Shop stewards who represent aircraft mechanics at United Airlines (UA) wrapped up a two-day training last week at IBT headquarters in Washington, D.C.
“I’d like to thank everyone who made time to come out to our training last week,” said Capt. David Bourne, Teamsters Airline Division Director. “Whether you have been a Teamster in the aviation industry for three years or 30 years, there’s always something new to learn.”
The training covered a wide variety of topics and was geared towards equipping UA stewards with the tools that they need to give their membership the best possible representation. IBT Attorneys Deirdre Hamilton and Nick Manicone provided attendees with an overview of the Railway Labor Act (RLA). Hamilton and Manicone also lead a session on what stewards need to know for arbitrating grievances and other matters under the RLA. The steward were also provided with a presentation by Richard Edelman, an attorney from the union-side law firm Mooney, Green, Saindon, Murphy & Welch, P.C. Edelman covered the history of the RLA and other pertinent labor laws.
In addition to these presentations, the stewards went through a detailed training on how to make the best possible case to the System Board of Adjustment (SBA) that was led by Iliana Flores, Southern Region Training Coordinator; Vinny Graziano, IBT Airline Division National Coordinator for Technicians and Related Classifications; and Deirdre Hamilton. They also learned how to use a new software system that will make the process of arbitrating grievances more seamless and efficient.
“This week gave us excellent opportunities to share best practices with one another and learn new skills that we can use to advocate on behalf of mechanics at United Airlines,” said Chris Moore, TAMC Chairman. “The more knowledge we have, the better representatives we can be, and the workers we represent will be happier and better off because of it.”
Thanks so much to everyone at United Airlines and the IBT Airline Divison who came out to our training!