• Analysis of bargaining data compiled by BNA through January 10 for all settlements showed a decrease in the average first-year wage increase from the comparable period of 2010. The data showed that the average first-year wage increase was 1.4 percent, compared with 1.9 percent in 2010. The median first-year wage increase for settlements reported to date in 2011 was 1 percent, compared with 2.4 percent in 2010. When lump-sum payments were factored into wage calculations, the all-settlements average first-year wage increase to date in 2011 was 1.6 percent, compared with 2 percent in the comparable period of 2010.
  • Members of the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA) approved a new, three-year contract covering theatrical and television production workers, which goes into effect on July 1, 2011. SAG/AFTRA negotiators also reached agreement with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP) on a contract in November 2010. The new contract includes a 2 percent per year wage increase, and a 10 percent increase in the current rate of employer contributions paid to the respective pension and health plans.
  • Two months after rejecting a 26-month agreement that would have covered Continental Airlines’ operational integration with United Airlines, the International Association of Machinists and Continental reached a tentative agreement on a 20-month interim contract. The agreement covers Continental’s 9,300 flight attendants, and provides terms related to sick leave, work rules, and the company’s 401(k) match that were not included in the earlier rejected proposal. The proposed interim contract also provides for a 2.5 percent increase in base pay rates (retroactive to January 1), and a no-furlough clause. Continental and United merged effective October 1, 2010.
  • IAM members ratified a new contract with Alaska Airlines covering 2,600 clerical, office, and passenger service employees. The agreement will provide signing and ratification bonuses, annual wage increases, and participation in Alaska’s profit-sharing plan. The contract, which is in place until July 2014, will place members of IAM District 143 near the top of airline industry pay and benefits.