Through mid-December, Bloomberg BNA data for all settlements shows the average first-year wage increase was 2.8 percent, compared with 2.6 percent reported in the same period of 2015. Also, the median first-year wage increase for settlements reported through the end of November of 2016 was 2.5 percent, whereas the same period in 2015 saw a 2.3 percent increase.
For the first time since 2010, United Airlines mechanics approved a contract unifying all the Airline’s employee groups. The approximately 9,000 members of the IBT Airline Division approved the contract by a 51 percent majority vote. The employees were the last group of United employees split between Continental and United contracts resulting from the companies’ 2010 merger.
The Pennsylvania Association of Staff Nurses and Allied Professionals and the Einstein Medical Center tentatively agreed to a contract covering approximately 1,000 nurses in the Philadelphia area. If approved, the contract will run for 38 months, raise wages annually, and address nurses’ concerns regarding staffing levels.
Housekeeping and food and beverage employees at Trump International Hotel Las Vegas unanimously ratified a four-year contract that includes annual raises and a pension benefit. The vote puts to bed high-profile litigation that pitted the workers against President-elect Trump’s company, Trump Ruffin Commercial LLC. Trump Ruffin originally refused to negotiate with the workers, which the NLRB ruled in November, violated federal law. Trump Ruffin appealed the NLRB’s decision, but that appeal is expected to be dropped now that an agreement has been reached.
Major League Baseball (MLB) and its players’ union agreed to a tentative labor agreement hours before the previous collective bargaining agreement was to expire. The agreement is a five-year term extending through the 2021 season. The new contract provides for expanded drug testing, and higher minimum salaries. It also provides that the winner of the All-Star Game no longer determines home field advantage in the World Series. While there is still no salary cap, the luxury tax will grow sharply for teams that spend above certain amounts on players. Noticeably missing from the new CBA is an international draft, which team owners had reportedly sought.
In a move that may pressure other major airlines, Delta Air Lines Inc. settled a new contract with its pilots that will result in a 30 percent raise over the next four years.
The International Association of Machinists (IAM) and United Technologies Corp. subsidiary Pratt & Whitney agreed to a new five-and-a-half year contract covering 2,600 machinists in Connecticut. The contract includes wage increases of 2.5 percent per year and bonuses for the workers. The contract was approved by a vote of 1,691-385.
AT&T call center employees in Alabama, Colorado, Minnesota, Oklahoma, and West Virginia reached three tentative agreements with the Communications Workers of America (CWA). The contracts will cover about 2,000 employees that formerly worked for DIRECTV prior to AT&T’s acquisition of DIRECTV last year.
1,500 nurses represented by the California Nurses Association approved a four-year contract that will raise wages by 19 percent over term. The nurses work at four facilities operated by Verity Health System.
Over 40,000 TSA airport screeners represented by AFGE approved a two-year collective bargaining agreement. The deal will cover the workers nationwide. Details of the deal were not made public and the agreement comes after a year of negotiations between the two sides.