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Airline Division News, Week Ending June 27, 2015

IBT “Career Move” available for UAL Members

In March of 2013 the Teamsters and UAL settled a dispute which resulted in a new benefit for IBT represented members. The new benefit is a one-time career move which provides for many or all costs associated with moving to be paid for by the company. An IBT-represented employee is eligible for a “Career Move” once in their career, provided they is not on probation or returning from inactive status (Furlough, Illness Leave, etc.). 

A Career Move can only be used for a job transfer from an active status at one location to an active status at another location. Your new residence must be within 50 miles of your new work location—services will not be provided to a residence outside this distance.

To get the process started, UAL Form UPE-1682 needs to be filled out and signed by a supervisor at the station you are departing from. HR must also approve and the form is then sent to the career move department. Take care to fill out the entire form accurately to avoid added delays.

More information on the process and benefits can be found by going to the company “Flying Together” website. First click on the “Employee Services” tab along the top of the home page then scroll down to the “Career” box. Next, click on the “Relocation” link. Once on that page find and pull up the “IBT Career Move Policy” tab. These pages will offer all the details about the move policy, the documents needed to get started, and instructions for requesting benefits.  

Allegiant Mediation Continues in Washington

This week Negotiating Committee Member Jeff Johnson along with ExCo Members Cameron Graff and Corey Berger traveled to Washington, DC to meet with Local 1224 Representative Greg Unterseher, Kaitlyn Long and Local 1224 Lead Attorney Ed Gleason to participate in mediated negotiations with the company at the National Mediation Board.

The mediated negotiations at the NMB headquarters began on Monday morning.  Allegiant Air’s Bob Lieser, Trent Porter and Hayden Barton, along with Ford and Harrison attorney Ellen Ham and Ford and Harrison Solution’s Jerry Glass, represented the company.  NMB Mediator Mike Tossi conducted the mediation session.  Allegiant’s COO Steve Harfst and VP Greg Baden did not attend the mediation sessions until later in the week.

The first session, on Monday morning, started with the company demanding a written retraction of the Teamster press release regarding the shareholders vote. The representatives responded that although the press release wasn't a statement by the Allegiant pilots or even Local 1224, the statement was accurate.  Shortly thereafter, it was verified that the press release was accurate and confirmed that the company’s retraction demand was just another of its stall tactics and stunts designed to avoid good faith bargaining. Later that morning, the parties discussed each other’s FOQA letter of agreement proposals. The Union’s pension actuary also and later gave a presentation to the company and the mediator on our retirement proposal.

Tuesday morning began with a union counter to the FOQA proposal and the day was spent discussing the FOQA program and safety concerns with the company.  Also, on Tuesday and Wednesday Teamster financial analyst Kaitlyn Long and ExCo member Corey Berger met with Allegiant Air's VP of Financial Planning Trent Porter and Hayden Barton to review how the company business model works with the union proposal.

On Wednesday morning the company countered the union's FOQA counter proposal. Unfortunately, the company was not willing to make the necessary changes to the current FOQA program to bring its current program in accordance with the FAA’s FOQA advisory circular. On Wednesday afternoon the company passed proposals on Section 13 (Hours of Service), Section 14 (Scheduling) and Section 15 (Reserve).  Best described as regressive; it was apparent that they had been hastily cobbled together not for good faith bargaining but as part of a corporate temper tantrum regarding its corporate safety and shareholder problems. 

During a meeting with the Teamster Capital Strategies Department in Washington DC today, it was pointed out that in 2012 the company had an operating profit of approximately $175 million of which $45 million was given to shareholders. In 2013 the profit was $200 million and $84 million was given to shareholders.  In 2014, the profit was $270 million and $180 million was given back to shareholders.

Negotiations will continue in Chicago where we will be meeting July 7-10.

Woltjen Appointed to UAL ERC

In a letter to UAL Officers and Business Agents, Airline Division Director David Bourne has notified them of appointment of Brother Mike Woltjen as the replacement for Brother Mike Keating as the IBT ERC representative for UAL. Brother Woltjen; it was noted in the letter, has been serving as Brother Keating’s alternate on the ERC and has a solid grasp of the issues facing the group as the ERC representative from the IBT. 

Additionally the MSAP office and records will remain in SFO to avoid any disruption as they continue working toward a combined MSAP/ASAP program. 


Airline Industry News

Governmental and Regulatory

The U.S. Senate Coast voted to approve Guard Vice Adm. Peter Neffenger's nomination to lead the Transportation Security Administration.

The U.S. House of Representatives is considering a bill to restore congressional oversight to the Customs and Border Protection preclearance process.

Airlines, Industry and Labor

Mediation for pilots of Republic Airlines, members of Local 357, continue this week with the NMB in Washington.

Bill Franklin died on Friday at 88, but his legacy lives on in the company that he helped save, and in Southwest Airlines' famous 10-minute turn.

United Airlines is overhauling its Denver pilot training center. "We will extensively renovate the existing Denver facility to house a premier center that will support our training needs now and into the future," wrote Howard Attarian, United senior vice president of flight operations, in an internal memo. 

Boeing's chief operating officer and president, Dennis Muilenburg, will succeed  retiring CEO Jim McNerney next week. The handover to Muilenburg, who joined Boeing as an intern, is intended to promote stability. "This is a big, long-cycle company that needs somebody running it for an extended period of time," McNerney said.