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Airline Division News, Week Ending March 9, 2019

Teamsters AD represent labor at the 2019 US Chamber of Commerce Aviation Summit

Teamster Airline Division Representative and TAMC Chairman Chris Moore took part in a panel discussion about the future aviation maintenance workforce at the 2019 US Chamber of Commerce Aviation Summit this week.

The summit; a discussion by industry leaders about the future of the Airline and Aerospace Industries, included the CEO’s of United, American, Alaska and FedEx among others who shared their thoughts on industry performance and what the future will hold. Most agree that barring any major incident, the fleet growth of roughly 8800 aircraft in North America over the next 20 years is still a good estimate and that the overall outlook is positive. They all also recognized that the shortage of pilots and mechanics is upon us and many of the panel discussion throughout the day touched that subject.

The discussion included the future of training using new technologies, how developments in robotics will aid the workforce and most importantly how do we get young people interested in the field.  The Teamsters dedication to workforce development was applauded by the participants and Chris also talked about TMAP; the Teamsters Military Assistance Program and how it helps provide a pathway from separation from the military to a civilian career.

TAMC is leading an effort to provide a pathway for those Veterans with aviation experience to become licensed A and P mechanics.  The panel also covered apprenticeship programs, the use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Virtual Reality (VR) as part of maintenance training, the need to update the skills test and 147 school curriculum rewrites.

“I am very proud of the hard work and dedication shown to our veterans by the TAMC,” said Airline Division Director Captain David Bourne. “Brother Moore’s focus on behalf of the Airline Division in outreach to our veterans and to our nations youth with his tireless participation in STEM programs and schools to promote aviation careers is a testament to the meaning of being a Teamster. Always there, and always reaching out to help the next generation, while never forgetting those who have helped our nation.”

Allegiant Dispatchers, Airline Division reach Agreement in Principle with Allegiant Air

The Airline Division and Allegiant Air reached an agreement in principle yesterday for the 34 dispatchers employed at Allegiant. This will be the first contract for the dispatchers since they voted to join the Teamsters.  

“I’m proud of our dispatchers,” said Capt. David Bourne, Director of the Teamsters Airline Division. “These workers fought bravely to get their union and now they’re close to getting their first contract. I’m glad we’ve been able to work productively with the company to get these negotiations to this point.”  

“I’d like to thank the negotiating committee for all of their hard work at the table,” said Bob Fisher, Airline Division International Representative and Lead Negotiator. “The committee was able to work professionally and proficiently with company negotiators to resolve outstanding issues. I am looking forward to working with the airline to finalize this agreement and deliver a long-awaited contract.”  

The Teamsters will work with the company in the next few weeks to finalize the agreement and determine final contract language which will go to the membership for a vote.  


Airline Industry News

Governmental and Regulatory

Southwest Airlines has received Federal Aviation Administration approval to launch flights between Hawaii and California. The airline will offer service to Honolulu, Maui, Kona on Hawaii Island and Lihue on Kauai from California.

Dutch organisations, including KLM and the government, are fighting back over Kalitta Air’s claim that its slots at Schiphol Airport were “wrongfully withheld”.


Airlines, Industry and Labor

Several US senators are urging the FAA to follow the lead of countries including China, Germany and France by temporarily grounding all Boeing 737 MAX 8s, following the deadly crash of Ethiopian Airlines flight ET302 on March 10.

UPS has promoted Kathleen Marran to fill the newly created role of vice president of marketing, diversity segments. "This position will be fundamental to the growth of our business and our people well into the future," said Kevin Warren, chief marketing officer at UPS.

UPS is deploying Boeing 747-8 aircraft for shipments between Hong Kong and its European air hub in Cologne, Germany. Three Boeing 747-8s will be deployed on the route, increasing capacity by 19% on four flights per week.

As the deadline for Brexit approaches less than five weeks away, still with no new trade deal agreed upon between the U.K. and the E.U., logistics industry community members are taking matters into their own hands by forming small-scale alliances to address inevitable supply chain disruptions and soothe clients’ concerns.