Airline Division Week in Review -- August 3

Airline Division Week in Review -- August 3

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.

Airline Division Week in Review -- July 27, 2019

Airline Division Week in Review -- July 27, 2019

PAMA Board Approves New Director Appointment

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.

Airline Division Week in Review -- July 12, 2019

Airline Division Week in Review -- July 12, 2019

A bipartisan group of House lawmakers assembled on the lawn of the US Capitol July 10 alongside union officials representing pilots, flight attendants and technicians to announce legislation that would renew stalled efforts to target “flag of convenience” carriers.

The US Commerce Committee voted along party lines to advance Steve Dickson’s nomination to head the FAA, setting the stage for a showdown on the Senate floor over whistleblower allegations that surfaced recently regarding his tenure as Delta Air Lines SVP-flight operations.

May/June Business Agents' Report

May/June Business Agents' Report

2019 National Safety Council Labor Division Spring meeting

Keri Martin, Mike Valladares and Ralph Ortiz attended the National Safety Council (NSC) Labor Division Spring meeting in Kansas City from April 28th to May 1st, 2019. The Labor Division of the NSC is comprised of labor unions that meet and discuss safety issues in various industries.  The purpose of the Labor Division is to be the conduit for safety-focused information sharing and idea exchange with other Unions and its members and to discuss safety issues with other safety professionals who share the same job responsibilities, have experienced the same challenges and can share their thoughts and ideas to help Unions and its representatives develop solutions. 

Airline Division Week in Review -- June 26, 2019

Airline Division Week in Review -- June 26, 2019

US Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao  announced on Monday $57.1 million in Federal Aviation Administration grants for Texas airports, including $23.2 million for Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport and $2.6 million for Dallas Love Field Airport. "With improved transportation infrastructure in place ... the airports and communities can build a better quality of life, increase safety, move people and freight faster, and create more jobs and opportunities," Chao said.

Teamsters Airline Division Prevails as Arbitrator Berger Sustains Health Reimbursement Account Voluntary Employee Beneficiary Association Grievance!

Teamsters Airline Division Prevails as Arbitrator Berger Sustains Health Reimbursement Account Voluntary Employee Beneficiary Association Grievance!

Arbitrator Berger has found that United Airlines violated Article 16.G.2.d when it capped the Voluntary Employee Beneficiary Association (VEBA) contributions in 2017 by a total of 1,560 hours per employee. Any employee who was working under active employment status during this time period shall be made whole with respect to VEBA contributions.

Teamsters Stand In Solidarity With IAM, TWU Workers At American Airlines

Teamsters Stand In Solidarity With IAM, TWU Workers At American Airlines

(WASHINGTON) – The following is a statement from Teamsters Airline Division Director Capt. David Bourne regarding American Airlines’ ongoing negotiations with the Transport Workers Union (TWU) and International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM):

“American Airlines has accused the TWU and IAM of participating in an illegal work slowdown. The men and women of the IAM and TWU have been in contract negotiations with American Airlines management to keep the maintenance work from being sent offshore.

Airline Division Week in Review — May 31, 2019

Airline Division Week in Review — May 31, 2019

This Tuesday, tune into our livestream of the Aircraft Maintenance Outsourcing Summit!

On June 4, TAMC Chairman Chris Moore will be speaking at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. about the importance of fighting outsourcing in the airline industry. Moore will be joining trade unionists, aviation industry stakeholders and consumer advocates – including activist Ralph Nader – for a discussion on why airline maintenance outsourcing threatens oversight and safety in a way that is hazardous for both workers and passengers.

March/April Business Agents' Report

March/April Business Agents' Report

For Workers Memorial Day, April 28th, a Statement from Mr. Hoffa

In the United States, Canada, and many other countries, Workers’ Memorial Day is when we remember and honor our fallen brothers and sisters in the labor movement. It is a time to look back and mourn for workers killed and injured on the job, as well as a time to look ahead and rededicate ourselves to the fight for safe workplaces.

Airline Division Week in Review — April 19, 2019

Airline Division Week in Review — April 19, 2019

Airline Division Participates in SciFest SoCal

Students from all over Southern California participated in the first ever Clippers SoCal SciFest sponsored by USA Science and Engineering. While on a smaller scale than the Washington DC Festival there was no lack of enthusiasm on the part of the Students their Parents or the Exhibitors. The event attracted approximately 40,000 to the LA convention center over the weekend.

United Airlines mechanic becomes an inventor after losing his sight

United Airlines mechanic becomes an inventor after losing his sight

“I decided not to look back, but to move forward,” said Jimmy Uharriet. Jimmy is a Teamsters SFO mechanic at United Airlines.

In March 2016, Jimmy’s entire life changed when an accident left him totally blind.

What’s interesting about Jimmy is that his is not just a story about a person overcoming incredible odds to get back on his feet and return to work, but also a story of an individual who took his new circumstance and turned it into something lifechanging for so many others

February 2019 Business Agents' Report

February 2019 Business Agents' Report

Kin Care Update

We received answers on the two grievances that were submitted to the company regarding Kin Care.

Remember, the first grievance asserted that, since IBT members can call in sick on a trade day, they are also eligible for Kin Care if they choose to designate the day as such. That grievance was sustained by the Company, meaning that they agree with our assertion.

Airline Division Week in Review — February 23, 2019

Airline Division Week in Review — February 23, 2019

UPS Mechanics and Related ratify agreement, now the highest paid in the industry 

UPS aircraft mechanics and related employees at UPS Air Cargo have voted to ratify their newest contract with the company. The contract, which becomes amendable on November 1, 2023, makes UPS Air Cargo mechanics the highest-paid air cargo mechanics in the country by a wide margin. 

Airline Division Week in Review — February 9, 2019

Airline Division Week in Review — February 9, 2019

UPS Mechanics and Related ratify agreement, now the highest paid in the industry

UPS aircraft mechanics and related employees at UPS Air Cargo have voted to ratify their newest contract with the company. The contract, which becomes amendable on November 1, 2023, makes UPS Air Cargo mechanics the highest-paid air cargo mechanics in the country by a wide margin.

January 2019 Business Agents' Report

January 2019 Business Agents' Report

February is Black History Month: Union Rights and Civil Rights Link

The following is a piece on this relationship from the IBT:

Since 1903, the Teamsters Union has been at the forefront of the struggle for workers’ rights in North America. During Black History Month, Teamsters honor the contributions of African-Americans in our nation’s history and their important place in the union today.

Airline Division Week in Review — January 21, 2019

Airline Division Week in Review — January 21, 2019

SWA Material Specialist TA Agreement Raises Standards for Workers in the Airline Industry 

The Teamsters have reached a tentative agreement with Southwest Airlines on behalf of members who work as material specialists for the commercial carrier. The nearly 300 material specialists at Southwest oversee the company’s technical operation inventory management across the network.