The parties met in Las Vegas the week of July 27, 2015 at the direction of Mediator McGuckin. The process of working in subcommittees continued through the session. Several Articles (listed below) required adjustment/clarification prior to being TA’d. The FST negotiations committee and the Company met through the week to discuss language applying to their craft.
UAL-CAL-CMI Mechanics Update
As many of you are aware, the 60 days time frame prescribed by the arbitrator in this decision has passed. The arbitrator contacted the parties for a status update and she was informed that an information request was made by the Division, that the Company had provided information and that the Division's actuary, Gaelle Gravot, was digging through the data.
The parties met this week in Las Vegas. The Union worked on finalizing its comprehensive proposal on Tuesday. The positive change in the direction of negotiations was refreshing. It was agreed that due to the progress made, sub committees would continue to meet to attempt to finalize several issues prior to the next session.
Over 100 Teamster members gathered in Chicago on June 10th in a show of strength and unity to demonstrate frustration with the company's lack of urgency in negotiating the promised industry-leading contract for United technicians. The picketers were so loud and boisterous at 233 Wacker Drive that they could be heard in the shareholders meeting.
As previously reported in the Dispatch, mediated talks have not been going well. As a result the negotiating committee requested of the Division that all possible legal pressure be brought to bear on the Company to move these talks forward. The first planned event will take place at the annual shareholders meeting at Willis Tower in downtown Chicago on June 10th at 8am. The event will include a demonstration and hand billing prior to the meeting, followed by attendance of the meeting, to demand an industry-leading contract now.
A decision has been reached in the sub UA medical arbitration case. The majority decision is sustained in part and denied in part. The Board ruled that the institution of a 90-10 coinsurance violated Art 16 of the Collective Bargaining Agreement. With respect to the other increases such as co pays and out of pocket maximums the Board ruled that those elements were not in violation of Article 16.
The Resource Utilization arbitration is scheduled to continue on June 4 in Newark. As previously reported in the December 6 Mechanics Dispatch, the company requested and received a continuation of the case due to a change in their attorney. Since that date there have been several proposed dates but this is the first date that all parties could attend. After the hearing there will be an update on the process.
The union and the company met February 23rd through the 26th in face-to-face negotiations under the direction of the NMB in Newark. The IBT passed Article 16 (Health and Welfare) for review. After the IBT made the pass there was a Q and A session on the general structure of the TeamCare plan as it was proposed...