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Monday, January 30, 2012

Local 210 JCBA notice

January 30th 2012

As you know, pursuant to the Railway Labor Act, mechanic and related at both s-CAL and s-UAL are working under two separate Collective Bargaining Agreements and will continue to do so until such time an amalgamated Joint Collective Bargaining Agreement (JCBA) is reached between the Union and the Company.

In early February, Principal Officers and Business Agents from the pertinent Locals will be meeting to discuss ideas, strategies and the structure/size of the System Steering Committee (committee whose primary purpose is to bring proposals forward for the JCBA), Negotiating Committee and Seniority Integration Committee.

In an effort to get a head start on collecting the local membership's ideas/proposals for the upcoming JCBA negotiations, your local representatives have put together the following UAL amalgamated contract proposal form.

Please take some time to share your ideas for contract language changes on these forms. After completing the form, please turn it in to a Steward and/or Local Representative or Fax to the EWR Union office at 973-681-2752.

Future updates will follow the February meetings. Please continue to remain informed by reading the "Teamsters Airline Division Week in Review" and "The Mechanics Dispatch". Both may be viewed on our local BLOG at: or

Should anyone wish to get in the local email database to join the hundreds who currently receive the updates directly, please contact the EWR Union office at 973-681-2750.

Thank you and if you have any questions feel free to call.

Saturday, January 28, 2012

January 25, 2012

Negotiations Continue at Continental Micronesia

Negotiators were at the table from Monday through Wednesday last week with significant progress reported towards achieving the goals that would provide the membership with an acceptable agreement.

The meetings concluded with the parties focused on the intent of concluding negotiations for the sub Continental Micronesia mechanics agreement. The parties discussed the remaining open economic items including; health care, retirement, wages and job protection provisions.

The Negotiating Committee remains determined to put the CMI membership in a position of equity with the agreements previously reached with both the sub Continental and sub United mechanics. Future negotiation dates are yet to be determined, but the parties are committed to completing this process in the most expeditious manner possible.

UAL CAL Safety Representatives Discuss Future

The Teamsters Flight Safety Committee is dictated to the continued protection of the aircraft mechanics and the flying public through and aggressive safety program.

Sub-UAL Flight Safety Committee Chairman John Fischbach hosted a conference call on Thursday January 19th for the Union Flight Safety Committee members from United and Continental. A vibrant conversation ensued around Sub-UAL CBA LOA 21and what the safety structure of the combined Airline might look like. Also discussed was the company’s SMS program which include LOSA and MSAP/ASAP.

The Safety Representatives attending all agreed that the call was productive and a good start. The group is also is going to continue meeting via regular conference calls and is looking at ways to facilitate face to face meetings as they develop a safety culture for the combined work group.

Participating in the call were: Mike Elberhart CAL (MCO), P.T. Thomas UAL (Local FSC Chair-ORD), John Gensinger (Local FSC Chair-JFK), Vic Austin UAL (Local FSC Chair-DEN), Robert Gubran LAX (Local FSC Chair-LAX), Chris Moore IBT-AD Safety Coordinator (CAL), Rich Petrovsky (Business Agent- Local 986-UAL), Bill Grader UAL (Local FSC Chair-PDX), Jock Creech UAL (Local FSC Chair-SEA) and John Fischbach, IBT (System and SFO FSC Chair)

EAP Committee Meets with Airline Division

On January 24th members of the national sub UA EAP committee met with representatives of the Airline Division to discuss strategy moving forward to protect this program for the membership. This program provides a valuable service to the membership as an avenue to seek help for a multitude of problems the membership faces in their everyday lives, from help with various addictions to family issues and everything in between.

In attendance were EAP Reps Caleb Good, Mike Brooks, Steve Loone, and Joe Schwirian as well as Division Director David Bourne, Deputy Director Steve Nagrotsky and International Representative Bob Fisher.

Furloughed Members Urged to Keep In Touch

Members on furlough are advised to keep their addresses current with the company while on layoff. It is predicted that there will be many movements this year and there have been several members that have been removed from the seniority list because old addresses were on file when notices were sent.

Updates may be emailed to:

Useful Links

Several members, including those on furlough status, have requested links to Local websites be added to this section. The following Locals represent these respective cities:

Airline Mechanics Forum Airline Mechanics forum

Boston Local 25

New York & Washington Local 210

Charleston & Atlanta Local 528

Miami & Orlando Local 769

Cleveland Local 964

Chicago Local 781

Houston, Dallas & New Orleans Local 19Link

Phoenix Local 104

Seattle, Portland, Los Angeles,

Hawaii & Guam Local 856/986

Denver Local 455

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Mechanics Dispatch1-10-12

Moving Forward...What Comes Next?

Since the sub UA membership accepted the terms of their agreement on December 29th, steps are underway to begin the work of amalgamating the agreements into a joint collective bargaining agreement.

1. To complete the process of individual agreements for all three subsidiaries, the parties are meeting the week of January 16th to complete the Continental Micronesia agreement. The goal is to finish this agreement during this session.

2. The Principal Officers and Business Agents of all the pertinent Locals are slated to meet in early February to discuss the integration process. At this meeting items will be discussed regarding the make-up of the Steering, Negotiating and Seniority Integration committees.

3. Information requests will be (in some cases already have been) made of the company for pertinent information associated with seniority lists as well as medical and pension plan data to be made available to the various committees.

As the process unfolds the membership will be updated through the Airline Division’s “Week in Review,""The Mechanics Dispatch ," various Local and International websites, bulletin boards in the workplace, and email blasts to those members that have signed up to receive them. If you haven’t signed up to receive email notifications you may do so using the hot link at the bottom of this email. Once talks begin for the joint agreement and haven’t seen your concern addressed through the above communications please contact your Chief Stewards or Business Agents. There are weekly calls with these Representatives to ensure they have the most accurate and up to date information.

Sub UA Transition Items

Work continues to complete the transition into the new agreement. The big item this week is holiday pay for January 1st. The time and a half premium along with pay rates were Day One items and members should be paid according to the new rates in the ratified agreement. A problem arose when payroll interpreted the transition documents incorrectly and then allowed the program to pay straight time as the premium as opposed to time and one half. Members affected by this will most likely see an adjustment in the next check following the holiday check if the correction can’t be

made in time.

401(k) Contributions

It was reported in the last update that members are limited to 30% of their signing bonus going to the 401(k). There is a way through supplemental deductions to increase the amount. Members are advised to call Fidelity directly at 1-800-245-9034. When talking to the Fidelity adviser for calculating the additional contributions, be aware that the signing bonus will be paid the same day as the regular pay check on 1/26 and both checks will be subject to the same supplemental deductions.

Benefits Committee Meets

The sub CO benefits committee met in Florida last week. Members from sub UA attended the meeting to listen in and learn from the process. A full report of the committee is not available as of the writing of this article but will be ready for next week’s Dispatch.

Continuing Compliance Issues

Members are advised to be aware of the constantly changing paperwork. Ensure you have the most current paperwork to avoid problems with the FAA. If you do find that the wrong paperwork was used please fill out the MSAP/ASAP and NASA forms. Please also immediately contact your Local flight safety representative to guide you through the process. Members will be helped through the process and if the issue is raised to the point of receiving a letter from the FAA the license protection program is in place for further protection.

Sub UA Physicians Choice Forms

Article 14, paragraph H of the new agreement retains the language of the old agreement for physician’s choice for work related injuries. If the member has their personal physician on file prior to injury they may select to use them instead of the state panel doctors for occupational injuries. As it is the New Year this is a good time to ensure your file is up to date.

Future Dispatch Columns

A couple of items of general interest to the membership have been brought forward. In future editions look for legislative updates, retiree issues and items for members on furlough.

If you know a retiree that would like to share his/her experiences, please pass them on. The idea is to give insight to those considering retirement while also keeping in touch with those that have retired.

For Legislative updates, this column will focus on lobbying efforts as they pertain to the membership from the International. If you are involved in a local issue or have met with a member of Congress, Governor or State House member and would like to see

your visit included please contact your Business Agent or Chief Steward so they can forward your update.

Members on furlough have been getting erroneous information from various web sites about their recall rights as well as how the process for return works. This column will focus on providing accurate information to those on furlough as well as including them in information surrounding the merger

Useful Links

Airline Mechanics forum

Sunday, January 1, 2012


Happy New Year everyone!