Today, in a continuing and powerful display of solidarity at airports across the country, United Mechanics protested and passed out information to passengers in front of United’s ticket counters. The message reflected in our 93% NO vote is clear; this substandard proposal is an insult to our craft, and is completely inadequate. We will not rest until an industry leading agreement is in place for United’s Mechanics.
UAL-CAL-CMI Mechanics Update
Ballots, along with the complete company proposal, should be in the mail this week and will be counted on January 25th. The ballot will contain two questions; the first is whether or not you accept the company proposal and second; an authorization to seek release from mediation to enter self help, or as it is more commonly known, a strike vote.
The committee met in Houston this week to complete the process of vetting United’s final offer. Various subcommittees worked through the previous week on individual articles and LoA’s, comparing the UA offer to previously TA’d articles, items agreed to in principal, and items not discussed/agreed to in an effort to gain a complete understanding of exactly what United has proposed. These findings were combined into a single list of inconsistencies that were delivered to the UA negotiators this week. Once this list is reviewed and the proposal finalized, a vote will be scheduled.
On Tuesday and Wednesday, Teamster Airline Division Representatives Clacy Griswold and Bob Fisher, along with Rank and File committee member John Laurin who is acting as the committee scribe and historian, met with Company Reps Marcel Delhommeau, Kellee Allain, and Nate Kramer to receive the Company’s proposal.
Negotiations are scheduled to reconvene in Las Vegas for two weeks beginning on September 21st. Given the recent tone from the Company, we expect to continue making progress towards a tentative agreement that can be presented to the membership for ratification. The committee remains focused and dedicated to that end and so far have received no indication that the company has changed directions towards this goal as well.