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Airline Division News, Week Ending September 2, 2011
NMB Agrees with IBT, Denies UAL Request for Immediate Amalgamation Talks
The Airline Division was notified this week that the NMB has agreed with the merits in the filing by the Teamsters against proceeding with United's request to immediately moving into amalgamated talks between the United, Continental, and Continental Micronesia mechanic and related work groups.
The NMB originally made the decision at the end of June; however due to a clerical error at the NMB, the Airline Division didn't receive a copy of it until this week. Several requests had made by the Division over the summer for the NMB to issue a ruling and the NMB believed the requests had been answered.
While investigating why the Division hadn't received notice from the NMB in a timely manner it was determined that the NMB sent the notice to the wrong address. In a letter dated September 1, 2011, NMB Director Gibbons issued an apology to the Division for the error.
Copies of the letter and rulings may be found at: http://teamsterair.org/nmb-agrees-ib...gamation-talks
Airline Industry News
Regulatory and Governmental
Airplanes are become increasingly automated, leading some safety officials to raise concerns that pilots might be losing their in-flight instincts, which could be troublesome when faced with an issue…Several carriers have objected to the proposal by Delta Airlines and US Airways to swap takeoff and landing slots as part of Delta's plan to expand at New York's LaGuardia airport.
President Obama has said he doesn't want the congressional gridlock that forced the recent partial shutdown of the Federal Aviation Administration to be repeated when lawmakers return from recess…The U.S. is strengthening security at airports ahead of the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. The Department of Homeland Security is concerned about individuals acting alone, as well as about terrorist groups.
Labor and Industry
The union representing Air Canada's flight attendants says that nearly 90% voted against a tentative agreement with the carrier…Frontier Airlines flight attendants have approved a contract that runs through 2016 that will save the company an estimated $16 million over four years…Southwest Airlines sees the role of its Boeing 717's, of which it acquired 88 through its takeover of AirTran, diminishing as the markets the planes serve become less viable…One physicist says he has a way for airlines to speed aircraft boarding.