its flight dispatchers on Friday.

The Fort Worth-based carrier did not release details of the agreement, saying that Transport Workers Union Local 549 will discuss the contract with its members in the coming weeks.

“Our dispatchers and ops specialists play a critical role in our airline and today’s tentative agreement represents a significant step in the integration process,” said Lorne Cass, American’s vice president of the Integrated Operations Center. “We would like to thank TWU Local 549 for their professionalism at the bargaining table, and to both negotiating teams for their dedication and hard work toward reaching an agreement.”

The deal still needs to be ratified by union members and covers hundreds of workers, many who work at the new integrated flight operations center that opened in Fort Worth last year.

American Airlines officially opened its new $88 million Robert W. Baker Integrated Operations Center which houses 1,600 employees that oversee the operations of the airline's 6,700 daily flights.

Andrea Ahles: 817-390-7631, @Sky_Talk