UAL-CAL-CMI Mechanics Update
On Monday, January 13th, the TSA released its finalized US based repair station security rule. Significantly, because of the release, the moratorium placed by Congress on new certification of facilities has now been lifted. Lobbyists for the MRO industry including ARSA are now pushing for the FAA to quickly certify new facilities.
We are extremely disappointed to see that the company has chosen to engage in the age old, worn out practice of accusing the union of contemplating illegal job actions when things don’t go their way. This began when talks broke off and now we are beginning to see them “monitoring the membership,” hoping that we might do something illegal. You don’t have to take our word for it, see for yourself.
In a letter to United Airlines Senior VP Douglas McKeen, Teamsters Airline Division Director Capt. David Bourne has submitting a class-action grievance on behalf of sub-CAL and sub-UAL mechanics, protesting the company’s unilateral changes that constitute a reduction in health benefits in violation of contractual agreements. The letter also requests more information on company changes to life insurance benefits and requests that United cease all unilateral changes to health benefits. Click here to read the letter.
Teamster Business Agents and Principal Officers representing the combined carriers met in Washington, DC on July 8th to discuss the current status of the negotiations at United Airlines. Collectively, the group decided it would be best to reconvene the steering committee prior to any interaction with the carrier. The group decided that reconvening the full committee would allow for discussions both about what transpired during the facilitated talks as well as an opportunity to fully explore options moving forward.