The UAL mechanics seniority committee met last week in Seattle Washington to discuss some open issues prior to returning to the task of merging the three seniority lists. One of the main topics discussed was on the subject of tiebreakers. The process of merging the lists will resume in the coming weeks.
UAL-CAL-CMI Mechanics Update
On August 14, Denver Tech Ops management, on behalf of the United Corporation, recognized sub-UA Teamster-E.A.P. committee member Michael Brooks for his years of contribution and dedication to his fellow employees. His work as an active board member on the “United We Care Employee Relief Fund” was memorialized with the presentation of a Professional Crystal Award and cake.
On August 19th through the 21st UAL mechanics negotiations resumed with the parties meeting in Chicago under the direction of Federal Mediator Gerry McGuckin. On the 19th the parties were briefed by Mediator McGuckin on the negotiations process moving forward. The parties reached tentative agreements on two articles and finalized language on nine other articles.
With a life on the line, Rob Pennell springs into action. The UAL Lead Facilities Maintenance Technician at PDX recently helped save the life of a stranger who was found unresponsive on the floor of the terminal...Oral arguments for the sCO medical grievance wrapped up on August 5; when the decision has been signed it will be reported in the Dispatch. The sUA medical grievance will continue as scheduled on September 8...
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 notice to the steering committee was sent out for the body to reconvene July 24 and 25 in Denver. The notice was sent to the seventy sitting members of the committee covering all locations from Boston to Guam. The committee will be briefed on what has transpired since the last meeting and then there will be a discussion on how the talks will proceed under mediation.