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Airline Division News, Week Ending March 5, 2017

Teamsters Material Specialists, Management reach Agreement in Principal

The Southwest Material Specialists Negotiating Team, comprised of Teamster Airline Division International Representatives, local union business agents and rank-and-file committee members have reached an agreement in principle to amend their current collective bargaining agreement with Southwest Airlines.

The negotiations, which began in September of 2013, have been successfully concluded. The current collective bargaining agreement covers more than 300 material specialists that deliver, store and stock aircraft parts and are members of Teamsters locals 986, 104, 781, 19, 769 455 and 210. The agreement covers over 300 members across the country.

“I am pleased with the ability of the union negotiators and Southwest Airlines to work cooperatively to reach a mutually satisfactory agreement and to do so without entering into the cumbersome federal mediation process,” said Capt. David Bourne, Director of the Teamsters Airline Division.

Over the next few weeks, the Teamsters will work to finalize the contract language that will result in a tentative agreement.

Airline Industry News

United Airlines plans to retire its Boeing 747-400 fleet by year's end as it incorporates new Boeing 787 Dreamliners and other aircraft. "We were getting new aircraft that we were going to fly, and we are going to make long-term commitments to flying, and we wanted to start those new routes with aircraft that we are going to be flying into the next generation," CEO Oscar Munoz said.

Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air will hire an estimated 2,300 workers in 2017, adding to its workforce of 15,600. Alaska Airlines anticipates 250 or more jobs to be based in Seattle.

Secret Service officials will require businesses at Florida's Palm Beach County Park/Lantana Airport to close when the president is in residence at Mar-a-Lago, which is six miles away. The airport serves propeller-driven planes and helicopters.

Boeing's 797 concept has impressed United Airlines as the industry anticipates a formal market offering from Boeing regarding the middle-of-market passenger jet. The aircraft could debut in 2025, seating up to 260.