FORT WORTH — The Transport Workers Union (TWU), representing the more than 400 U.S.-based dispatchers and operations specialists at American Airlines, announced today that its members approved a new five-year contract, which includes immediate and significant pay increases.

“We rely on our flight dispatchers every single day to ensure safe, reliable and on-time operations for all American Airlines flights,” said Lorne Cass, American’s Vice President – Integrated Operations Center. “We are pleased to provide compensation that reflects their contributions toward the airline’s success. We thank the TWU for their professionalism in advocating for their members and thank both negotiating teams for their commitment to the bargaining process.”

“We are pleased to sign a contract that brings our members to industry-leading pay,” said Danny Persuit, president of TWU Local 549. “The contract could not have been accomplished without significant compromises between the American Airlines and US Airways dispatchers. This is another step in the combining of two experienced, professional and dedicated workgroups that will continue to move forward as the best and biggest airline in the world.”

The contract includes industry-leading pay for dispatchers along with improved longevity pay, higher override premiums and an increase in vacation, sick days and holidays.

The dispatchers and operations specialists are the 12th unionized workgroup at American to ratify a post-merger contract. American has also reached agreements with unions for passenger service employees, pilots, flight attendants and wholly owned regional carrier workgroups.