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UAL/CAL/CMI Mechanics Update - April 13, 2014

Resource Utilization Arbitration

The presentation of the union’s case began on Wednesday the 9th however it was not completed. The hearing session concluded late that day with the parties reviewing calendars to schedule future dates. As with the two subsidiary medical grievances, when the schedule is known it will be reported in the Dispatch.

Negotiations Update

In late February and early March the economists from both sides met to thoroughly review the respective terms of the last table positions of the parties. Those two meetings produced a better understanding of the valuation of each side’s position. The result of the analysis was that while much progress was made in the expedited portion of bargaining there are still significant issues to overcome. Following these meetings, mediator Gerry McGuckin called the parties together for a meeting of the principals. That meeting was originally scheduled for April 11th in Chicago but was moved to Newark on the 10th.

Mediator McGuckin laid out the ground rules for going forward and informed the two sides that they had now lost control of the pace of negotiations; the parties will now be bound by his schedule availability. With twenty one open, active cases, the first date available in his schedule was the week of August 18th through the 22nd.

The parties agreed that there would be an additional meeting for the leadership on May 7th and 8th in Las Vegas, NV following the IBT Unity conference. The time from May to August will be used to reconvene the steering committee to discuss the current state of negotiations and to seek input for the full rank and file committee moving forward.    

MRO Conference

The annual Aviation Week MRO conference was held in Phoenix last week. Attending for the Division were Representative Chris Moore and Local 986 Business Agent Dave Saucedo. Chris and Dave are working on a report which will be shared when complete. Two continuing trends brought up at the conference that affect our craft are the limited number of people entering the field and the rising rates in Asia which are increasing costs for widebody overhauls in that region. Both of these trends will continue to be a tailwind for this craft for the foreseeable future.

Furloughed members urged to update their addresses

Members on furlough are advised to keep their addresses current with the company while on layoff. It is predicted that there will be many movements this year and there have been several members that have been removed from the seniority list because old addresses were on file when notices were sent.

If you are in touch with a furloughed member, please forward this information to them. Updates may be emailed to: . The ESC will provide a fax number and ask members to send the address change accompanied with a signature.

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The following Locals represent these respective cities:

Boston Local 25

New York & Washington Local 210

Charleston & Atlanta Local 528

Miami, Ft. Lauderdale Tampa & Orlando Local 769

Cleveland Local 964

Chicago Local 781

Houston, Dallas & New Orleans Local 19

Phoenix Local 104

Seattle, Portland, Los Angeles, Hawaii & Guam Local 986

San Francisco Local 856/986

Denver Local 455