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Airline Division News, Week Ending March 15, 2014

Teamster Mechanics and Related Attend FAA Safety Info Share

In the highest turnout ever, with over 860 attendees, eighteen Teamster Safety representatives attended the FAA Safety Info Share in Seattle Washington last week.

Members of the ASAP Event Review Committees and Flight Safety Committees from UAL, CAL, UPS, Frontier, ASA and XJT took part in the three day conference which also included Airline, FAA, MRO, Military and OEM safety representatives. The meeting provides a platform for Aviation Safety Professionals to discuss Safety Issues effecting all phases of the industry.

ExpressJet Negotiations Update

Contract negotiations were held on March 11th, 12th and 13th in Baltimore, Maryland under the direction of the Federal Mediator. There was some continued discussion on Holidays and Personal Days, but no proposals were passed by the parties.

The Company made a first proposal on Section 11 (Sick Leave and OJI). There was discussion and the Union passed a first proposal on Section 11. The two opposing proposals are very divergent, mostly over the economic aspects of the contract section.

There was also discussion regarding the remaining contract sections being mostly economic in nature. The Mediator suggested that both sides should consider bringing any economic help to the next session. The Union negotiating committee has been using an outside economic consultant since beginning the process by putting together opening proposals and has been consistent in using an economist when needed.

Negotiations are scheduled to resume on March 31st in Baltimore.

Southwest Flight Simulator Technician Teamster Members Ratify Two Year Agreement

This past Thursday, Southwest Airlines Flight Simulator Technicians, with 100% participation, ratified a new two year contract by majority vote. The Flight Simulator Technicians are members of Local 19.

Commenting on the participation and vote, Local 19 President and Business Manager Bob Clever said, “I am so proud to have been able to work with Committee Members, Bruce Fishlock and Bill Baker making improvements to the existing contractual language and economic enhancements for this next 2 year contract. This group, a couple weeks ago, deservingly received the most prestigious award from Southwest Airlines, Hero’s of the Heart. Having worked for them this past year and most recently in negotiations, I never miss an opportunity to brag about the job they do and how fortunate I am to work with them.”

RAH Ballots Mailed, Roadshow Schedule Announced

Following on the telephone Town Halls, the roadshow schedule for RAH pilots concerning the TA has been published and is listed below. All members are urged to attend to get a full briefing on the TA and have the opportunity to speak directly to the members of the Negotiating Committee with questions about the agreement.

Ballots for the Republic pilots Tentative Agreement ratification vote were mailed on or about March 7th. Due to continuing severe winter storms over a large part of the country hampering the ability for the Post Office to deliver mail in some cases.

Coupled with the intervening weekend, this may have caused an uneven delivery of the ballot information around the country. Reports indicate that the ballots and attendant supporting information has now started arriving at the homes of Local 357 members. Members who have not received their ballot information and packet should contact the Airline Division at 202-624-6848.

DEN: 3/17

1100 and 1400

Country Inn and Suites

4343 Airport Way, Denver, CO 80239

(303) 375-1105


MCI 3/18

1200 and 1500

Fairfield Inn and Suites

11820 NW Plaza Cir, Kansas City, MO 64153

(816) 464-2424


ORD 3/19

1200 and 1500

Airport Hilton

ORD International Airport Terminal

(773) 686-8000


SDF 3/19

1200 and 1500

Crowne Plaza

830 Phillips Ln, Louisville, KY 40209

(502) 367-6161


IND 3/20

1300 and 1700

Cambria 1100

6014 Gateway Dr, Plainfield, IN 46168

(317) 279-2394


CMH 3/21

1200 and 1500

Country Inn and Suites

2900 Airport Dr, Columbus, OH 43219

(614) 478-2900


CLE 3/22

1200 and 1500

Holiday Inn Strongsville

15471 Royalton Rd, Strongsville, OH 44136

(440) 238-8800


PIT 3/23

1100 and 1500

Airport Hyatt Regency

Pittsburgh International Airport Terminal

(724) 899-1234


LGA 3/25

1300 and 1600

Courtyard by Marriott

9010 Ditmars Blvd, East Elmhurst, New York 11369

(718) 446-4800


EWR 3/25

1200 and 1500

Doubletree Newark

128 Frontage Rd, Newark, New Jersey 07114

(973) 690-5500


DCA 3/26

1200 and 1500

Doubletree Crystal City

300 Army Navy Dr, Arlington, VA 22202

(703) 416-4100


PHL 3/27

1200 and 1500

Wyndham Garden Inn Airport

45 Industrial Hwy, Essington, PA 19029

(610) 521-2400


Airline Industry News

Governmental and Regulatory

The Federal Aviation Administration has published an official update of procedures to be followed by air traffic control tower personnel. Officials clearing planes for departure using the pre-departure clearance system available through the electronic control tower datalink system must now deliver some instructions and materials in person, rather than electronically.

Aviation regulators say they're considering rules that would require alcohol and drug testing for people who work on U.S. airline planes in foreign maintenance and repair shops.

Deborah Hersman, chairwoman of the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), has announced plans to leave the agency in April to become president and chief executive officer of the National Safety Council.

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) said Wednesday that the pending departure of its chairwoman will not affect its efforts to assist searching for a missing Malaysia Airlines flight or any of its other ongoing investigations.

Airlines, Industry and Labor

UPS pilots are pressing to be covered by the same rules that require passenger airline crews to get more rest. The cargo pilots have filed a lawsuit against the Federal Aviation Administration to bring them under the regulations and are backing legislation in Congress to do the same thing.

American Airlines COO Robert Isom said the merged carrier sees opportunity in boosting its cargo services.