Airline Division representatives along with members from locals and the Organizing department held a series of informational meetings for the American Airlines and USAirways mechanics and related work groups in MIA, DFW, ORD, LAX and TUL over the past two weeks.
On Thursday, June 6th, Airline Division Director David Bourne, Airline Division representatives and counsel met at IBT Headquarters in Washington, D.C. with officials of Air Canada to attempt to jump start the stalled negotiations, which had ended on a negative note in April 2013.
Capping off a grass roots campaign by mechanics; tired of poor representation by their current union, this past week the International Brotherhood of Teamsters filed with the NMB for a representation election at American Airlines.
“Today is a special day in our nation. It is the day that we are all asked to stop and reflect on the service and sacrifices of our fellow citizens who have answered the call of service and put on the uniform of our nation to protect the rights and freedoms we all hold so dear.
Writing in part that, “The Board finds that United and Continental (including CMI) are operating as a single transportation system for representation purposes under the RLA. Accordingly, IBT’s application in File No. CR-7081 is converted to NMB Case No. R-736;” on May 15th, NMB General Counsel Mary Johnson ruled in favor of the petition filed by the International Brotherhood of Teamsters on behalf of Airline Division members at the carriers.