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UAL/CAL/CMI Mechanics Update - May 4, 2014

Representatives Attend Training

On April 29 and 30, twenty five Chief Stewards and Business Agents attended training on preparing and presenting cases at the System/Joint Board level. The class was coordinated by the IBT Training Department and was led by Iliana Flores after a request by the Airline Division.

The first day was spent learning preparation and presentation theory and tactics. The modules taught were building the case file, formulating the question to be asked of the board, witness preparation, painting a simple story for the board and finally what board members look for in a presentation. There was much interaction and feedback regarding past and current cases. 

The second full day was spent using the knowledge in a practical situation. A mock board was held using a current discharge case. The class was divided into three groups, the board with both union and company members, the union side and the company side. The case was dissected and discussed in many different ways over the course of eight hours. The designated company representatives presented their case, including witness testimony, and the designated union group cross examined the witness followed by redirect from both sides. In a similar manner the designated union representatives mounted their defense of the grievant. Finally the designated board went into executive session and rendered a decision.

It was evident the participants were enjoying their roles and were gaining insight to further help the members by mounting solid cases. Given the participation and feedback from the group this class will be ongoing. Also materials are being developed as a result of the feedback to further aid these representatives in the future.

The class was hosted by Local 856 in San Bruno. A special thanks goes to Principal Officer Peter Finn and the entire staff of Local 856; without their valuable support this class would not have been as successful as it was.

Internet Security

Recently there has been a spate of email attacks received across the system from members and representatives alike. Please be on the lookout for returned emails that you haven't sent or emails from friends asking if you've sent a link as an indicator that you've been hacked. Also if you receive an email the says "hi" or "re: proposal" or similar with just a hotlink there's a very good chance it's an attack. Similarly some scammers use legitimate mail programs such as mail chimp to build a database of who has read email and what links they've clicked on. Constantly changing passwords to difficult strings including capital letters, numbers and special characters will be helpful as an overall internet security strategy.  Please be aware as you try to keep your system safe.

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