It’s been a rough year for the aviation industry, but in spite of all of the setbacks we’ve endured, there has been some good news.
One positive development was the United Airlines (UA) Industry Reset, as set forth in Letter of Agreement (LOA) 29. The TWU-IAM Alliance at American was able to achieve a rich package of wages and benefits that was used in the model to determine the outcome for UA Teamster Mechanics. The model worked as designed and UA mechanics will be getting a 7.06 percent increase above the one percent basic hourly rate. The additional increase at the top of the scale is approximately $2.94/hour. During these difficult times it is certainly welcome news that this reset worked exactly as intended to make sure this group never falls behind the industry.
Another positive development was the LOA negotiated and ratified by the flight attendants at Republic Airways who are represented by Teamsters Local 135. The LOA secured the jobs of over 800 flight attendants who were slated to be furloughed at the beginning of October. This agreement is in effect until March 31, 2021 and protects the members until then whether or not there is additional relief from Congress.
Speaking of Congress, as you probably already know, negotiations on Capitol Hill for a second coronavirus stimulus bill remain at an impasse due to outstanding issues unrelated to our industry. The good news is that legislation aimed at protecting our economic security and that of our peers throughout the craft has broad bipartisan support. We are optimistic that our needs and concerns will be addressed if and when a final package is agreed upon by the House and Senate.
Continue to reach out to your shop stewards and business agents with any questions or concerns you have. We will continue to keep you abreast of any important updates on the horizon.
Capt. David Bourne
Director, Teamsters Airline Division