UAL-CAL-CMI Mechanics Update
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.
The parties met in Las Vegas the week of July 27, 2015 at the direction of Mediator McGuckin. The process of working in subcommittees continued through the session. Several Articles (listed below) required adjustment/clarification prior to being TA’d. The FST negotiations committee and the Company met through the week to discuss language applying to their craft.
As many of you are aware, the 60 days time frame prescribed by the arbitrator in this decision has passed. The arbitrator contacted the parties for a status update and she was informed that an information request was made by the Division, that the Company had provided information and that the Division's actuary, Gaelle Gravot, was digging through the data.
The parties met this week in Las Vegas. The Union worked on finalizing its comprehensive proposal on Tuesday. The positive change in the direction of negotiations was refreshing. It was agreed that due to the progress made, sub committees would continue to meet to attempt to finalize several issues prior to the next session.
Over 100 Teamster members gathered in Chicago on June 10th in a show of strength and unity to demonstrate frustration with the company's lack of urgency in negotiating the promised industry-leading contract for United technicians. The picketers were so loud and boisterous at 233 Wacker Drive that they could be heard in the shareholders meeting.
As previously reported in the Dispatch, mediated talks have not been going well. As a result the negotiating committee requested of the Division that all possible legal pressure be brought to bear on the Company to move these talks forward. The first planned event will take place at the annual shareholders meeting at Willis Tower in downtown Chicago on June 10th at 8am. The event will include a demonstration and hand billing prior to the meeting, followed by attendance of the meeting, to demand an industry-leading contract now.