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    Default Teamsters seek to represent Newark Continental Airlines ramp workers



    February 08, 2010, 6:18AM

    Teamsters seek to represent Newark Continental Airlines ramp workers

    NEWARK -- About 2,500 Continental Airlines ramp workers will find out today if they will be represented by the Teamsters, according to a report on NorthJersey.com.

    The report said the workers have been voting since Jan. 4 on the union bid to represent the workers and the results are expected to be announced this afternoon. Two years ago the ramp workers voted down a plan for representation by the Transport Workers Union.

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    Default Re: Teamsters seek to represent Newark Continental Airlines ramp workers

    According to the CAL ramp website the count continues to be postponed because of the weather in DC. I hope these guys pull it off. There have been several organizing attempts in recent years and they get close each time, but have never reached the 50% plus one election participation threshold under the RLA.

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    Default Re: Teamsters seek to represent Newark Continental Airlines ramp workers

    Wasn't Continental, at one time, a union carrier? I seem to remember something about them busting the unions years ago.

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    Default Re: Teamsters seek to represent Newark Continental Airlines ramp workers

    I know the mechanics were represented by the IAM until after the 1984 strike. I don't remember if the ramp workers ever unionized.

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    Default Re: Teamsters seek to represent Newark Continental Airlines ramp workers

    Quote Originally Posted by 2631 View Post
    Wasn't Continental, at one time, a union carrier? I seem to remember something about them busting the unions years ago.
    Good memory 2631.

    Acquisition by Texas Air Corporation (1981-1982)

    Frank Lorenzo, Continental CEO, 1981-1990In 1981 Texas Air Corporation, an airline holding company controlled by U.S. aviation entrepreneur and raider Frank Lorenzo, acquired Continental after a contentious battle with Continental's management who were determined to resist Lorenzo. Continental's labor unions also fiercely resisted, fearing what they termed as, "Lorenzo's deregulation tactics," which meant that he wanted to make Continental a non-union airline. During this struggle, Continental Airlines President, A. L. Feldman, committed suicide, on August 9, 1981, in his office.[13]

    In the end, Texas Air Corp. prevailed. Frank Lorenzo became Continental's new Chairman and CEO. On October 31, 1982 Continental merged with Texas International (the merged carrier retained the Continental name, brand, and identity; the TI brand and identity disappeared), offering service to four continents (North and South America, Asia and Australia) with a fleet of 112 aircraft. The "new Continental" relocated its headquarters to Texas Air's base in Houston, Texas. The merger resulted in a large expansion of Continental's hub at Houston Intercontinental Airport and extensive new routes to Mexico and the south central U.S.[9][14]

    Airline unions fought Lorenzo and Continental at every step. In the Federal courts, they unsuccessfully sued to stop the company's reorganization. They were successful in working to persuade Congress to pass a new bankruptcy law preventing bankrupt companies from terminating contracts as Continental had successfully done. The law was too late to affect Continental and the cost cutting and changes that had rescued it from liquidation.[14][15]

    First bankruptcy & labor relations (1983-1984)

    Frank Lorenzo took Continental into Chapter 11 bankruptcy on September 23, 1983, after unsuccessfully attempting to negotiate a lower pay rate with labor unions. Rebuilding the company began immediately. Following bankruptcy, Continental was freed of its contractual obligations and imposed a series of new labor agreement on its union workers, sharply reducing the airline's labor costs at the cost of employee morale.[16] This move made Continental vastly more competitive with the new airline startups then emerging and thriving in the southwestern U.S., but had notable negative impact on employee attitudes and loyalty. In financial terms, the airline's decision to take bankruptcy worked—by the end of 1984, Continental recorded a $50 million profit. On June 30, 1986, Continental emerged from the Chapter 11 bankruptcy.[14][15] Continental has the distinction of being the first U.S. airline to fly through bankruptcy.[14][15
    Continental Airlines - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    Another fine example of Government DEREGULATION and the decline of labor unions in the United States!
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    Thumbs up Teamsters Win Bid to Represent Continental Workers






    February 12, 2010

    Teamsters Win Bid to Represent Continental Workers

    After union setbacks, Teamsters win bid to represent Continental Airlines ground workers

    By DAVID KOENIG

    AP Airlines Writer


    The Teamsters won an election to represent Continental Airlines ground workers who had rejected bids by other unions in recent years.

    The Teamsters said Friday that about 4,100 workers out of 7,600 voted to join the union.

    The airline industry is among the most heavily unionized in the U.S. private sector. The Continental fleet service employees were among the largest groups of nonunion workers in the industry, according to labor officials.

    "This is a big victory," Teamsters President James Hoffa said in an interview. "It proves there are people to organize out there."

    Hoffa said the union won by generating excitement with big rallies at Continental's hubs in Houston, Newark, N.J., and Cleveland, and by reaching into the airline's smaller bases where previous organizing campaigns had failed.

    The Teamsters will represent a group that includes baggage handlers and cargo agents in bargaining with Continental over wages and other contract terms. The union already represents mechanics at the nation's fourth-largest airline.

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    Welcome to our new brothers and sisters at Continental.

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    Default Re: Teamsters seek to represent Newark Continental Airlines ramp workers

    The unions faced uphill fights because under federal labor law, workers who don't vote are counted as if they voted against union representation. Union officials say 10 to 15 percent of workers normally don't vote.
    Could someone please explain why someone would not vote in an election that directly affects them?

    Irregardless of the outcome of the vote shouldn't you at least take the time to vote?

    Guess I'm missing something!

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    Default Re: Teamsters seek to represent Newark Continental Airlines ramp workers

    Quote Originally Posted by mudflap560 View Post
    Could someone please explain why someone would not vote in an election that directly affects them?

    Irregardless of the outcome of the vote shouldn't you at least take the time to vote?

    Guess I'm missing something!
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    Default Re: Teamsters seek to represent Newark Continental Airlines ramp workers

    Just because a worker does not vote, that does not mean that he or she does not want a union – it just means the worker did not vote.
    Thanks Nik, but this is exactly my point.

    Even if you are against whatever you are voting for, why in the world would some choose not to vote. Must be they can say later that I didn't vote so it's everyone elses fault. Then they can cry and whine and be able to justify it in their own mind!

    I have never understood why some choose not to vote, as there are many in the world who have died for that right!

 

 

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