Ralph Ortiz and Mike Valladares Receive NSC Labor Division Awards
On September 6th, the TeamstersSFO Committee traveled to San Diego to attend the National Safety Council Labor Division Awards Luncheon. We made the trip to show our appreciation and support for TeamstersSFO Safety Committee Chairman Ralph Ortiz and Components Safety Committeeman Mike Valladares who were honored at the luncheon for their exemplary work and dedication to workplace safety.
An employee can be placed on extended illness status up to a maximum of 5 years.
While on EIS you retain and continue to accrue seniority. You do not accrue other benefits sick leave, vacation, holidays, et cetera, except that for an occupational illness/ injury you accrue vacation credit.
The IBT Airline Division has built a mutually beneficial relationship with Aflac Insurance. This relationship has helped our membership with affordable coverage that offers whole life, accident, critical illness and short-term disability coverage. We are pleased to announce that we have added a Hospital Indemnity Program (HIP). This program will be available starting January 1, 2020.
On Wednesday, July 31st, we held training for our UAL Shop Stewards at Local 856 in San Bruno. Over 50 UAL Stewards from all over SFO were in attendance to hear presentations on Conflict Resolution, FMLA, and Internal Organizing.
The presenters for the training were attorneys Susan Garea and Andy Baker from the Beeson, Tayer and Bodine Law firm and Local 856 Director of Organizing Chris Rosell. The training allowed the Stewards the opportunity to connect with each other, build solidarity, share experiences and information and partake in lively discussions about critical issues affecting our membership. We are grateful to all of the Stewards who were able to come out and participate. They definitely brought their A-game.
As Hurricane Dorian Approaches, IBT Teams Prepare to Assist
Just as with the devastation of Hurricane Maria brought the resources of the IBT to help our neighbors in Puerto Rico and the mainland, the approach of Hurricane Dorian has activated the Disaster Relief team in preparation for assisting with the impact of the storm.
Allegiant Technicians and Related Negotiations Update
The union Negotiating Committee met with the Company on August 13th, 14th and 15th at Allegiant Air Headquarters. The Union and the Company made considerable progress and have reached T/As on Articles 10 (Leaves of Absence) and 23 (Management Rights). The committee also spent considerable time on and completed Article 19 (Grievance Procedure) which is now in the review process with the expectation that it will passed to the Company during the next round of negotiations. The sessions continue to be positive and productive, with the next round scheduled for the week of September 9th.
Nearly 50 United Airlines shop stewards gathered at the Teamsters 856 union hall in San Bruno on July 31 to receive trainings on a range of topics.
Stewards fine-tuned organizing skills, learned about conflict resolution, and the Family Medical Leave Act via trainings led by Local 856 Director of Organizing Chris Rosell and Attorneys Andrew Baker and Susan Garea from the Beeson Tayer & Bodine law firm. United Airlines SFO stewards were also able to connect and build solidarity with one another through critical discussions on what worker solidarity means amidst the growing local and national threats to workers’ rights and union power.
The US Department of Transportation has approved a joint venture between American Airlines and Qantas, which will allow the two carriers to codeshare on certain routes and combine operations in certain airports. The carriers filed their initial application for a joint venture in 2016. Boeing is working additional modifications on to the flight-control system software of the 737 MAX jets. The manufacturer decided for further changes when a new flaw was discovered in the software architecture of the 737 MAX's flight-control system in June during a simulator test that was run by the FAA.
On July 9th the board of directors of PAMA (Professional Aviation Maintenance Association) approved the presidential appointment of a new director.
Chris Moore, who serves as the President of The Aviation Mechanics Coalition (TAMC) and will serve a two-year term. As founder of TAMC, Moore works tirelessly to advocate for aviation workplace safety and to promote the craft and the intrinsic value of aviation maintenance personnel.