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.
Week In Review
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.
The IBT Airline Division has been working very diligently on behalf of its members in the wake of World Airways' untimely shutdown. Attorneys for IBT have spent the past few weeks identifying IBT-represented employees’ claims against World and filed a Proof of Claim on behalf of those employees on April 24, 2014.
On April 18, 1983, when 19 year old Daisy Gonzalez-Colli began working as an insurance processor for Local 769; gas was $1.24 a gallon, you could buy a new home for less than $90,000 and no one had yet heard of a couple of guys named Crockett and Tubbs chasing bad guys on a TV show called “Miami Vice.” This Wednesday, 31 years and 12 days since that day she was hired as an insurance processor; Local 769 will mark Gonzalez-Colli's retirement as Business Agent, and a career of dedication to her brother and sister Teamsters will come to an end.