On Tuesday, the U.S. District Court in Nevada granted a preliminary injunction in favor of Teamster pilots at Allegiant Air, finding that Allegiant unilaterally changed provisions in the existing agreement during bargaining in violation of RLA status quo requirements. Allegiant was ordered to reinstate the lost medical program, comply with parental leave policy, and address scheduling issues due to the unilateral implementation of a preferential bidding system.
Week In Review
The Teamsters Aviation Mechanics Coalition called for the implementation of a single standard of drug testing for airline mechanics in its comments submitted Wednesday to the FAA on its proposed rulemaking...SWA Material Specialist Contract Negotiations continued in Dallas this past week, with the company making a counter proposal on Article 4 and the company and union making multiple passes on Articles 5 and 8 with no tentative agreements reached.
The GoJets negotiating committee spent the majority of the past week working on Local 618 Pilot Group Steward Elections. Preparation work was done on Section 8 (Scheduling). IBT representatives met with the company on June 25 and the next negotiating session is scheduled for August 11-15...Pres. Obama will nominate Christopher Hart as chairman of the NTSB...
On June 23, Aircraft 4238 arrived in Dock 6 at UAL’s SFO maintenance base. It is part of UAL’s cost reduction efforts that the company determined would save money by bringing work in house. As reported in an article on the company website this is the first of what will be a nonstop parade of Airbus heavy checks and other services to be performed by Airline Division Teamsters at the facility.
On June 19, TAMC Chairman Chris Moore, Local 528 Business Agent Robert Breaux and Local 528 XJT Chief Steward Geoff Maloney visited with members at the Columbia, SC maintenance base. An update on contract negotiations was presented along with a question and answer period. Due to the amount of uncertainty in the regional industry a good bit of time was spent discussing what the future may hold as the regional carriers work to reinvent themselves.
On Friday, International Brotherhood of Teamsters General President James Hoffa paid a visit to the UAL San Francisco Maintenance Base to see the facility and meet with members. International Representative Clacy Grizwold, Local 856 Principal Officer Peter Finn, Local 856 Business Agent Javier Lectora, and Local 986 Business Agent Rich Petovsky took General President Hoffa - and IBT Reps Christy Bailey and Todd Thompson - on a tour of the Jet Shop and OV, where he had the opportunity to meet and speak with several members.
Contract Negotiations for SWA Materials Specialists continued in Dallas this week with the Negotiating Committee, along with Local Union Business Agents and Airline Division Representatives meeting outside of negotiations on June 2nd to work on Article 4 (Classifications). The Committee also discussed the Letters of Agreement, Letters of Intent and Notes of Negotiation attached to the CBA.
A House subcommittee heard from airport officials and law enforcement on ways to bolster security last week. Meanwhile, the FAA has cleared Boeing's 787 Dreamliner to fly up to 5 1/2 hours away from the nearest airport, enabling airlines to put 787s on more-direct routes. In industry news, United plans to restructure its Pacific network, as well as tweaking flight schedules in Denver and Houston to improve revenue.
President Barack Obama announced a plan to expedite the entry process for travelers entering the U.S., beginning with the 15 largest airports...AirTran Airways will take its last flight on Dec. 28 from Atlanta to Tampa, Fla. Southwest Airlines acquired AirTran in 2011 for $1.4 billion, and all aircraft will fly under the Southwest name. AirTran was founded in 1993 as ValuJet, and changed its name to AirTran in 1996.