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No Mechanical Problems in UPS Plane Crash, NTSB Says

Investigators have found no mechanical problem that would have led to August's deadly crash of a UPS cargo plane in Birmingham, Alabama, a National Transportation Safety Board official testified Thursday at a hearing in Washington.

NTSB to Hold Hearing on UPS Crash in Birmingham

The National Transportation Safety Board is holding a hearing into a cargo jet crash that killed two pilots at Birmingham's airport last year. The hearing set for Feb. 20 in Washington will investigate the crash of the twin-engine UPS A300-600 jet while it tried to land in Birmingham on Aug. 14. Investigators have said they didn't find mechanical problems with the aircraft.

Airlines Restore U.S. Flights as Weather Warms Up

Delta Air Lines Inc. (DAL) and United Airlines (UAL) are restoring flights amid rising temperatures after winter storms led carriers to cancel more than 11,000 U.S. flights in four days and marooned millions of fliers.

Airlines to Earn Record Profits Next Year as Mergers Pay Off

Airlines will post record earnings next year as a wave of consolidation and streamlining prompted by the global slump helps rein in capacity and support prices, the International Air Transport Association said. Carriers will earn a combined $19.7 billion in net income in 2014

United Airlines Mechanics Call for Pension Reinstatement During Informational Pickets at Airports Across the U.S.

(WASHINGTON) – Today, United Airlines (UAL) professional aviation mechanics represented by the Teamsters Union held informational pickets at 10 major airports around the country. United Airlines mechanics are informing the public that they may be forced to strike if the company refuses to keep its promise to reinstate the workers’ pension plans.

United Airlines Aims For $2B In Yearly Cost Savings

United Airlines said Tuesday that it will cut costs, overhaul its website, and shift flying from Asia to Europe as it aims to keep shareholders happy. United didn’t announce any furloughs as part of the cost-cutting measures outlined on Tuesday in a presentation to investors.

Letter: Unilateral Company Changes to Sub-CAL, Sub-UAL Mechanics’ Benefits Violate Contracts

In a letter to United Airlines Senior VP Douglas McKeen, Teamsters Airline Division Director Capt. David Bourne has submitting a class-action grievance on behalf of sub-CAL and sub-UAL mechanics, protesting the company’s unilateral changes that constitute a reduction in health benefits in violation of contractual agreements. The letter also requests more information on company changes to life insurance benefits and requests that United cease all unilateral changes to health benefits. Click here to read the letter.

BREAKING NEWS: US Airways Election Dates Announced!

Telephone electronic voting and Internet voting for US Airways mechanics and related workers will take place from July 8 through August 12, and voting instructions will be mailed out on July 8. The ballots will be counted on August 12. (Read the NMB notice.)

NMB Approves US Airways Election to Move Forward

Today, June 6, the National Mediation Board (NMB) announced that the Teamsters Union has a showing of interest (sufficient authorization cards) and will be scheduling an election soon. This is a huge step forward in our campaign to win a more secure future as Teamsters at the world’s largest airline. Now, we will truly have a choice for better representation moving forward. Click here to read the NMB notice.

Union Raids at AMR, US Airways Reflect Democracy, Expert Says

The labor movement generally opposes union raids on already unionized workplaces, but a contrarian university professor said that opposition is unwarranted because the raids reflect the democratic process and give workers an opportunity to be heard.

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