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American Airlines flight dispatchers ratify five-year contract


American Airlines’ flight dispatchers and operations specialists approved a new five-year contract that includes pay raises.

The Transport Workers Union, which represents the 400 employees, said 85 percent of the 375 votes were cast in favor of the contract.

“We rely on our flight dispatchers every single day to ensure safe, reliable and on-time operations for all American Airlines flights,” said American vice president Lorne Cass. “We are pleased to provide compensation that reflects their contributions toward the airline’s success.”

The contract includes immediate raises along with an increase in vacation, sick days and holidays.

“We are pleased to sign a contract that brings our members to industry-leading pay,” said Danny Persuit, president of TWU Local 549.

American has already reached joint contract agreements with its pilots, flight attendants, and passenger service agents. It is currently in contract talks with its mechanics and ground workers.

Andrea Ahles: 817-390-7631, @Sky_Talk