Division Director Meets with Centurion/Sky Lease, Atlas Air
Airline Division Director David Bourne travelled to Florida this week for meetings with the management of Centurion and SkyLease Air Cargo. Discussions were wide ranging and covered topics of mutual interest regarding the carriers operations.
He also met with members of Atlas Air Worldwide (Local 1224 and Local 210) as well as members of Atlas Air Flight Operations management at the carriers Miami base Christmas Party. While there, he also had the opportunity to meet with several members of Atlas’ latest class of new hire pilots and welcomed them to the Teamsters and Local 1224.
Additional meetings with Centurion/SkyLease are scheduled for later this month.
Local 1224 Phone System Upgrades in Progress
All members of Local 1224 are reminded that as a result of the phone system upgrade, the new system is not yet recognizing local area code dialed numbers. If members need to reach APA 1224 via phone, they should use the 800-294-1224 toll free number which is on the new system. Some extensions have changed during the transition, so it is imperative to listen to the prompts to get to the proper person or office.
ExpressJet Negotiations Update
Negotiations resumed on January 9, 2013 in Houston with a still unresolved contract as management continues to try and make changes to work rules saying they are needed to be competitive in the regional industry.
This past week saw the company pass written proposals on Holidays; seeking to reduce both the number of holidays and personal days, areas that were previously negotiated. Negotiations that took place on both Holidays and Overtime this past week dealt with the administration of, but not the economic aspect of Overtime, a matter which the company wishes to defer to the entire economic package at a later date.
The union negotiators made it clear to management that they hold a different perspective than management and we would be seeking gains and improvements both in wages and other aspect of the agreement.
UAL Negotiating Update
Negotiations for the UAL/CAL / CMI joint collective bargaining agreement began with formal meetings the week of January 7th. These meetings started off with a day and a half of training by the National Mediation Board on the process of FPS, or expedited facilitated problem solving.
The purpose of these exercises was to get negotiators familiar with facilitated problem solving. Both the company and the union attended the course instruction lead by senior mediator Pat Sims, who was assisted by mediator Michael Kelliher. The training sessions were well received by both parties.
The first step towards beginning the process is for the parties to come to an agreement of guidelines. A Protocol Agreement was completed by the parties just prior to the start of negotiations. Under the agreement, the parties agreed that the talks will be divided into two phases. The first phase is the reconciliation phase and will be the process of taking the differences in the contract books for the three companies and amalgamating them in to one.
To accomplish this phase, small groups of negotiators and Business agents are tasked with certain articles. These small groups then will meet with similar company groups and the two parties will proceed. In cases where the language can be taken “as is,” agreements can be made immediately. The points that are not immediately agreed to will be resolved using the process taught through the training sessions with the goal of resolving the differences.
In phase two of the negotiations the parties will discuss new work rules as well as the entire economic package.
Agreements in principle of non economic issues were reached this week on Definitions, Holidays, Vacations, Grievance Procedure, Arbitration, General and Miscellaneous, Apprentice Mechanics and Transportation.
Negotiations are scheduled to resume next week in Chicago followed by the week of the January 21st, with the week of the 28th being used for internal committee work. For the entire month of February the parties are scheduled to meet every week in Chicago.
Airline Industry News
Governmental and Regulatory
The Federal Aviation Administration plans to launch a review of the Dreamliner 787's electrical system.
According to a Department of Transportation report, airlines reported a reported an 85.7% on time rate in November, up from 85.3% a year before.
Delta Air Lines is seeking permission from the Federal Aviation Administration to allow its pilots to monitor turbulence with iPads. The iPads would use the Wi-Fi connection on Boeing 737s to access a Web-based tool only during noncritical phases of flight.
Airlines and Labor
Boeing said it has finished the first 777 built at a ramped-up production rate of 100 planes per year, or 8.3 planes per month. The aircraft was constructed at the Boeing factory in Everett, Wash.
Bondholders at American Airlines, who hold more than $2 billion in debt, will consider whether the carrier should merge with US Airways, sources say.
John Goglia, a former National Transportation Safety Board member, said the Boeing 787 Dreamliner is facing the usual "teething problems" common to new aircraft. "We are flying more airplanes that have been engineered to be safer," he said.
AMR Corp., the parent company of American Airlines, says shareholders could receive some value after the company emerges from bankruptcy.
Online shopping boosted air cargo in November.
Engine manufacturers will be at full speed for 2013, which promises to be a busy year for the commercial engine market. CFM and Pratt & Whitney are developing engines for the narrow-body market, while Rolls-Royce and GE are developing engines for the wide-body market.