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Several U.S. congressmen have sent a letter to U.S. Secretary of Labor Tom Perez regarding the misuse of cash that was to be used for employee health care costs by the employees of World Airways...SWA Material Specialist Contract Negotiations continued in Dallas this past week; no additional tentative agreements were reached during the session.


On August 19th through the 21st UAL mechanics negotiations resumed with the parties meeting in Chicago under the direction of Federal Mediator Gerry McGuckin. On the 19th the parties were briefed by Mediator McGuckin on the negotiations process moving forward. The parties reached tentative agreements on two articles and finalized language on nine other articles.


Negotiations for Piedmont mechanics resumed on Monday, August 18. Meetings with the company were focused on ways to break the current logjam on economic issues. Meanwhile, members of the Teamsters Aviation Mechanics Coalition blitzed Capitol Hill, completing seventeen meetings in support of the TAMC agenda.


It is with great sadness that the Airline Division has been advised that Local 1224 notified their Atlas Air members of the tragic death of First Officer Rafael Monterroza Jr., who passed away on Wednesday, August 13th as the result of a motorcycle accident.


Several members of the TAMC led by International Rep. Chris Moore will be lobbying on Capitol Hill this Monday the 18th. The groups will focus on new certifications for foreign repair stations and other aviation maintenance safety related items.