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Airline Division News, Week Ending, August 27, 2016

Teamsters Local No 769-N.M.B. Mediation case number A-13792-93 and Negotiations update 

The Amerijet Negotiating Committee met the week of August 23rd-25th 2016 in Fort Lauderdale, FL.  The week started out with the Union having a discussion with Amerijet management regarding to the recent 767 upgrade. Following the discussion, the committee was able to get most of the concerns regarding potential violations addressed.  However, as a consequence of some upgrade violations; reason and principle dictate the processing of a timely grievance.

As the negotiating committee and management enter into a pivotal stage of mediation this week on the Collective Bargaining Agreement, the parties have been reminded that they are now to refrain from public disclosure of the details in regards the ongoing mediation. This order prevents the committee members and all parties involved from speaking about the terms discussed during the session and will remain in place until further notice.  

The NMB reminded the parties that we will meet the week of September 7th, 8th & 9th in Fort Lauderdale, FL. 

UAL Negotiators, Management continue work of finalizing language of AIP 

The process of finalizing the language of the AIP for UAL techs continued with the parties meeting in Chicago this week. The language will be shared with the full committee ahead of the next scheduled meeting of the committee. That meeting will take place September 1st and 2nd in Chicago. At the meeting if the committee agrees that a TA has been reached, details will be released shortly afterwards to the membership. Notice will be sent via the Mechanics Dispatch email distribution list. UAL members who would like to sign up to the email list may go to www.teamsterair.org and fill in the form marked mailing list on the right side of the page. 

sUA Medical Arbitration Update 

United has notified the IBT that all claims surrounding the sub UA medical arbitration award have been paid. If you have not received payment, and have an outstanding claim, please contact Bob Fisher at rcfisher7@yahoo.com

Airline Industry News 

Governmental and Regulatory 

The FAA will release its small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) rule―known as Part 107 ―on Aug. 29. 

A recent wave of retirements has left air traffic control facilities around the country understaffed and resulted in a growing number of calls for ATC reform to help streamline the hiring process. The Federal Aviation Administration is looking to hire 1,400 new controllers immediately, but it can take up to three years to train and certify a new controller. 

National Air Traffic Controllers Association President Paul Rinaldi called the Federal Aviation  lack of investment in ADS-B Administration's satellite technology "kind of mind boggling," adding that we are falling behind other countries such as Canada that have taken action to modernize their skies. "The status quo, as we sit [here] today, is completely unacceptable," said Rinaldi.  

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) has released its report into a smoke incident on a Qantas Airways Airbus A380 was caused by a mobile phone lithium battery that that became caught in and crushed by the aircraft seat mechanism. 

Airlines, Industry and Labor 

JetBlue will become the first US carrier in five decades to operate a non-charter flight between the US and Cuba. 

United Airlines is offering MileagePlus awards to customers who donate to four nonprofits that are aiding victims of the Louisiana floods. The charities are Americares, AirLink, the American Red Cross and Feeding America. 

Randy Babbitt, head of labor relations at Southwest Airlines, has announced his retirement. "We wish Randy all the best in his retirement after a long and distinguished career in aviation," said Southwest Chief Operating Officer Mike Van de Ven. 

In aviation circles, there is a running debate about a proposal that sounds radical, but—beyond the public perception problems that would be associated with it—isn’t so far-fetched: remove the pilots from the cockpit of airliners. 

United Airlines is on track with its $40 million project to consolidate its global pilot training operation in Denver, where the facility will conduct training operations for all 12,000 United pilots. 

Despite challenges, United Airlines CEO Oscar Munoz has made progress in turning around the company and putting it on track to meet its goals. His accomplishments include reaching new contracts with union workers and improving fundamentals such as on-time performance. 

Alaska Airlines has started work on its $40 million Anchorage aircraft maintenance facility, part of the airline's $100 million in capital expenditures in Alaska.