October 2018 | Volume 9, Issue 3
In this edition, we cover NTSB crash investigation training, the fall safety infoshare, the Local 210 United Airlines Shop Steward Training and much more!
It has generally been our policy not to address the barrage of misleading information, personal attacks, recycled fliers from the 1990’s, half-truths and outright lies that have been circulated around the Base for a while now because we know that most folks remember what happened when Jim Seitz previously had an opportunity to lead. But, in some cases, we must make an exception. That’s because Jim’s lies now have a real possibility of hurting our members. It is there that we must draw the line.
On August 28th, Material Specialists at Southwest rejected the company’s “Last, Best and Final” contract offer. The Union and Company jointly filed for Mediation. The National Mediation Board has responded and assigned a case number. As of this time, no dates for the first meeting have been announced.
Several of you from around the system have asked me about the seniority grievance that was just recently arbitrated which would restore company seniority for those S-CAL and S-CMI members who had adjustments made in accordance with their respective agreements for periods of inactive service.
Pilots who fly for Southern Air, a subsidiary of Atlas Worldwide Holdings have ratified a Tentative Agreement that brings their contract on par with those of pilots at AAWW-owned Atlas Air. Pilots at both airlines are represented by their union, the Airline Pilots Association, Teamsters Local 1224.
Dear GSE/FAC Brothers and Sisters,
Your review committee met with the company in Chicago on May 31, 2018 to discuss issues concerning both GQ/PV departments. Discussions began with how Core Four would be implemented and how this philosophy would better serve the company as well as creating a working environment for employees that constitutes the basic core four principals.
TeamstersSFO is raffling off a Vizio 50-inch flat screen at the August Dayshift Craft Meeting. Proceeds of the raffle will benefit Brother Victor Oyola. Tickets are $10 each or 3 for $20. Please see your Shop Steward or your Chief Steward to purchase. The holder of the winning ticket need not be present at the drawing to win.
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
Many of you have inquired about some of our Letters of Agreements and where we currently stand regarding them; in particular Industry Reset (LOA #29), Offered Positions (LOA #21) and the Labor Management Cooperation (LOA #31).
The reset agreement assures that a measurement of annual wages and benefits of United must remain at least two 2% higher than the average of American and Delta Airlines. The economic model was completed and agreed upon shortly after the ratification of the Agreement. The model is kept on a server at the NMB for security.
Atlas Air, Southern Air and ABX pilots; members of APA Local 1224 who are flying for Amazon, DHL and other customers will picket the White House to bring maximum visibility to the fight for a new CBA. Picketing will take place on Monday, June 11th.
The International Brotherhood of Teamsters Airline Division and Teamsters Local 986 have reached a tentative agreement with Allegiant Air on a five-year contract for approximately 34 flight dispatchers at the company.
“Congratulations to everyone who worked to reach an agreement that is amenable to both the company and its flight dispatchers,” said Capt. David Bourne, Teamsters Airline Division Director. “This is a very important agreement that we believe will assist the company in its quest to become an industry powerhouse.”
As we are now in the second year of the Collective Bargaining Agreement, we’ve been receiving some questions about LOA #29, so we decided to put together a basic explanation for folks.
As many of you know, our members had to endure many years of total compensation that did not reflect the quality of work that was being performed on a daily basis or the status that should be associated with working for one of the largest carriers in the country. The combination of Industry and Company misfortunes conspired to make the term ‘Industry Leading Compensation’ a distant and positively unattainable objective. Fortunately, things are different now and our CBA, and LOA #29 in particular, assures that our members will remain at the top of the industry in total compensation for years to come and deservedly so.
The TAMC had a chance to speak with two Chix-Fix team members –Joann Mulherin, a USMC Veteran and Avionics Technician with 31 years of service, and Coach Dana Eads, a Maintenance Supervisor out of Denver International Airport (DEN). Also, find out which of our teams won the overall competition for the second year in a row!
On Wednesday, the International Brotherhood of Teamsters Airline Division filed for mediation with the National Mediation Board (NMB) following six months of negotiations with management over a new collective bargaining agreement for Flexjet and Flight Options pilots.
Flexjet and Flight Options are luxury business jet carriers that serve wealthy individuals and large corporations and operate under the umbrella of aviation parent company One Sky Flight, LLC.
The combined Flexjet and Flight Options pilot groups are working under a single labor contract that was awarded by an arbitrator on October 10, 2017 to address the merger of the two carriers. The parties are currently negotiating over changes to that interim contract. The union is seeking pay increases, benefit improvements and more favorable work rules for pilots.
TSAP Event Review Committee Member Tracy MacCorkell and SFO Line/Flight Safety Representative Paul Dodge, who also serves as Tracy’s Alternate on the ERC, attended the 2018 FAA InfoShare in Baltimore, Maryland, from March 20th thru the 23rd. Over one thousand people from all the major airlines, as well as the FAA and MRO's, attended the 3-day event. Pilot, Dispatch, and Tech Ops safety-related issues were discussed, and participants also heard presentations from the FAA and various airlines.
Today over 95% of Omni International’s pilots voted by an overwhelming margin to ratify their new contract. With 190 of the 198 eligible members voting, 177 members voted in favor of the new agreement.
“I am very happy for the Omni pilots,” said Airline Division Director Captain David Bourne. “This new agreement represents a substantial improvement for the Omni pilots in wages, working conditions and quality of life. I commend their leadership and the leadership of Local 1224 for bringing this outstanding agreement to the membership and for its ratification.”