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In the 1960’s and 70’s air travel wasn’t as convenient as it is today. There were few cross-country flights and many flights hopped from mid-size city to mid-size city. In order to attend as many membership meetings and contract negotiations as possible, General President James R. Hoffa often flew in a small plane to get where he was needed. In fact, there’s one story from the book “Hoffa: Messages to the Membership” where he shared an experience of landing on a small runway in Wisconsin during a snowstorm – where you couldn’t tell the difference between the runway and the cow pasture.


(WASHINGTON) – The following is a statement from Teamsters Airline Division Director Capt. David Bourne regarding American Airlines’ ongoing negotiations with the Transport Workers Union (TWU) and International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM):

“American Airlines has accused the TWU and IAM of participating in an illegal work slowdown. The men and women of the IAM and TWU have been in contract negotiations with American Airlines management to keep the maintenance work from being sent offshore.


(TUKWILA, Wash.)—Life is about to change for a group of over 150 fuelers, dispatchers and mechanics working at Sea-Tac Airport, as they voted yesterday to ratify their first-ever Teamster contract.

The smell of jet fuel was strong in the meeting room, as workers voted enthusiastically and overwhelmingly in favor of the contract, a contract which makes them among the highest paid Swissport fuelers in the country, and codifies strong language that will dramatically improve their daily lives on the job.


With over 90 percent of the bargaining unit participating in the election, Material Specialists represented by the Teamsters Airline Division voted overwhelmingly to ratify their tentative agreement with Southwest Airlines.


Shop stewards who represent aircraft mechanics at United Airlines (UA) wrapped up a two-day training last week  at IBT headquarters in Washington, D.C.

“I’d like to thank everyone who made time to come out to our training last week,” said Capt. David Bourne, Teamsters Airline Division Director. “Whether you have been a Teamster in the aviation industry for three years or 30 years, there’s always something new to learn.”


Students from all over Southern California participated in the first ever Clippers SoCal SciFest sponsored by USA Science and Engineering. While on a smaller scale than the Washington DC Festival there was no lack of enthusiasm on the part of the Students their Parents or the Exhibitors. The event attracted approximately 40,000 to the LA convention center over the weekend.


Brothers and Sisters,

Your Negotiations Committee (NC) met with the Company on April 2, 3 and 4th at Allegiant Air Headquarters. The Union and the Company made passes and worked on Articles 12, Training, 19 Grievance Procedure, 20 Board of Arbitration, 23 Management Rights and 24 Labor-Management Cooperation. A Tentative Agreement was reached on Article 12 Training as well a Protocol Agreement. All in all, it was another productive negotiations session.

The next negotiations meeting is scheduled for the week of May 14th.