On Thursday, July 24, the steering committee was reconvened in Denver for the purpose of a briefing on the current state of negotiations. Representative Clacy Griswold explained where the negotiations are now. There was also a short briefing on mediation. Representative Bob Fisher gave an overview of the current system wide arbitration cases.
Federal officials say United Airlines repeatedly put workers at Newark Liberty International Airport in danger of being injured by falls or by falling objects and other workplace hazards. Violations include exposing aircraft mechanics to fall hazards while working from a ground support vehicle and struck-by hazards by storing materials on storage racks
On Tuesday, July 15th, the national GSE and Facilities committee representing sub United mechanics met in Houston. With the awarding of contracts around the system, the committee pressed on the need for the union to be involved early in the process of facility overhauls to ensure the scope of the projects does not violate the scope of the collective bargaining agreement.
In preparation for the upcoming mediation sessions, the parties met in Chicago during the week of July 7, 2014 through July 11, 2014. During this session the union committee revisited the problems resulting from the company’s incorrect interpretation of, and failure to implement, certain provisions of the respective standalone contracts.
Normally we don’t report on United Daily articles but the article titled, “Base teams begin historic heavy maintenance on Airbus” found here is different. This is a story about the first HMV visit in SFO in twelve years. As part of the company’s cost reduction efforts they determined that bringing this work in would save money.
A grievance preparation and presentation training class for representatives that present cases at the system/joint board level is scheduled to take place April 29th and 30th in San Francisco. The class will be held at Local 856 in San Bruno and will be presented by the Airline Division with the assistance of the IBT Training and Development Department.
Following discussions between the union and management and barring unforeseen last minute changes or settlement discussions, the union has announced agreement on dates for UAL arbitrations. Click here to read more.