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Airline Division News, Memorial Day Message May 28, 2017

Walk for "iPods for Wounded Veterans" Approaches

As the date fast approaches for Airline Division Director David Bourne, Dr. Jim Kimball, Director of Economics and Research and others to leave for their trek, raising awareness and support our nations wounded veterans, many have asked how they can contribute. 

For those who have the ability to donate the gift of time spent volunteering, you will make a big impact on a wounded warrior's recovery. For more information on how you can participate or donate, contact Local 769 Business Agent David Renshaw at: drenshaw@teamsterslocal769.org .  

If you are unable to volunteer, and would like to contribute, you may also do so at: http://ipodsforvets.org/ . 100% of the donations made to iPods for Wounded Veterans; an all-volunteer 501(c) (3) organization, go directly to the wounded veterans. 

Southwest Material Specialists Balloting Begins 

Electronic voting will commence via Ballot Point will begin this week. Ballots will be mailed on or about Wednesday, May 31, 2017. Each member will receive voting instructions and credentials required for voting via mail, along with paper copies of the tentative agreement’s highlights, the tentative agreement, and a copy of the seniority list. Voting will close on or about June 14th and ballots will be counted on June 21st.  

Management Gives Final Closeout Proposal to Expressjet/CRJ Mechanics 

The IBT and Atlanta Committee Negotiating members, Geoff Maloney and Chris Rogers have been negotiating with Company management since 2010. Despite years of attempts, management has refused to recognize the mechanics for the dedication and skill they bring to ensuring the safety of the Expressjet CRJ fleet. 

The Company has presented their final, closeout proposal on wages. Neither the International Brotherhood of Teamsters Airline Division, the Business Agents of Local 210 and Local 19, nor the rank-and-file committee members have recommended the proposal be ratified.  

A detailed letter from the ExpressJet CRJ Negotiating Committee can be found here.  

A copy of the company’s last, best and final offer can be found here.

As soon as opening and closing dates for voting have been confirmed, the membership will be notified.

Horizon LoA Ratified 

The voting period for the Horizon Air First Officer Wage Scales and New Hire Ratification Bonus Payments Letter of Agreement (LOA) closed May 23rd. With a total of 531 members and 468 members voting; 371 voted in favor, 97 against. 88.14% of the membership voted and the LoA was ratified with a 79.3% margin. 

AMT Day recognizes those who “Keep Them Flying”

They are the faces seldom seen by the traveling public. Some work in heated hangars, others outside in the elements. Skinned knuckles, early deafness, working in cramped spaces not designed to work in; possessing a wealth of knowledge and skill, they are the men and women who are the backbone of the industry, the ones who “Keep Them Flying.” 

May 24th, Aviation Maintenance Technician Day recognizes the efforts of aviation maintenance professionals for the work they do making our skies safe. The day, named in honor of Charles Edward Taylor, the man who built the engine used to power the airplane of the Wright Brothers, celebrates the outstanding dedication and hard work of these professionals. The date May 24 was selected to honor the birth date of Taylor.   

We honor the men and women of the Airline Division of the Teamsters who are members of this hallowed profession. You truly do “Keep Them Flying,” and we are all better for your integrity and service.

Airline Industry News 

Governmental and Regulatory

President Donald Trump's recently-released budget proposal calls for a change in governance and structure of air traffic control to accommodate projected growth in air traffic. Congress will spend the next few months debating and reviewing the proposals. 

Retired US Army Lt. Gen. David Melcher, CEO of the Aerospace Industries Association, is calling on the Trump administration and Congress to ensure future infrastructure investment legislation includes robust funding for the nation's air transportation infrastructure. "Aviation is and must remain a critical, well-funded component of our nation's infrastructure," Melcher writes in this piece.

Airlines, Industry and Labor

United Airlines CEO Oscar Munoz, speaking at a shareholders' meeting, has pledged to "redouble our efforts to be more customer-focused in everything we do." United's stock price reached its highest point in a year on Wednesday. 

UPS and SF Holdings are planning to form a joint venture to facilitate shipping from China to the US, with an eye toward future worldwide expansion. 

American Airlines is leading a group of carriers that has committed a combined $900 million to pay for new restaurants, retail shops and infrastructure improvements at Philadelphia International Airport. 

The new policies implemented by United Airlines will benefit the entire industry, writes George Hobica of Airfarewatchdog.com. "Key here is empowering the airlines' employees to take whatever action necessary to help passengers who must be involuntarily bumped," he writes.

Memorial Day Message

 

As we pause for the Memorial Day, let us do so in sacred remembrance of those men and women of our Armed Forces who gave of themselves the ultimate sacrifice in the defense of our nation. 

Canadian physician and soldier, Lt. Colonel John McCrae, who enlisted at age 41 said it best in his immortal poem, “In Flanders Fields”

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

Now universally recognized as the poem of Memorial Day, just as the red poppies worn in honor of the lost, the poem begs each of us to hold the torch high and not break faith with those lost and buried in defense of our nation and our allies.  

On this Memorial Day, we of the Airline Division honor those men and a woman of our families, yours and everyone’s who gave their lives for each of us. We ask that each of you take time with your families and friends to remember the true meaning of the day. 

The office of the Airline Division will be closed on Memorial Day, Monday May 28th and will reopen on Tuesday, May 29th

For more information on the Flanders Fields American Memorial Cemetery, please click here:

https://www.abmc.gov/cemeteries-memorials/europe/flanders-field-american-cemetery#.WSsqTux24j9