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Airline Division News, Week Ending July 11, 2015

Air Canada Contract Signed

Airline Division Director David Bourne was joined by Air Canada Business, International Representatives and Air Canada management in Clearwater Beach, Florida on Thursday and Friday to sign the new Agreement and to hold a system board.

On Thursday, the parties reviewed the documents, made changes as noted in the clarifications sent to the membership, and signed the final document. Present for the signing for the Union were Airline Division Director David Bourne, Chief Negotiator Clacy Griswold, Division Rep Bob Fisher, Business Agents Cynthia de Figueiredo (Local 210), Roly Piña (Local 769), Joan Corey and John Murphy (Local 25), and Negotiating Committee members Rob Carey (Local 769), Chad Satter (Local 986) and Phil Czochanski (Local 210). Angela Papazis from Local 769 joined the group on Friday for the signing and to participate in the system board.

“I want to congratulate the negotiators on reaching the agreement,” said Division Director Bourne. “This is the result of many hours and days of hard work, always focused on doing what’s best for our members,” he concluded.

On Friday, System Board number 86 convened with the Board heard twenty cases dealing with both language interpretation and discipline. The Board met all day Friday concluding early in the evening.

Airline Industry News

Governmental and Regulatory

Peter Neffenger has been officially sworn in as administrator of the Transportation Security Administration.

Airlines, Industry and Labor

Southwest Airlines has issued a statement welcoming mediation with the Aircraft Mechanics Fraternal Association and promising that the final contract will "be a fair agreement that protects all our employees and their futures."

Boeing has delivered 39 more planes so far in 2015 than in the same period in 2014 -- 381, up from 342. Boeing's single-aisle 737 has been its most popular plane this year, with the 787 Dreamliner taking the second spot.