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Airline Division News, Week Ending May 3, 2019

Southwest Materials Specialists Overwhelmingly Ratify New Agreement

With over 90 percent of the bargaining unit participating in the election, Material Specialists represented by the Teamsters Airline Division voted overwhelmingly to ratify their tentative agreement with Southwest Airlines.

The ratification vote marks the conclusion of negotiations that first began in September of 2013. The collective bargaining agreement covers more than 300 Material Specialists that deliver, store and stock aircraft parts and are members of Teamsters Locals 19, 104, 210, 455, 769, 781 and 986.

The five-year agreement includes three percent annual wage increases and top out rate of $35 per hour, the highest in the industry for material specialists. It also includes a guarantee that the company will hire more material specialists and a ratification bonus equivalent to 30 percent of each worker’s wages for last year.

“This was a long and tough negotiation, but the Southwest Material Specialists Negotiating Committee stood strong to ensure that the members got what they needed in the agreement,” said Teamsters Airline Division International Representative and SWA Negotiating Committee Chairman Bob Fisher.

“I am very pleased that our membership decided to ratify a mutually satisfactory agreement that was reached by union negotiators and Southwest Airlines working cooperatively,” said Captain David Bourne, Director of the Teamsters Airline Division.


Allegiant Air Flight Dispatchers Ratify First Agreement

With close to 90 percent of eligible workers participating, Flight Dispatchers at Allegiant Air have voted overwhelmingly to ratify their first collective bargaining agreement as members of Teamsters Local 986.

“I’m proud of our dispatchers,” said Captain David Bourne, Director of the Teamsters Airline Division. “These workers stuck together at the bargaining table to negotiate and ratify their first contract. Congratulations to everyone who worked hard to make this happen.”

“I’d like to thank the negotiating committee for all of their hard work,” said Bob Fisher, Airline Division International Representative and Lead Negotiator. “They were able to work professionally and proficiently with the company to reach an agreement that was amenable to all parties involved.”

“Local 986 is proud of the dispatchers for standing strong and getting an agreement that gives these new Teamsters outstanding health benefits and job security,” said Chris Griswold, Secretary-Treasurer of Local 986.

The new contract becomes amendable in five years. It includes a number of substantial perks, including more paid time off along with significant improvements to the dispatchers’ salaries and benefits – the total wage increase for the entire group is more than $900,000 over the lifetime of the agreement. In addition to the dispatchers, the Teamsters Airline Division also represent mechanics and pilots at Allegiant Air.

Airline Industry News

Scandinavian Airlines (SAS) has reached agreements with its pilot unions, ending a six-day strike that disrupted operations in Denmark, Norway and Sweden.

Tampa International Airport (TPA) awarded a US$43 million contract to Miami-based GLF Construction Corp. for the construction of a new taxiway and bridge at the airport. The project is part of the TPA’s overall expansion and efforts to strengthen cargo infrastructure to support growing cargo volumes as Amazon, UPS and FedEx expand their footprints at the airport.

Atlas Air Worldwide’s subsidiary carrier Southern Air has put two 737-800BCFs into service on a CMI basis for Amazon Air. The two aircraft (32882 and 32611) are among at least five 737-800BCFs that Southern Air will begin flying for Amazon in 201

Bombardier has announced plans to divest its aerostructures businesses in Belfast, Northern Ireland, and Morocco and to form an integrated Bombardier Aviation unit with manufacturing operations in Canada, Mexico and the US.

Grizzled FedEx Express veteran Joey has retired after nearly 50 years flying. Joey, more formally known as Aircraft N365FE, last flew to Victorville, California, from Memphis on March 29 to join other retired FedEx Express planes. The MD-10 jet logged 91,452 hours and 56 minutes in the air over its career, according to FedEx.

A group of pilots has come onto the recruitment market following problems at Hong Kong Airlines.

Amazon has entered the in the US freight brokerage industry and is set to considerably challenge existing brokerages’ dominance.