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Airline Division News, Week Ending December 28, 2014

Pilots For On-Demand Aircraft Operator Unite With Teamsters Local 1108

Pilots with Travel Management Company (TMC) voted overwhelmingly, 120-57, today in favor of Teamster representation. After the National Mediation Board (NMB) certifies the election, about 200 TMC pilots will become members of Teamsters Local 1108 in Richmond Heights, Ohio, and join the more than 75,000 airline industry workers currently represented by the Teamsters Airline Division.

“The Teamsters Union looks forward to working with the pilots of Travel Management Company to preserve and improve their compensation, benefits, work rules and just-cause job protections under a union contract, like those guaranteed at other on-demand and charter aircraft operators we have organized,” said Capt. David Bourne, Director of the Teamsters Airline Division. “These rights will be secured by an enforceable contract, rather than promulgated unilaterally by the company, as in the past.”

Travel Management Company, which began operations in 2006, is privately owned and is the largest single provider of on-demand charter aircraft services in the country.

Its luxurious fleet of modern turbine-powered business aircraft is operated 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

“Known Crewmembers” Will No Longer Be Required To Be In Uniform At TSA Checkpoints

Effective January 15, 2015, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) will no longer require airline crewmembers to be in uniform when using Known Crewmember checkpoints. By expediting crewmember screening, additional resources will be available to screen unknown and higher-risk travelers.

"CAPA would like to thank the TSA Administrator for being responsive to stakeholder input," said CAPA President Mike Karn, "CAPA has been an advocate of making this change to Known Crewmember, and we look forward to its implementation."

As of December 9, a total of 25,090,621 crewmembers have been successfully screened through Known Crewmember and the previous CrewPass program. Known Crewmember is now operational at 55 airports and 130 checkpoints nationwide, with 45 U.S. carriers currently participating.

The Coalition of Airline Pilots Associations (CAPA) is a trade association which represents more than 25,000 professional passenger and all-cargo pilots at carriers including American Airlines, UPS Airlines, US Airways, ABX Air, Horizon Airlines, Southern Air, Silver Airways, Allegiant Air, Kalitta Air, Miami Air, Cape Air, Omni Air, Atlas Air, Republic Airlines, Shuttle America and Chautauqua Airlines.

Source: CAPA

Airline Industry News

Governmental and Regulatory

U.S. airlines support the "transformational" 2015 Federal Aviation Administration Reauthorization process, which calls for NextGen progress.

Raytheon will continue to upgrade air traffic control centers with Standard Terminal Automation Replacement Systems, or STARS, under a modified contract with the Federal Aviation Administration. When the work is complete, all major U.S. airports and more than 90% of terminal air space under FAA control will be using the system.

Airlines, Industry and Labor

Most employees at American Airlines will receive 4% raises, the carrier announced in a letter to employees. CEO Doug Parker noted the success American saw in its first year following the merger and is sharing the carrier's improved financial performance with employees. "In celebration of that success, today we are announcing a pay increase of 4 percentage points for represented workgroups with ratified joint contracts and for non-contract employees below the director level," Parker said.

Boeing is not concerned about the effect of lower fuel prices on orders for its fuel-efficient aircraft such as the 787. "We're sold out on many of our production lines for multiple years," said Darren Hulst, Boeing's director for market analysis

As part of an effort to regain trust with employees, American Airlines will restore flight attendants' wage increases. The $81 million in raises means American flight attendants will have the highest hourly rates among their network peers.