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    Default Teamsters Condemn ExpressJet/ASA for Demanding Wage Increases Well Below Industry Sta

    (WASHINGTON) – Federally mediated negotiations between more than 360 mechanics represented by the International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT) and ExpressJet subsidiary Atlantic Southeast Airlines (ASA) ended on Thursday, March 30. The carrier told the union that it had provided all of the wage increases it was able to, and that further bargaining on economics would be fruitless.

    Under the Teamsters Constitution, such a “last, best and final” offer must be voted upon by the membership. The IBT is planning to ask its membership to vote on the carrier’s proposed contract in the coming weeks, with a final result likely to be announced in May.

    The Teamsters first won the right to represent the mechanics at ASA in October 2010, when it was a stand-alone regional carrier. It was purchased by SkyWest and merged with ExpressJet shortly thereafter. Bargaining on a first contract commenced shortly after the mechanics’ vote, but has failed to produce a contract after more than six years of negotiations, several of those years with the help of a federal mediator with the National Mediation Board.
    https://teamster.org/news/2017/03/te...ustry-standard

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    Default Re: Teamsters Condemn ExpressJet/ASA for Demanding Wage Increases Well Below Industry

    Well I guess the company managed to drag this out till a change in the administration with an anti-Labor Secretary, anti-labor congress, a soon-to-be anti-labor Supreme Court, and President that only cares about the $12 billion net worth of his Cabinet.

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    Default Re: Teamsters Condemn ExpressJet/ASA for Demanding Wage Increases Well Below Industry

    Teamsters Ratify Agreement With ExpressJet

    (WASHINGTON) — Workers at ExpressJet ERJ who are represented by the International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT) voted to ratify a new tentative agreement today. The new contract covers approximately 500 mechanics, technicians and tool room attendants who are members of Teamster Locals 19, 210, 781, 783 and 964.

    The IBT negotiating team was comprised of Teamsters Airline Division representatives, representatives from each of the locals and rank and file committee members. It contains significant improvements in wages while maintaining current benefit levels.

    The tentative agreement was reached on December 15, 2017, and the membership began voting on the agreement on January 4. The agreement will become amendable one year from today.
    https://teamster.org/news/2018/01/te...ent-expressjet

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    Default Re: Teamsters Condemn ExpressJet/ASA for Demanding Wage Increases Well Below Industry

    ExpressJet Negotiations Break Down Early as Teamsters File for Mediation with the NMB
    (WASHINGTON) – ExpressJet Airlines, a carrier in which United Airlines holds a 49 percent stake, sent a clear message to its aircraft mechanics this week by passing a regressive compensation proposal early in the negotiations process. In response the Teamsters Airline Division has asked the National Mediation Board (NMB), the federal agency that oversees airline labor relations, for mediation assistance.

    “Bargaining requires that the union and company try to move closer together, not further apart” said Capt. David Bourne, Director of the Teamsters Airline Division.

    The company’s offer came during negotiations that were held on June 25 and 26 in Atlanta. At the end of the first day the company presented a regressive offer that proposed less total compensation for ExpressJet mechanics than the previous offer, convincing Teamster negotiators that the parties needed government mediation assistance to reach an agreement.

    “ExpressJet mechanics are paid about half of what United Airlines mechanics make even though they all pass the FAA’s difficult licensing requirements; this is because ExpressJet is considered a ‘regional’ airline in the United Airlines system,” said Bourne. “ExpressJet mechanics are not asking for the same wages as United Airlines mechanics, but they expect to be paid for their skill and experience in a market where there is increased demand and fewer licensed mechanics entering the field.”

    The mechanics agreed to pay cuts in 2008 to avoid ExpressJet declaring bankruptcy. After bargaining for almost ten years with its mechanics over restoring their wages, in 2017 ExpressJet agreed in a one-year contract to bring back pay to 2008 levels. Contract talks opened again in 2019.
    https://teamster.org/news/2019/06/ex...-mediation-nmb

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    Default Re: Teamsters Condemn ExpressJet/ASA for Demanding Wage Increases Well Below Industry

    ExpressJet Mechanics Wrap Up Nationwide Week of Action
    (WASHINGTON) – Mechanics at ExpressJet, a regional carrier for United Airlines, recently wrapped up a week of informational picketing at the company’s locations in Cleveland; Houston; Newark, New Jersey; Chicago and Alcoa, Tennessee. The picket was geared towards informing the flying public of ongoing negotiations with the company.

    “ExpressJet customers have a right to know that the company is likely going to have issues as a result of its irrational behavior at the bargaining table,” said Capt. David Bourne, Director of the Teamsters Airline Division. “ExpressJet’s refusal to pay their mechanics the wages and benefits they deserve is causing more and more of them to quit every single day, often to take higher-paying jobs at other commercial airlines.”

    Mechanics at ExpressJet, a company in which United Airlines owns a 49 percent stake, agreed to pay cuts in 2008 to help prevent the company from filing for bankruptcy. The company restored wages to their 2008 levels in 2017, but the workers haven’t had a real pay raise in over a decade. After the company proposed a regressive offer in June, the Teamsters asked the National Mediation Board (NMB) to intervene. All of this is happening at a time when there is an industry-wide shortage of aviation mechanics that is only getting worse.
    https://teamster.org/news/2019/12/ex...de-week-action

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    Default Re: Teamsters Condemn ExpressJet/ASA for Demanding Wage Increases Well Below Industry

    Teamsters File Lawsuit Against ExpressJet Airlines
    (ATLANTA) – Yesterday the International Brotherhood of Teamsters filed a lawsuit against ExpressJet Airlines, a United Express carrier, in a federal district court in Atlanta. The lawsuit alleges that the company triggered a “major dispute” under the Railway Labor Act (RLA), the law governing airline and railroad labor relations, when it unilaterally offered a bonus program to attract new airframe and powerplant (A&P) mechanics while it was negotiating with the union over fair pay rates for those workers.

    The lawsuit also alleges that the company violated the RLA by offering recruitment bonuses to mechanics without bargaining with the union about those changes. The union requested that the court prohibit the company from making these unilateral changes until pay rates and bonuses could be bargained with the Teamsters, who represent ExpressJet’s 500 mechanics and related workers.

    “It may seem odd that a union is filing a lawsuit over bonuses; however, the company is refusing to pay all of its mechanics more, even though there is a mechanic shortage and our members are leaving for better paying jobs at other unionized airlines,” said Capt. David Bourne, Director of the Teamsters Airline Division. “The solution to that is to negotiate fair compensation that rewards all of the mechanics for their skill and hard work, not to bypass negotiations and target only new recruits while more senior workers are forced to either leave the company or bargain endlessly for fair pay. The RLA requires ExpressJet to bargain with its mechanics about fair wages and that’s what this lawsuit is intended to make the company do.”
    https://teamster.org/news/2020/01/te...ssjet-airlines

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    Default Re: Teamsters Condemn ExpressJet/ASA for Demanding Wage Increases Well Below Industry

    This is a letter from Teamsters to ExpressJet employees. Not good news and everything to do with the covid situation. You will have to open link to read as my computer destroyed this pdf file when I tried to copy and paste.

    https://teamsterair.org/sites/defaul...xjt_letter.pdf

 

 

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