Mechanics' Dispatch

Mechanics' Dispatch

2017 Profit Sharing Update

Brothers and Sisters,

There has been some frustration over the shrinking amount of profit sharing for this year, especially in light of the profit sharing announcement at Delta.

The reason the committee took this approach was simple. Based upon our goal of protecting your short and long range goals; we determined, based on the economic forecasts of consultant Dan Akins, that profits would drop leading to a substantial loss in your Profit Sharing. This has been borne out as we see that the pilots have taken a stunning 60% reduction in their Profit Sharing.

January 2018 Business Agents' Report

January 2018 Business Agents' Report

Happy New Year

We hope that all of you had a fabulous Holiday Season!

Although 2017 posed many challenges, we are proud of what we were able to accomplish and that our members now enjoy the best contract in the industry.

As is normally the case, during the transition to the new Collective Bargaining Agreement, there have been some implementation issues and also some areas where we disagree with the Company in terms of contract interpretation.

James R. Hoffa Memorial Scholarship Fund

James R. Hoffa Memorial Scholarship Fund

Application deadline is March 31, 2018. Apply today!

For the sons, daughters and financial dependents of Teamster members. Academic scholarship range from $1,000 to $10,000 for high school seniors planning to attend a four-year college or university and training/vocational program awards of up to $2,000 for use at community colleges and trade schools.

A new and improved online application process can be found on the James R. Hoffa Memorial Scholarship Fund's website: www.jrhmsf.org.

 

September/October 2017 Business Agents' Report

Northern California Wildfire Relief

The devastating wildfires in Northern California have taken lives, destroyed homes and businesses, and impacted many of the communities where our members live and work.
Our first priority is our members and their safety. If you have been evacuated from your home, please reply and let us know if you are safe. We are working with Joint Council 7 All Charities Fund, the International Brotherhood of Teamsters' Disaster Relief Fund, and our own Local 856 Solidarity Fund to try and provide assistance to members who have lost their homes. In addition, the JC7 truck has been traveling the area to bring supplies and assistance to evacuees.

Mechanics' Dispatch

Mechanics' Dispatch

Welcome to AFLAC

The Benefits Committee has been successful in obtaining voluntary ancillary benefits from AFLAC. These benefits are in addition to the benefits offered by United and have been made available by the contract language found in Article 16 J. The products that AFLAC will be offering are Whole Life, Critical Illness, Accident and Short-Term Disability. As a voluntary product you may choose any combination of the offered plans or none, the choice is yours.

August Business Agents' Report

August Business Agents' Report

Hurricane Harvey devastates Texas
The devastation that has been caused by Hurricane Harvey is hard to imagine. We want to take a minute to send out our thoughts and prayers to our Brothers and Sisters in Texas. We sincerely hope that they and their families are safe. We urge you all to take a moment to donate some money to the relief efforts if you can.

Mechanics' Dispatch

Mechanics' Dispatch

On Thursday July 6th, the company invited the Business Agents to Chicago for the purpose of meeting the new HR team for United Airlines. The meeting was primarily introductory and no specific station or member grievances were discussed. The main topic surrounded the new HR structure along with contact information and station assignments for the new team. This was followed by a conversation on the filing of vacancies.  

Mechanics' Dispatch

Mechanics' Dispatch

Joint Communication on IBT Lump Sum Hold Back Allocation

As per LOA #28, the Company held back 3.0% of the $185M lump sum pool to correct any errors or omissions in the allocation, calculation and distribution of the lump sum, as determined in the challenge process. All disputed claims have now been finalized and the remaining contingency will be paid pro rata to eligible employees according to the allocation methodology. Hold back payments will be paid to employees in a separate check on June 7, 2017. Regular 401k election rules will apply for domestic US employees.

Mechanics' Dispatch

Mechanics' Dispatch

As per LOA #28, the Company held back 3.0% of the $185M lump sum pool to correct any errors or omissions in the allocation, calculation and distribution of the lump sum, as determined in the challenge process. All disputed claims have now been finalized and the remaining contingency will be paid pro rata to eligible employees according to the allocation methodology. Hold back payments will be paid to employees in a separate check on June 7, 2017. Regular 401k election rules will apply for domestic US employees.

May 2017 Business Agents' Report

May 2017 Business Agents' Report

During the process of searching for something to write about Memorial Day, we came across an article from the Sioux Falls Argus Leader, written on May 22nd, 2017, that truly expresses the importance of Memorial Day. We have inserted the article in its entirety below: CONSIDER THE TRUE MEANING OF MEMORIAL DAY As Memorial Day approaches, it is a great time to pause and consider the true meaning of this holiday. Memorial Day represents one day of national awareness and reverence, honoring those Americans who died while defending our nation and its values. While we should honor these heroes every day for the profound contributions they made to secure our nation’s freedom, we should especially commemorate them and their families on Memorial Day. 

April 2017 Business Agents' Report

April 2017 Business Agents' Report

United Airlines Attendance Policy

The Company officially introduced its new attendance policy this week. We would like to give you the Union’s perspective on this new policy.

First, some history. The Company approached the Union during negotiations and asked if we would consider including an attendance policy that was based on a ‘point system’ in our Collective Bargaining Agreement. As you can imagine, it was a very short conversation that began with ‘No’ and ended with ‘No’. The Negotiating Committee did not believe that including a Point System in our contract was in the best interest of the membership so we refused. Now that the Company’s policy has been introduced, you can all see why that was the correct decision.

Mechanics' Dispatch

Mechanics' Dispatch

Lump Sum Update

On April 6th, in accordance with LOA #28, an arbitration case was held to hear the lump sum disputes filed by members who believed they were paid incorrectly. Arbitrator Josh Javits was chosen by the parties to hear these cases. The total number of disputes was 39. Four members chose to participate by phone in the hearing. The arbitrator is now in the process of reviewing each dispute to determine the outcome. As soon as the Arbitrator rules we will notify the company so they can finish the process of distribution of the holdback.