OSM Aviation reaches agreement with US union

 

Through its OSM Aviation Short Haul US subsidiary, Norway-based OSM Aviation has entered into a collective pay agreement with the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) in the USA. This five-year settlement ensures predictability both for the company’s employees and for its USA operations.

 

“We want a good relationship with our employees,” explains Espen Høiby, CEO of OSM Aviation. “We therefore also have agreements with the unions which allows us to offer orderly working conditions and competitive terms in the countries where we’re represented. We’re accordingly pleased to put yet another collective pay accord in place.”

The agreement with the IAM applies to flight attendants employed by the OSM Aviation bases at Stewart International Airport in Orange County, New York state, and T F Green Airport in Warwick, Rhode Island. Norwegian is building up its 737 Max short-haul operation in the USA from these bases, and OSM Aviation is responsible for crewing the aircraft with qualified flight attendants and pilots. The majority of the OSM Aviation Short Haul US employees have approved of the agreement and agreed to be represented by the IAM.

The settlement now reached with the IAM is a natural consequence of the company’s agreement earlier this year with the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF). This lays the basis for reaching accords with unions in those countries where OSM Aviation is represented. Under the agreement with the IAM, employees are ensured better terms than they currently enjoy in terms of both pay and benefits such as sick pay and maternity leave.

OSM Aviation is currently recruiting new personnel at the two US bases, and each is expected to employ about 60 people in the first instance. The company currently has more than 3 000 employees across 18 countries. In addition to the present settlement with IAM, it is negotiating with the NCCA cabin crew association over a collective pay agreement for flight attendants on the other long-haul operations in the USA.