Alpha 1, Continental's contract is amendable on January 1, 2002, but negotiations should start well before that...
From the Teamsters website:
Our Fair Share:
Mechanics to Negotiate
Four Contracts This Year
This year will be an eventful one for more than 8,500 Teamster mechanics as contracts at Southwest, Continental, UPS and Continental Micronesia open for bargaining.
"The Teamsters have always produced industry-leading contracts for our mechanics," said Ray Benning, Director of the Airline Division. "We're in the process of surveying our membership and finding out what issues are most important to them before we go to the table."
Teamster mechanics enjoy the best wages and working conditions in the industry. As far as industry-leading contracts go, UPS, Southwest and Continental are ranked first, second and fourth, respectively.
Mechanics at Southwest and UPS have received contract proposal forms to collect their opinions on what needs to be changed, added or amended in their contracts. Continental workers will begin receiving their materials in March.
The UPS contract becomes amendable on July 31. Southwest's agreement is open for bargaining on August 16, while Continental's is slated to open on January 1, 2002.
Continental Micronesia, with members in Guam and Saipan, has already begun bargaining after polling its membership.
"The most important issue is wages, of course," said Jimmy Muraki, Pacific Rim Coordinator for Local Union 986 in El Monte, California. "They would like a cost-of-living allowance and more vacation and holiday time."
"Our members at UPS are an integral part of one of the wealthiest companies in the world," said Joe Darmento, President of Local Union 2727 in Louisville, Kentucky, who helped negotiate the last UPS mechanics contract. "Airline mechanics are a highly skilled group and demand to be compensated accordingly."
The last five years have been the most profitable in the history of commercial flight. Teamster mechanics, who overhaul and maintain the aircraft that the flying public trusts, are entitled to share in the record prosperity.
"We've got the best contract in the industry and we intend to keep steamrolling along at the next round of talks," said Brett Ellis, a UPS mechanic and Shop Steward at Local Union 2727. "Pay and pensions will be important issues as well as fine-tuning some work rules, but it's more about building on what we already have."
The preliminary goals for bargaining are:
Increasing wages and benefits;
Protecting members from subcontracting; and,
Amending language regarding mergers and acquisitions.
Lawyers for the Teamsters are currently preparing language to deal with the rapid consolidation and globalization of the airline industry.
"Our members are the ones who ensure the airlines are reliable, safe and on time," said Steve Greenwell, a Business Agent at Local Union 769 in Miami representing mechanics at Continental. "It's important at this round of negotiations that we improve wages and work rules and try to protect our members from buy-outs and mergers. Anytime you see as much consolidation as there is in our industry, you have to be concerned about layoffs and cutbacks."
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