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The International Brotherhood of Teamsters is the most powerful and diverse Union in America, representing 1.4 million workers. The Teamsters Airline Division represents more than 75,000 workers in the aviation industry in every class and craft. Teamsters SFO 856/986 is proud to represent the over 3,000-strong United Airlines Mechanics & Related working at the SFO Point. The Teamsters are committed to securing jobs in the aviation industry by fighting the outsourcing that threatens our safety and security. 


 

The Membership has Spoken

The ballots for the Company's Closeout Proposal have been counted and the results are a resounding NO.  93.2% of members casting ballots voted to reject the company's proposal. 87% of eligible members voted. We will continue to keep the membership informed as more information is available. 

Click here to view the press release from the I.B.T.


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Negotiations Update

September 16, 2016

The IBT negotiating committee met on September 15th and 16th to discuss answers to many questions that were raised after the Agreement In Principal (AIP) was reached. At issue were several items that came to light with the full draft language from the company.

As reported before, the complete language from the company was sent to the committee shortly after the AIP was reached. The committee set to the task of comparing the document line by line in order to verify the language that was agreed to. As a result, a majority of the CBA is complete, however during review the committee realized that some changes were not clear.  Some of these noted changes are settled as a result of questions posed to the company, and others required additional meeting time. Each of these changes were somewhat subtle on their own merits, but together, all of these changes created some concern for this committee.

 As a result, your committee has voted, and the decision has been made that we do not have a Tentative Agreement at this point.  The Agreement in Principle still stands, as well as the NMB gag order. The NMB has directed the parties to meet at their offices in Washington, D.C. on September 26th to discuss the issues. 

The committee appreciates your patience as it is understood that this process can be frustrating. The committee believes it is better to get the items right rather than to rush through this process and we ask for your continued solidarity and patience while this process comes to a conclusion


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September 8, 2016

July/August Business Agents' Report
Inside this issue: Agreement in Principle Reached August 12; Teamster National Black Caucus Holds 41st Annual Conference; It's Time to Register to Vote;  Labor History for the Month of August  Quotes of the Month


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Update 
 
September 2, 2016
    

The committee met to continue the process of reviewing and writing the language associated with the recent Agreement in Principal.  Items of concern were discussed over the course of two days of meetings. These items will be presented to the company for proposed change. After these suggested edits are finalized they must be reviewed by the committee before a TA can be achieved.  The process will continue until the IBT and UA agree upon a final draft.  At that time, a TA will be reached and presented to the membership. 

 

The committee asks your patience while we go through the process of ensuring that a proposed contract reflects the spirit and intent of the items we’ve agreed to in principal. As the parties are still under the NMB gag order until this process is finished, no details will be released until a TA is reached. There will be work done over the next two weeks in an attempt to complete this process. Please watch the Dispatch for further information regarding upcoming meetings. 


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UAL Negotiations Update 
 
August 26, 2016
 

This week the process of finalizing the language of the AIP continued. The language worked on this week will be shared with the full committee ahead of the next scheduled meeting of the committee. That meeting will take place next Thursday and Friday in Chicago. At the meeting if the committee agrees that a TA has been reached details will be released shortly afterwards to the membership. Notice will be sent via the Mechanics Dispatch email distribution list. If you would like to sign up to the email list go to www.teamsterair.org and fill in the form marked mailing list on the right side of the page.

sUA Medical Arbitration Update 

 

United has notified the IBT that all claims surrounding the sub UA medical arbitration award have been paid. If you have not received payment, and have an outstanding claim, please contact Bob Fisher at rcfisher7@yahoo.com


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UAL Negotiations Update 
 
August 19, 2016
 

The parties met in Chicago, in very small committee, to prepare and review language surrounding the agreement in principal. This work will continue next week. The NMB requested and was notified of the results of this week’s session. 

On Friday evening (today) there will be a conference call with the full IBT committee to discuss what transpired during the week. Documents from the entire negotiation session are currently being reviewed for formatting and typographical errors. This task takes time and it is important to get it right. 

Until a Tentative Agreement is reached, the parties remain under the NMB “gag order” as described in a previous Dispatch. As soon as possible after the TA is finalized, details will be released. 


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UAL Negotiations Update 
 
August 13, 2016
 

The parties reached an agreement in principal at this week's session in Reston VA. The language finalization will need to occur and is scheduled to resume in Chicago next week. It is anticipated that, since there are not many language changes needed, that this part of the process should not take long. As soon as the language is finalized the negotiating committee will reconvene to review and approve. If accepted, the agreement in principal would then become a tentative agreement. 

Once that is complete, rather than spending time on printing and mailing the package, electronic copies of the full agreement will be distributed to the membership followed by an online ratification vote. This will take place as soon as possible.

During the ratification there will also be a group traveling the system as well as other materials to explain the new terms.

 

 


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July 12, 2016

June Business Agents' Report
Inside this issue: National Mediation Board Meetings; Negotiations Continue in Las Vegas; Technicians and Flight Attendants Picket Shareholder Meeting; Technicians Support Flight Attendants at SFO; Labor History for the Month of June; Quotes of the Month


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June  7, 2016

May Business Agents' Report
Inside this issue: Negotiations Update: NMB Status Meeting; Charles Taylor Award Presented to SFOPD Lead Ron Moy; Teamsters Local 856/986 UAL SFO 2016 Scholarship Winners; Labor History for the Month of May; Quotes of the Month; Election Day; Memorial Day Weekend


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June 1, 2016
 
James R. Hoffa Scholarship Deadline June 15, 2016

The James R. Hoffa Memorial Essay contest's deadline is coming up fast, so be sure to get applications in soon. This year, the JRH Essay has a great topic: "What has living in a Teamster household meant to me and my siblings?". 


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UAL Negotiations Update 
May 23, 2016
 

Your negotiating committee met this morning with the National Mediation Board (NMB) at the NMB headquarters in Washington, DC. In attendance for the union were the voting members of the negotiating committee, Teamsters Airline Division Director Capt. David Bourne as well as legal, actuarial and economic staff from the International. In attendance from the NMB were Board Member Linda Puchala and Mediator Gerry McGuckin. The purpose of the meeting was for the Board to review and ask questions to the negotiating committee concerning the union’s comprehensive counterproposal that has been given to the NMB, but not yet presented to United. Issues addressed at this meeting included, but were not limited to, industry-leading wages, benefits and pension after the company’s latest offer was rejected by over 93 percent. 

After reviewing the union’s counterproposal, which was finalized and submitted to the NMB earlier this month, the Board wanted to bring both sides individually to Washington, DC to move negotiations forward. Dates for face-to-face negotiations with the company will be determined after meetings between the two sides and the Board the week of June 6, 2016. 

Your committee is dedicated to moving quickly in order to get a tentative agreement with the company that is reflective of the hard work, dedication and professionalism of Teamster Technicians and Related members working at United Airlines. As soon as your committee receives information, it will be distributed to you. 

 

In Solidarity,

 

Your Negotiating Committee

 


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May 9, 2016

April Business Agents' Report
Inside this issue: Negotiations Update; Teamsters Picket United Mileage Plus Partner Princess Cruises; AFA Holds Picket at SFO; Workers' Memorial Day Observed; Labor History for the Month of April; Labor Quotes; Stay Informed


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April 28, 2016

June Election Endorsements

The June 2016 Primary local and statewide endorsements are available now. All candidates are thoroughly vetted to ensure they support working families. 

Click here to view the endorsements.


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Workers' Memorial Day 2014   
April 28, 2016


Workers' Memorial Day 2016:
Mourn for the Dead, Fight for the Living  

Safe Jobs Save Lives

The Teamsters Union, and trade unionists around the world, recognize April 28 as Workers' Memorial Day - an international day of remembrance and action for workers killed, disabled, injured or made ill by their work.


Workers' Memorial Day is an opportunity to highlight the preventable nature of most workplace injuries and illnesses, and to promote the fight for improving health and safety at each and every workplace. The slogan for the day is "Speak Out for Safe Jobs."

Click here to learn more 




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April 13, 2016

March Business Agents' Report
Inside this issue: Negotiating Committee News; New York City Action; Teamsters Join AFA on the Picket Line at SFO; Labor History for the Month of March; Labor Quotes of the Month; Stay Informed


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A Message from Your UAL Negotiating Committee

April 5, 2016
 
On February 16, 2016, Teamster United Airlines mechanics, voted down United’s offer and voted overwhelmingly to authorize a strike. Since then, your Negotiating Committee has been hard at work to determine the best path for productive negotiations with the company that address the concerns of the membership.
A survey of the membership was completed on Friday, April 1st. This will give the Negotiating Committee an accurately prioritized picture of the current issues and concerns that the workers want brought up in bargaining.
On March 8, 2016, two large United investors, Altimeter Capital and PAR Capital, announced that they would be running a slate of six nominees for the company’s Board of Directors, including the former Chairman and CEO of Continental Airlines, Gordon Bethune, who is credited with turning Continental’s performance around.

The dissidents alleged long-standing poor governance by the Board and five years of underperformance relative to their peers in the passenger aviation industry as their motivation for running this slate. United reacted by adding three Directors to their Board with the addition of another director forthcoming.
The Teamsters are remaining neutral right now in their support of the competing slates. The interests of the workers come first for the union and careful observation of the issues surrounding this battle are necessary to determine who would be best for the membership.
The Negotiating Committee, including business agents, rank-and-file members, legal advisors and the union economist, is scheduled to meet April 13-14 at Local 856 in San Bruno, California to review the surveys and decide on bargaining issues and strategy moving forward. Please stay tuned for updates.
 
 
In Solidarity,
Your Negotiating Committee
 


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Survey Information Update

March 22, 2016

 

Your Local Union Principal Officers have approved this survey of the UAL/CAL/CMI mechanics to be used for the benefit of your negotiating committee.  

When you respond to the questions in the survey, we ask that you take the time to provide a well thought out, honest, and informed answer.  Please make sure that you answer every question.  If you do not finish the survey in one sitting, you can save your survey, return later and pick up where you left off. 

Starting today, Tuesday, March 22, 2016, this survey will be available online and will remain available through 5pm Eastern Time, Friday, April 1, 2016. The survey consists of contract topics containing multiple-choice and fill in the blank questions.  In addition, at the end of the survey, text boxes are available for additional comments that have not been addressed. 

To access the survey simply follow these steps:


1.      Go to https://BallotPoint.com/IBTADsurvey

2.      Login with your Employee ID and PIN, Your initial PIN is the last four numbers of your SSN.

3.      If this is the first time you logged in, you will be asked to change your PIN. Simply follow the prompts. Otherwise, you will skip this step.

4.      Click on the "Take Survey Now" button to start your survey.

 

FAQs 

Q: What if I don't have time to finish the survey all at once?

A: You can save a partially completed survey.  To save, either click the "Save Partially Completed Survey" button in the lower-right corner of the browser window, or scroll to the bottom of the survey and click the “Save Partially Completed Survey” button.

To complete the survey at a later time, log in to the survey and select the Surveys... > Take/Resume menu item. Depending on the speed of your internet connection, it may take a moment for your previously saved responses to appear. 

Q: If I have submitted my survey, can I change my answers?

A: Yes, you can log into the survey and retake it as often as you like, until the deadline. 

Q: I want to change the answers to my previously submitted survey.  But, when I log in, I don’t see my previous answers.  Where are my responses?

A: If you completed the survey and clicked on the “Submit Survey Responses” button, rest assured that your answers are recorded in the system.  However, the way the software works, it does not provide you with your responses should you take the survey again.  At this point, you will need to re-take the entire survey.  When you click on the “Submit Survey Responses” button, your new answers will replace your previous answers in the system (i.e., only your latest submittal will be counted). 

You can avoid having to re-take the entire survey, if you want to change a response at a later time.  Prior to clicking the “Submit Survey Responses” button, click the “Save Partially Completed Survey” button.  In the pop-up box, select “OK.”  You will then see a screen confirming that the survey has been saved (keep in mind that saving the survey does not submit it).  Then, to submit the survey, click the resume survey link. When the survey is resumed, click the "Submit Survey Responses" button. Your survey is now submitted.  Should you wish to change a response prior to the deadline, log in to the survey, select the “Surveys...>Take/Resume > Resume menu item, change any (or all) of your responses and re-submit the survey. 

Q: Will the union know my individual responses to the questions?

A: IBT will receive a summary of how many people have taken the poll, as well as a summary of their collective answers.  We will not know your individual responses. 

Q: What if I choose not to participate?

A: IBT will not have the value of your input, and the results of the survey will be less reflective of the entire membership. 

Q: What do I do if I need help?

 

A: If you have specific questions about how to login to the survey, please send an e-mail to: aallen@teamster.org.

 


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March 16, 2016

 

On Monday, March 14th, United CEO Oscar Munoz held a labor summit with the leaders of all the unions at United. The meeting was a rescheduled as a consequence of the canceled meeting in the fall 2015. 

Present for the IBT was Airline Division Director Captain Captain Bourne. The meeting consisted of Mr. Munoz getting to know the leadership of the UAL unions in a casual setting. There was no discussion of specific contract issues or table positions. The summit was more of a meet and greet session with Mr. Munoz shedding light on his concept of labor relations and his plan to restore United's position in the industry along with an open Q & A session.  

As a group, the labor leaders agreed with Mr. Munoz to hold these Labor meetings every quarter. In a private meeting, Director Bourne requested that Mr. Munoz to meet personally with our UAL negotiating committee. He agreed to do so and looks forward to discussing his vision and management style to the committee. When dates have been agreed to for resumption of negotiations, Mr. Munoz plans join us at the first negotiation.

 


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March 11, 2016

 

Member Concerns Regarding NMB Status Meeting 

Many Local representatives are reporting that there is confusion about what transpired in Washington DC at the NMB.  

Concerning our request for release; the Board informed us that they are reviewing the matter. This is normally what they do when anyone requests release and we expect a decision to be forthcoming.  

Moving forward, the survey will be done electronically and we expect to have it posted next week. This is an important step in the process; in addition to the overwhelming 93% no vote, it provides an excellent tool to express the member’s desires to the Board. As an example, the survey after the March 2011 T/A helped the rank and file negotiators to achieve their goals in November of that year. While speculation is always subjective; we do feel that if management is truly as focused as we are on reaching a mutually acceptable agreement, then we are of the opinion that can be reached in a reasonably short timeline. 

To be clear; the IBT wants to return to the table ASAP in advance of a release, to finish a deal. The company has expressed a similar desire to the Board. Both parties expressed disappointment with the status meeting being set for May by the Board. At the end of the meeting, the Board agreed to scheduling the meeting “on or before” the May date. It is our belief that the status meeting will be held well in advance of May. 

 

While the Board is moving slow in getting us dates the IBT stands ready to meet outside of mediation if the company wishes to conclude these negotiations quickly.


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March 4, 2016

February Business Agents' Report
Inside this issue: The Membership Sends a Strong Message to UAL!; Principal Officers Meet in DC to Plan a Path Forward; SFO Holds 'Lunch in the Street' Rally; Teamsters Hold Nationwide Day of Action; Negotiating Committee Meets at SFO; SFO Metrology Lab Reaches a Major Milestone; Scholarships are Accepting Applications; Labor History for the Month of February; Quote of the Month; 


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Update regarding the Status Meeting with the NMB

March 4, 2016

 

March 3rd the leadership of both parties attended a status meeting at the NMB in Washington DC. Board member Linda Puchala, Deputy Director Michael Kelliher, along with Senior Mediator Pat Sims and Mediator Gerry McGuckin asked for an update from the parties since the vote on February 16th. Both parties met individually with the group from the NMB to provide their individual reports.

 

The company responded to the request for release which was delivered on February 26th. The Board is reviewing the situation and will make a determination soon on the request for release.

 

The IBT was asked if it was ready to proceed with negotiations. The leadership informed the assembled NMB group that we would be ready to proceed as soon as the survey results were compiled and the committee makes a counter proposal. In addition to the survey, and running at the same time, there will be discussions on the floor to receive feedback from the technicians group. It was conveyed to the NMB group that an industry leading agreement is our goal and we would like to return to the table as soon as possible to achieve that end.

 

 

Based on the input, Linda Puchala stated that given the timeline needed to proceed, there would be another status meeting on or before May 16th to set future dates.

 


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February 16, 2016

Special Update 

The National Mediation Board has called a Status Meeting between the Teamsters Airline Division and United Airlines Management on Thursday, March 3, 2016.  We will keep you updated. 

 


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February 5, 2016

January Business Agents' Report
Inside this issue: January Informational Meetings, Referendum Update,  Pre-Retirement Seminar, Chief Steward News,  NSC President Deborah Hersman Visits SFO, January Labor History, Quotes of the Month, Stay Informed
 


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January 21, 2016

Special Ballot Update

MESSAGE FROM DIVISION DIRECTOR

 

I would like to apologize for the length of time it has taken for some members to receive their packages for voting on the company proposal. This has been a frustrating process all around as a result of what has transpired since the packages were shipped. Below is an outline of what has transpired to this point, and our plans to ensure every member has the right to vote.

There were a number of questions about the ballot mailing process. Some members asked why different postmark dates appeared on envelopes containing ballots — including dates after the December 23, 2015 ship date.

The IBT does not do the printing or mailing ourselves. To remain removed from the balloting process, we contracted BallotPoint to run the election as an independent overseer of the vote count. Many Unions and even the NMB contract for these services from BallotPoint for the same reason.

BallotPoint contracts with a printing company, called Allied Media, to print and mail the ballots. All pieces were shipped by Allied at the same time on December 23, 2015. They sent the items to be mailed to a parcel commingling company which, to speed delivery, trucked the envelopes directly to major USPS entry points and deposited them with USPS there. That is why tracking numbers may show they were deposited with the USPS in different cities after December 23, 2015.

Although great effort was made to get ballots to everyone in a timely manner, we have learned that many members, particularly in Guam and Hawaii, have still not received ballots. Accordingly, we will extend the time to vote until 12 pm EST on February 16, 2016. The ballots will be tallied and announced by BallotPoint immediately after this deadline. Duplicate ballots may be requested before 1 pm EST on February 9, 2016. 

No member should have to be worried about whether they will have an opportunity to have their voice heard, and the IBT wants to ensure that, regardless of the outcome of the vote, all members have that right.

 

/s/

 

David P. Bourne
Director, Airline Division

 

For a full copy of this memo, please click here.


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January 14, 2016

Special Update

Ballot-Voiding Process

BallotPoint has been asked the following question by UAL Mechanics voting in the United Mechanics “Close Out” Proposal ratification currently being conducted by BallotPoint on behalf of the IBT Airline Division (IBT-AD):

How does the BallotPoint system remove votes cast by members whose votes should not be counted?

Background

Membership Roster — For this ratification, IBT-AD supplied BallotPoint with a membership/voting roster. Each roster-record contained a member’s name and address (to mail the voting packet), as well as voting attributes that specified the member's local, his active/furlough status, and voting eligibility. At the time a member goes to vote in the BallotPoint system, the eligibility attribute is checked; if set to eligible at that moment, a ballot is presented to that member.

For this ratification, the eligibility of all members was set to eligible in the initial roster; if a member was listed as being ineligible in a subsequently uploaded membership roster, then any vote cast by that member would be removed from the pool of cast votes at the time of the tally. This method is often used in contract ratifications conducted through the BallotPoint system, to permit the widest possible access to the voting system during the voting period, and to give potentially-ineligible members the maximum amount of time to satisfy eligibility requirements as of the time of the tally.

Two-Server Architecture — The BallotPoint system utilizes two physically separated servers, with limited and carefully controlled access to each server. One server—the MRNS—holds and maintains membership roster information. The second server—the Election Server (ES)—is where members cast their votes. Membership rosters are uploaded to the BallotPoint system via the MRNS; the MRNS assigns to each member a randomly generated identifier, and only the MRNS knows the association of a member to an identifier. Once the MRNS has assigned random identifiers to all members, it passes that list of identifiers and the members’ voting attributes to the Election Server, so that voters may later access the ES to vote. These identifiers appear in the mailed packets sent before an election begins. 

When a member casts a vote on the Election Server, his assigned random identifier is included with the vote being stored, in case his vote must be removed at tally-time due to ineligibility.

Process

After the close of the voting period—but before the tally—the voting system allows for the removal (voiding) of any votes cast by members who are declared ineligible as of the time of the close of the voting period.

Once the voting period closes, election officials log on the MRNS to perform the void process. The process is as follows: 1) the MRNS sends a command to the Election Server requesting a list of all random identifiers used when casting ballots that are marked as ineligible as of the close of the voting period; 2) upon receipt of the list, the MRNS converts this list of random identifiers into a randomly ordered list of the names of the members who cast those votes; 3) election officials review the list verifying that members listed should in fact have their votes removed before tally; and 4) once verified, the MRNS sends a command instructing the Election Server to remove the votes cast by the ineligible members. Only after the ballot-voiding process has completed can election officials request the tally.

IBT/UAL Mechanics "Close Out" Vote Specifics

In the case of the IBT/UAL "Close Out" vote, the initial membership roster contained both active and furloughed members of which all were marked as eligible to cast a vote. After review of the situation, IBT identified to BallotPoint those furloughed members in the roster that should not have their votes tallied. BallotPoint updated the membership roster, marking as ineligible those identified members. The updated roster was loaded into the voting system at approximately 4:30 p.m. January 12, 2016 (Pacific).

Thereafter, any member marked as ineligible, though permitted to log on to the voting system, will not be offered a ballot (and therefore not be allowed to cast a ballot). Any ineligible members who had cast a ballot before the updated roster was loaded will have their votes removed from the system during the ballot-voiding process. Thus, no votes cast by ineligible members will be included in the tally.

http://teamsterair.org/sites/teamsterair.org/files/uploads/ualmechanics-ballotvoidingprocess.pdf

 


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January 11, 2016

Pre-Retirement Seminar Saturday, February 6, 2016

Teamsters SFO is hosting a pre-retirement seminar for all active and retired Mechanics & Related members at United Airlines in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Employee Communication Center (old SAMC area)
UAL MOC
800 S. Airport Blvd
San Francisco, CA 94128

9 a.m. to Noon

Light refreshments will be provided.

Spouses/Domestic Partners and members on Extended Illness who wish to attend must check in at the Main Lobby between 8:30 a.m. and 8:45 a.m. to be escorted to the seminar.

Click here to view the flyer 




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Closeout Proposal Informational Meetings

The following meetings have been scheduled to go over the Company’s Closeout Proposal. All members should receive an informational packet with the closeout proposal and electronic voting information prior to the meetings. 

You may also view the Company’s proposal online at www.TeamsterAir.org.

Please take some time to review the offer so that your questions may be addressed at the meetings.

Wednesday, January 6, 2015

7:30 a.m., 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.

Best Western Grosvenor

380 South Airport Blvd., South San Francisco, CA 94080

 

 


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Update January 5th 2016 

Due to the slow speed of delivery of the contract and voting instructions, the counting of the ballots has been extended, and will now take place at noon, EST on February 1st. The reason for the delayed delivery appears to be twofold. First, the packages had to be sent as bulk mail because of the weight of the documents and second the packages went out on December 23rd which is in the middle of the holiday mailing season. In addition, several members expressed concern that they would not have enough time to fully review the company’s closeout proposal and the additional seven days should provide enough time to address those concerns.  If you have not received your ballot by Thursday, January 14th, contact your Local Union to request a new or replacement ballot.

TeamCare Call 

Yesterday TeamCare hosted it’s first tele town hall conference call to review and discuss the TEAMCARE insurance plan for health, dental and vision that will be offered to all members if the close out proposal is approved.  Thousands of participants dialed in at the same time which caused an overload of the switching system. As a result many members were dropped or denied access to the call. The recording of yesterday’s call is now available at http://ibt.io/UAL-TeamCare.  

There will be another TeamCare tele town hall conference call this Thursday, January 7, at 6pm Pacific Time. To participate call 1-877-229-8493, with ID code 114828.


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January 5, 2016
 
TEAMCARE
CONFERENCE CALLS
for
UNITED AIRLINES MECHANICS
 
 
United Airlines mechanics are urged to take part in one of two telephone calls to review and discuss the TEAMCARE insurance plan for health, dental and vision that will be offered to all members if the close out proposal is approved. There will be an opportunity for participants to ask questions.
 
The calls will take place at:
 
3pm (Pacific Time) Monday, January 4, 2016
6pm (Pacific Time) Thursday, January 7, 2016
 
Both calls will provide the same information, so it is not necessary to participate in both. 
 
To join the call dial into:
 
1-877-229-8523 with ID code 314828
 
Editorial note: Please note that this is not a negotiated Tentative Agreement but a close out proposal from the company.


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January 5, 2016

December Business Agents' Report
Informational Meetings, RUL Arbitration Decision,  SFO JBA Hearings, Labor History: December, Message to SFO Shop Stewards, Stay Informed, Happy New Year from the SFO Committee
 


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Ruling in the RUL Arbitration

December 23, 2015

The arbitrator has issued a ruling in the resource utilization arbitration case. Unfortunately, the arbitrator denied the grievance. A copy of the award can be found here:

http://teamsterair.org/sites/teamsterair.org/files/uploads/ibt_united_rul12715_oanda.pdf

The post hearing briefs and transcripts will be posted right after the holidays.

 


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December 23, 2015
 
OSHA News Release: OSHA, Federal Aviation Administration sign agreement on joint responsibilities for protecting airline workers from retaliation.
 
 
 


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Ratification Process Update

December 22, 2015

Ballots, along with the complete company proposal, should be in the mail this week and will be counted on January 25th. The ballot will contain two questions; the first is whether or not you accept the company proposal and second; an authorization to seek release from mediation to enter self help, or as it is more commonly known, a strike vote.

The proposal along with the mechanic seniority list can be found at:
www.teamsterair.org.

A report from the seniority integration committee will be posted on the website this week. In addition, the flight simulator technician seniority list will be posted. Please look for your Local's updates to determine when and where informational meetings may be held. Tele town halls will also be held to answer questions on the contract and the proposed health and welfare benefits. Look for those times to be announced in a future Dispatch.

 


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December 22, 2015

Important information about the Company's Closeout Proposal Vote.
Voting dates, duplicate ballot request details, more 
 


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December 3, 2015

November Business Agents' Report
Houston Negotiating Committee Meeting, AMessage from your EAP Representatives,  SFO Safety Committee Report, Local 856 Thanksgiving Membership Meeting, Labor History: November
 


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Negotiations Update

November 28, 2015

The committee met in Houston this week to complete the process of vetting United's final offer.
Various subcommittees worked through the previous week on individual articles and LoA's, comparing the UA offer to previously TA'd articles, items agreed to in principal, and items not discussed/agreed to in an effort to gain a complete understanding of exactly what United has proposed. These findings were combined into a single list of inconsistencies that were delivered to the UA negotiators this week. Once this list is reviewed and the proposal finalized, a vote will be scheduled.
In order for the voting process to begin, the complete proposal must be sent to the printer, then mailed to each member's home along with the instructions for the electronic ballot. Printing and mailing is expected to begin in early December, mailed shortly thereafter with a final ballot count to occur in early January. The ballot will have two questions:

1. Accept or Reject United's final offer
2.Yes or No to authorize a strike


There are incomplete and unvetted versions of the proposal that are floating around the system. Please be advised that these documents are not accurate. As soon as the full proposal is completed it will be posted electronically for everyone to review.


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November 5, 2015

October Business Agents' Report
Negotiation Update; Stay Informed 
 
 


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October 29, 2015

Process Update

On Tuesday and Wednesday, Teamster Airline Division Representatives Clacy Griswold and Bob Fisher, along with Rank and File committee member John Laurin who is acting as the committee scribe and historian, met with Company Reps Marcel Delhommeau, Kellee Allain, and Nate Kramer to receive the Company's proposal. Most of the paper package was received over the two-day meeting. There are still some outstanding LoA's that the Company is finalizing which we expect to have later this week or early next week.

The reason for the delay of the final documents is that the parties were working on language for much of the document, but there were several other items that were passed in term sheet format with language to be finalized after the concepts were agreed upon. Several items that were not agreed upon require the Company to finish the language prior to presenting the proposal to the membership. It is important that this paper package is received and archived for both historical purposes as well as for any future negotiations or arbitrations that may arise.

There will be a meeting of the Rank and File committee next Thursday in Houston to review the Company's finalized proposal. Shortly after that meeting the document will be sent to the printer and released online for review by the membership.

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CLARIFICATION UPDATE:

A Closeout Proposal is NOT a Tentative Agreement

On Tuesday October 20th, the company presented a counter to our last pass that fell extremely short of what the committee believed was an industry-leading contract. The committee pressed their position through more passes over the next few days and finally was presented with United's ‘Closeout Proposal'. This closeout proposal is not a Tentative Agreement (TA) and is not what your committee wanted to bring forward. This is the Company's Final Offer.

A key part of the company's final offer included a request to have our committee present the proposal to the membership to decide if it meets your expectations. The committee respected the overall value of the proposal and agreed that the membership should have the opportunity to evaluate the offer.

After very intense discussions the committee then decided to recommend a Neutral position. A Neutral recommendation from the committee allows the membership to weigh the terms of this ‘Closeout Proposal' in a balanced way and decide if they find it to be acceptable. However, please be clear, this committee does not believe that formal negotiations reached a conclusion. Instead, the company ended negotiations prematurely.

United's closeout proposal will be circulated as soon as it is clearly formatted. Going forward, the Negotiating Committee will be working to organize and schedule meetings to give you detailed information on this proposal. It is our hope that all members take a proactive position to learn the details and to ask questions from your Union Representatives. Until then, please do not get caught up with the rumors!

In Solidarity,

SFO 856/986 Committee

 


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October 9, 2015

September Business Agents' Report
Negotiations Update; Medical Arbitration Update; SFO Safety Chairman Ralph Ortiz Presented an Award from NSC; Stay Informed 
 
 


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September 4, 2015

July/August Business Agents' Report
Consolidation of Reports, Denver MSAP/ASAP Meeting; Las Vegas TSAP Discussions; July Negotiations Update; August Negotiations Update; Teamsters EAP Report; AFA Negotiations; Giants vs. A's Ticket Raffle; Teamster Scholarship Winners; Historical Perspective-Labor Day; September Craft Meetings Postponed; Stay Informed
 
 


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Wednesday Rallies Continue to Support Bargaining Team


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July 9, 2015

June Business Agents' Report
ORD Informational Picket, Negotiations Update; Teamster EAP Report; MSAP Update; MSAP Update; Historical Perspective: June; Local 856 Training Opportunity; Stay Informed 
 
 


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Teamsters SFO at UAL Shareholders' Meeting


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June 10, 2015

United Airlines Teamsters SFO Members, Local 856 Principal Officer Peter Finn, Local 986 Principal Officer Chris Griswold, Representatives Javier Lectora, Mark DesAngles, joined their United Airlines Teamsters brothers and sisters from across the country today in Chicago at the company's shareholder meeting to tell United to stop dragging its feet in negotiations.

"As employees and shareholders of this company, we have a long-term interest in the success of the airline and it's time for management to do the right thing and offer us a well-deserved, industry-leading contract," said John Laurin, a 29-year United Airlines maintenance technician and Teamsters SFO member.

Check out the media coverage here:

"United Airlines Employees Protest at Annual Meeting", Chicago Tribune "

United Airlines mechanics pound the war drums as they rally at UA shareholders confab" Chicago Business Journal


 
 


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June 8, 2015

May Business Agents' Report
Arbitration Update for UA Medical, Negotiation Update; Grievance Committee: Word of Caution; MSAP Update; National AMT Day; Teamsters EAP; United IBT Members Travel to Sacramento; Historical Persepctive: May; 
 
 


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May 8, 2015

April Business Agents' Report
Negotiation Update; Resource Utilization Arbitration Scheduled to Continue; Call to Action: Help Defeat Fast Track for TPP;  Historical Labor Perspective: April; Rumor Control: MSAP; Mother's Day is Upon Us;
 
 


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April  8, 2015

March Business Agents' Report
Negotiations Continue; Women's History Month; Solidarity; Solidarity Fund Raffle; From the New Business Agent
 
 


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February 12, 2015

Prescription Safety Eyeware Program Discontinued – Frequently Asked Questions

On December 22nd, 2014 United discontinued its company subsidy prescription safety eyewear program. The prescription (Rx) safety eyewear glasses were provided by 3M though various eye and vision care providers. The eyewear complied and met the ANSI Z87.1-2010 standard. The standard applies to the lens, frames and side shields. The Teamsters SFO Ground Safety Committee has received questions on how employees can verify if the Rx Safety eyewear they purchased or will purchase from provider (not 3M) are ANSI Z87 rated.

Click here to view FAQs for Prescription Safety Eyeware 




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February 11, 2015

January Business Agents' Report
Teamster Scholarships; Retirement Seminar; Negotiations Update; Local 986 Blood Drive; New Hire Process Begins;  Moment of Silence
 
 


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February 10, 2015

New Teamsters SFO Business Agent

To All UAL SFO Maintenance Base Members:

Please welcome Brother Mark Des Angles as he has accepted the position of Business Representative for our members at the San Francisco Maintenance Base for United Airlines.

Read more here.




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December 24, 2014


Prescription Safety Eyeglasses Halted by Company 
On Monday, December 22, the Teamsters SFO 856/986 Ground Safety Committee was notified by the SFO base Maintenance Safety Manager that United was discontinuing its "company subsidy program" for prescription safety eyeglasses, effective Tuesday, December 23, 2014. Read more.


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SFO Rally; Shop Steward Training; Meeting in Houston; Local 856 Annual Meeting; Solidarity Donations


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December 3, 2014

Strength in Solidarity

Last week, the Teamsters' Action Team showed up in force at SFO and LAX to bring attention to our stalled negotiations with United Airlines. Rank and file members, stewards, committee members, staff, representatives of the flight attendants' union and San Mateo Central Labor Council joined together for an informational picket on one of the season's busiest flying days.

Last Tuesday's action was so successful that we maxed out our permit at SFO with 50 continuous picketers. We also received live coverage on KGO Radio, KRON 4 T.V. and an in-depth report by the Labor Video Project.

Thank you to all those who came out to take up a picket sign and make our voices heard -- it was a job well done and proof that we are stronger together.

Don't get left out!
Our activism and visibility is building momentum for our campaign for a fair contract. Don't miss our next action! Sign up for Action Team e-mail alerts here.

Couldn't make last week's action? 
Check out photos from the event here! 

 



 


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Airport Commission Meeting; Negotiations Update; IAH Visits SFO; Medical Arbitration; Theft = Termination; Family Day; Craft & Class Meetings Canceled


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October 10, 2014


Ebola Guide for Airlines
Interim Guidance about Ebola Infection for Airline Crews, Cleaning Personnel, and Cargo Personnel


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Airport Commission Meeting; Shop Steward Seminars; Negotiations Update; 


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September 9, 2014


August Business Agents' Report

 
Negotiations; Emergency Preparedness; Chief Steward Elections; Update Your Contact Info; Termination; Labor Day


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August 25, 2014


Emergency Preparedness
 
With the recent earthquake and aftershocks in Napa and surrounding areas, many challenges and realities face the people who are affected by this event. After a disaster people often find they were unprepared. It is vital to prepare for emergencies, both natural and other types before they happen. We’ve seen many times on news reports that read more.


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Chicago IBT/UAL Meeting; Steward Training; Steward Seminar; Line Maintenance New Safety Rep; Steering Committee Meets in Denver; Insulin Monitoring System; Nominations for Grievance Committee; Flight Safety Position Filled


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Taylor Farms Rally; San Mateo County Fair; Jim Hoffa Was IN THE HOUSE; SFO Steering Committee Meet; Negotiations Committee Update; System Steering Committee to Meet; D.R.I.V.E.; SFO Meetings Continue; Joint Council 7 Turn Out 



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June 17, 2014

General President James P. Hoffa visits Teamsters SFO
 
General President James P. Hoffa stopped by the Maintenance Base last Friday to visit with members. 
 
 


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Workers' Memorial Day 2014   
April 28, 2016


Workers' Memorial Day 2016:
Mourn for the Dead, Fight for the Living  

Safe Jobs Save Lives

The Teamsters Union, and trade unionists around the world, recognize April 28 as Workers' Memorial Day - an international day of remembrance and action for workers killed, disabled, injured or made ill by their work.


Workers' Memorial Day is an opportunity to highlight the preventable nature of most workplace injuries and illnesses, and to promote the fight for improving health and safety at each and every workplace. The slogan for the day is "Speak Out for Safe Jobs."

Click here to learn more 




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SFO Base Transition; Shop Steward Training; Review Committee; Chief Steward Elections; Recall Investigation; Local 856/986 Scholarship; San Mateo Labor Council; Charles Taylor Day; Formal Shop Steward Training; Chicago Meetings; Baseball Tickets Raffled; Dues Issues; James Hoffa at Taylor Farms; Moment of Silence 



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Solidarity Fund Raffle; Arbitration Update; Negotiations Update; Base Transformation; Corporate Investigations; Check your Dues; D.R.I.V.E.; Steward Training; Joint Board of Adjustment Training; A&P Recall List; Safety Shoe Recall 



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May 6, 2014


Teamsters Aviation Mechanics' Coalition Newsletter
 
The TAMC newsletter, Teamster Aviation Professional (formally “TAMC Nuts & Bolts”), reaches mechanics around the world. This publication is distributed electronically and will keep you up to date on the issues that are important to you. In addition to updates from the Airline Division on what we are doing on Capitol Hill and throughout the industry, the newsletter features articles from our members that deal with topics from ASAP to outsourcing.

Click here to see the May 2014 issue of the TAMC newsletter
 
 




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April 4, 2014


Red Wing Shoe Recall
 
An issue in the steel toe cap could fail to protect the wearer’s feet in an impact. The footwear was sold between December 2012 and November 2013. There are 42 styles of Red Wing branded products that are covered under this notice. However, only certain sizes within each style are affected. Only those styles, sizes and widths with a manufacture date code between December 2012 and November 2013 are affected.

Click here to see list of affected styles.





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March 27, 2014


Teamsters SFO 856/986 Scholarship
 
Is your son, daughter or financially dependent grandchild going to or currently attending a university, community college or  in the Fall? Children & financially dependent grandchildren of Teamsters SFO 856/986 members are eligible.

Click here to view the flyer.
 


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  February Business Agents' Report
Base Transformation; Arbitration Dates Set; Badges at Work; GUL Refunds; Check your Dues; Check your Pay; Stay Informed
 



  January Business Agents' Report

T.R.O Letter from UAL; C.E.O. Exchange; Check Your Dues; Check Your Pay; More "Pay" Issues; Congratulations to Ralph Ortiz; Thanks to Mark Gabriel; A.O.A. New Process; A.O.A. Badge Testing; Arbitration Date Set; 
 


  The Red Wing Shoe Truck is coming!

The Red Wing Shoe Truck will be at Building 84 on February 12 and in the parking lot in front of SFOGQ on February 19 and 20th. Click the links below for more information.

Click here to view the Shoe Truck dates for MM/GQ/PV

Click here to view the Shoe Truck dates for Technical Operations



 



 

January 15, 2014

SPECIAL UPDATE -- Resource Utilization Letter

Brothers and Sisters,

Today the company confirmed an agreement on an arbitrator and date for the expedited arbitration regarding the resource utilization letter. The parties will present their cases on April 9, 2014. Please continue to gather information as requested by your stewards to be used as evidence in this case.

The parties continue to work on choosing arbitrators and scheduling the additional cases such as the medical benefits and the other previously reported scope issues.

Thank you for your patience as this process unfolds.

Fraternally,

Bob Fisher
Airline Division Representative



 

Check out this great video of our rally at Terminal 3 by the San Francisco Labor Video Project. 



Keep up to date on our fight for a fair contract.
Sign up to receive email updates here.



 

December 3, 2013

November 2013 Business Agents' Report

In Memory of Russell "Russ" Lewis, Mechanics Rally in SFO, November a Busy Month



 

November 27, 2013

SFO Teamsters,

Our Action Team mobilized a quick response to Terminal 3 in coordination with 10 other Local Unions across the system. Thanks to everyone who showed up to picket on Monday and to all of you who sacrificed and came in early and who will stay late to handbill today, despite the holiday week.  

Stay tuned for future actions and save December 18 in your calendar for the CEO exchange. Fair contract now. Whatever it takes. 

Click here to view the handbill

Missed the action? Check out photos and videos by clicking here 

 

 




 

IT'S TIME TO PROTEST AT TERMINAL 3

United has walked away from negotiations and filed for mediation.

We are handbilling the public on
Wednesday, November 27, 2013


Meet at Door 3 in Terminal 3 
(Upstairs departure area)

6 a.m. to 9 a.m.
            & 
1 p.m. to 3 p.m.


Click here to see the flyer 



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   November 25, 2013

UNITED AIRLINES MECHANICS CALL FOR PENSION REINSTATEMENT DURING INFORMATIONAL PICKETS AT AIRPORTS ACROSS THE U.S.

Teamsters Aviation Mechanics Speak with Traveling Public at 10 Airports

(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.

In 2005, UAL took away the pensions for 11,000 professional aviation mechanics, but promised when the company's financial situation improved they would get their retirement plans back. UAL has since rebounded and is reporting hundreds of millions in profits. The second quarter of 2013 saw UAL earn its highest revenue in history. After a year of stalling, UAL executives broke off contract negotiations without agreeing to the pensions they had promised, and declared that 3,500 mechanics will be forced to pay an additional $300-$500 each month for their health care.

"We weathered the storm with United Airlines when times were tough and now they want to leave us out in the cold," said John Lauren, 24-year UAL mechanic at San Francisco International Airport and member of Teamsters Local Union 856. "It is insulting that United Airlines is asking me to pay an extra $300-$500 each month for my health care when the company brought in record profits last year. What happened to us being in this together?"

Informational pickets were held at the following airports on Monday, Nov. 25th:

  • A.B. Won Pat International Airport Authority, Guam (GUM)

  • Honolulu International Airport (HNL)

  • Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)

  • San Francisco International Airport (SFO)

  • Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA)

  • Denver International Airport (DEN)

  • George Bush Intercontinental/Houston Airport (IAH)

  • Cleveland Hopkins International Airport (CLE)

  • Dulles International Airport (IAD)

  • Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR)

"We decided to hold informational pickets around the country because we think United's customers should know how the workers are being treated," said Clacy Griswold, Airline Division International Representative for the International Brotherhood of Teamsters. "These mechanics are keeping United customers safe every day and they simply want the pensions they were promised."

 

Click here to see more photos and video from today's informational pickets


   

 

November 14, 2013

UAL Mechanics Special Update: Resource Utilization Letter Terminated 

Yesterday the leadership of the IBT informed the company that the resource utilization letter has terminated. This was done at 2pm EST via conference which was held over the phone. The company leadership disagreed with the union's position and requested the matter be resolved using the expedited arbitration process. The parties are now in the process of scheduling this hearing. 

While the arbitration process unfolds members are advised to file grievances when assigned to tasks that violate the integration of maintenance operations. All members are advised to perform assigned tasks and grieve when the task is complete. Do not become a target for discipline by refusing an order to do this work. 

Copies of the letter requesting conference to terminate the letter and the company's response can be found here:

http://www.teamster.org/sites/teamster.org/files/Ltr_to_McKeen03110913.pdf

http://www.teamster.org/sites/teamster.org/files/companyresponserul.pdf


 


  November 6, 2013

October 2013 Business Agents' Report

Negotiations Resume; Hangar Plan Meeting; Health Insurance Grievance; More Negotiations; No November Class & Craft Meeting; Member's Passing 


  Health Insurance Class-Action Grievance 

Click here to read the class action grievance from Airline Division Director David Bourne regarding the Company's intent to unilaterally change health benefits. 
 


   

Notice of Scope Violation: APU Burn Team

As you know, the Company has established an "APU Burn Team" which is made up of Ramp employees who are represented by the Machinist Union. Ramp employees are being dispatched to aircraft at the gates that have not had the ground power and A/C supplies connected to the aircraft and still have the APU running. While it is the responsibility of the Ramp employees to connect the ground power to reduce United's "carbon footprint" by reducing the amount of time the APU's run, the Ramp employees have chosen to dismiss this very important step of marshalling in the aircraft. Ironically the company's answer is NOT to have these folks do their job, but rather to spend $$$ on buying new vehicles at each station and establishing a crew of employees to perform the work of the mechanic's class and craft. That is, to shut down the APU's on these aircraft.

Find out more here 

Report APU Burn Team Scope Violations Here


 

September 16, 2013

VEBA Information 

VEBA: A tax-exempt alternative for the reimbursement of health care costs

Variable Annuities: A retirement plan design with less contribution volatility

 



  August 8, 2013

James R. Hoffa Memorial Scholarship Fund
2013 Essay Contest

Children and dependent grandchildren of Teamster members have until Sept. 30 to enter the James R. Hoffa Memorial Scholarship Fund Essay Contest, which gives higher-education students the opportunity to win a one-time $1,000 award from the union.

This year, applicants are asked to share their thoughts on the following topic:“What would you say to someone who says the following? ‘Unions were important at one time, but we don’t need them anymore.’” Essays should be 500 words or less and type written. Those applying must also fill out an application. 

Click here for an application and to learn more  


  August 8, 2013

July Business Agents' Report
Washington D.C. meeting; Use your BAQ; Asiana gets help; SFO furloughs exhausted, Working together success, USS Hornet needs volunteers; Steering Committee meets; 

 


  June 26, 2013

May-June 2013 Business Agents' Report

Discipline at UAL; Restroom Vandalism; FAA Investigations; National AMT Day; Joe Schwirian Retires; Negotiations Update; BART Waives Airport Fees; Local 856 Gains New Principal Officer; Joe Lanthier Retires; Meetings with New M.D.'s of Maintenance Base; Loss of a Brother


  June 4, 2013

June Craft Meetings date change

The date of the June Craft Meetings has been changed to Thursday, June 20, 2013.

Craft meeting schedule.
 


  May 22, 2013

May Craft Meetings Canceled

The Craft Meetings scheduled for Thursday, May 30, 2013 have been canceled. The meetings will be rescheduled for a later date to be determined.  


  May 16, 2013

Mechanics' Dispatch – Single Carrier Status

Brothers and Sisters,

Yesterday, the NMB issued their ruling on the filing for Single Carrier Status between UAL, CAL and CMI.

The ruling may be read in it's entirety by clicking on the following link.

www.teamster.org/sites/teamster.org/files/NMB_UAL_CAL_CMI_ruling.pdf

In Solidarity,

Bob Fisher

 


  April 2013 Business Agents' Report

Negotiations Update; EAP joins negotiations TAMC newsletter, Workers' Memorial Day; Moment of Silence


  March 2013 Business Agents' Report

Retention of work; Bearing and Seal Shop; PW 2000 Engine Work; Negotiations Update; Workers' Memorial Day; Battle of the Bay Tickets; Moment of Silence

   

  Change in SDI filing procedure

It has been brought to our attention that on March 1, 2013 that the State of California EDD (Employment Development Department) has changed the forms and the process to file for Ca. SDI (California State Disability insurance). 

Click here for more information

Process to file State Disability 
   

 

February 2013 Business Agents' Report

Hoffa Scholarship; DRIVE Campaign; Retirement Seminar; FAA License renewal deadline; Negotiations Update; 



  Ground Safety Report Fall/Winter 2012/2013

ALJ Ruling; Prototype work platform for accessing pylon work; Red Wing shoe truck 2013 visit to the SFO Maintenance Base; Workers Memorial Day - April 28th; 3M prescription safety glass program; NIOSH recommends lower limits for chromium exposures; Updated/revised Chemical Resistant Glove Chart; Bird droppings; Ergonomics; Safety Training


  James R. Hoffa Memorial Scholarship deadline approaching

The James R. Hoffa Memorial Scholarship Fund awards scholarships annually to outstanding high school seniors. All applicants must comply with eligibility and application criteria.The deadline to apply is March 31, 2013. Click here for more information. 


   
 

January 2013 Business Agents' Report

FAA License Deadline; Negotiations Update; Retirement Seminars; Members vs. Members; Qualifications BAQs

 

 

November Business Agents' Report

National Elections; Thanks to our Volunteers; Local 856 Thanksgiving Meeting; Joint Board; Committee Meets in D.C. 




   


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