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Teamster-Represented Mechanics Vote To Strike After Rejecting United Airlines' Final Offer That Featured A Two-Tiered Wage System

Published Wednesday, February 17, 2016
by Teamsters News

(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – Teamster-represented Mechanics voted overwhelmingly Tuesday (February 16th) to reject United Airlines' final offer and authorize a Strike, Union Officials announced. There are more than 9,000 Mechanics in the Teamsters/United Airlines Bargaining Unit and more than 93% of those Mechanics who voted cast ballots against the company's offer.

"The membership has spoken clearly,” Teamsters General President Jim Hoffa said.  “The final offer from United Airlines was ‘soundly rejected’ and the Membership has authorized a Strike because of the ‘substandard proposition.’  At a time when United Airlines is ‘incredibly profitable,’ it is clear that Mechanics ‘deserve a better offer’ from the company.  United is profitable ‘because’ of the ‘dedication, passion and professionalism’ of their Workers and the carrier ‘needs to reflect those characteristics’ in their negotiating position.  United needs to come back to the table and deliver an industry-leading contract for our hard-working Mechanics."

Captain David Bourne, who serves as Director of the Teamsters Airline Division, said: "The Membership ‘voted strongly against’ this ‘substandard’ agreement.  The idea of implementing B-Scale Wages for incoming Mechanics is ‘unacceptable.’  There’s ‘no need’ to place the financial burden for this agreement ‘on the backs’ of future Mechanics.  Executives at United Airlines are being compensated with million-dollar packages and Mechanics ‘deserve their fair share.’"

The Union Leadership of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters will petition the National Mediation Board (NMB) for a release to begin a Strike.

Founded in 1903, the International Brotherhood of Teamsters represents 1.4 million hard-working men and women throughout the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico.

 

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