Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Mechanics Update November 1, 2017

Welcome to AFLAC

The Benefits Committee has been successful in obtaining voluntary ancillary benefits from AFLAC. These benefits are in addition to the benefits offered by United and have been made available by the contract language found in Article 16 J. The products that AFLAC will be offering are Whole Life, Critical Illness, Accident and Short-Term Disability. As a voluntary product you may choose any combination of the offered plans or none, the choice is yours.  
One of the many advantages of these AFLAC products is that they will be portable. That means that should you retire or decide to leave United Airlines at any time, you may take these products with you, with no change in benefits or cost for the rest of your life. 
AFLAC enrollment specialists have already started enrolling members in Hawaii, Guam, Cleveland and Denver and will be visiting stations across the system. Each Station will be given advanced notice of when the enrollment specialists will be attending your station, so stay tuned! Members will have the ability to learn about AFLAC's products and enroll with an AFLAC representative either by phone or in person at your respective stations. What's better is that the premiums will be paid through payroll deduction. 
You will have three weeks to sign up from the date visits start at your station to secure the guarantee issue, which comes with this initial sign up. After the enrollment period ends, members will have to wait until next year’s open enrollment period to participate. Guaranteed issue means “no medical questions will be asked.” We anticipate that enrolling our 10,000+ members will run through the first quarter of 2018, so please be patient. 
Attached is a description of the plans being offered. 


Your Benefits Committee:

Ken Meidnger International Representative
Vinny Graziano International Representative
Mike Moats CLE         James Johns DEN    John Pangelinan Guam
Moki Kim HNL            Bob Clever IAH            Dominic Fierro IAH
Audery Scates LAX    Gary Kagel MCO         Larry Calhoun NYA
Mike Pecararo ORD   Steve Loone SFO 

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Walk for "iPods for Wounded Veterans" Approaches 
As the date fast approaches for Airline Division Director David Bourne, Dr. Jim Kimball, Director of Economics and Research and others to leave for their trek, raising awareness and support our nations wounded veterans, many have asked how they can contribute. 
For those who have the ability to donate the gift of time spent volunteering, you will make a big impact on a wounded warrior's recovery. For more information on how you can participate or donate, contact Local 769 Business Agent David Renshaw at: .  
If you are unable to volunteer, and would like to contribute, you may also do so at: . 100% of the donations made to iPods for Wounded Veterans; an all-volunteer 501(c) (3) organization, go directly to the wounded veterans. 
Southwest Material Specialists Balloting Begins 
Electronic voting will commence via Ballot Point will begin this week. Ballots will be mailed on or about Wednesday, May 31, 2017. Each member will receive voting instructions and credentials required for voting via mail, along with paper copies of the tentative agreement’s highlights, the tentative agreement, and a copy of the seniority list. Voting will close on or about June 14th and ballots will be counted on June 21st.  
Management Gives Final Closeout Proposal to Expressjet/CRJ Mechanics 
The IBT and Atlanta Committee Negotiating members, Geoff Maloney and Chris Rogers have been negotiating with Company management since 2010. Despite years of attempts, management has refused to recognize the mechanics for the dedication and skill they bring to ensuring the safety of the Expressjet CRJ fleet. 
The Company has presented their final, closeout proposal on wages. Neither the International Brotherhood of Teamsters Airline Division, the Business Agents of Local 210 and Local 19, nor the rank-and-file committee members have recommended the proposal be ratified.  
As soon as opening and closing dates for voting have been confirmed, the membership will be notified.
Horizon LoA Ratified 
The voting period for the Horizon Air First Officer Wage Scales and New Hire Ratification Bonus Payments Letter of Agreement (LOA) closed May 23rd. With a total of 531 members and 468 members voting; 371 voted in favor, 97 against. 88.14% of the membership voted and the LoA was ratified with a 79.3% margin. 
AMT Day recognizes those who “Keep Them Flying” 
They are the faces seldom seen by the traveling public. Some work in heated hangars, others outside in the elements. Skinned knuckles, early deafness, working in cramped spaces not designed to work in; possessing a wealth of knowledge and skill, they are the men and women who are the backbone of the industry, the ones who “Keep Them Flying.” 
May 24th, Aviation Maintenance Technician Day recognizes the efforts of aviation maintenance professionals for the work they do making our skies safe. The day, named in honor of Charles Edward Taylorthe man who built the engine used to power the airplane of the Wright Brothers, celebrates the outstanding dedication and hard work of these professionals. The date May 24 was selected to honor the birth date of Taylor.   
We honor the men and women of the Airline Division of the Teamsters who are members of this hallowed profession. You truly do “Keep Them Flying,” and we are all better for your integrity and service.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Attendance Policy

Brothers and Sisters,

As most of you know, the Company is instituting a new attendance policy. It is being briefed that this policy will be implemented on March 15th. It was relayed to me that some supervisors across the system are briefing that the IBT has signed off or agreed to this policy. Let me be as clear as possible, that is outright lie. Just as in the working together guidelines, the Company makes policy. It is our policy to fight them all the way through the grievance process to arbitration, if necessary, on rules and policies that we believe are unfair and harmful to the membership. We will attack this new policy in the same fashion. To be clear, this is a United Airlines policy and was not agreed to in any fashion by the IBT.

In solidarity,
Bob Fisher
International Representative
Airline Division
International Brotherhood of Teamsters

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Mechanics' Dispatch from the Airline Division

The company put out the following information today regarding the implantation of the new JCBA. We will continue to work together with the company to make sure the Agreement is implemented as quickly as possible.

Implementation Website

A web portal is available for employees to find communications related to the contract implementation.  This web portal can be accessed by logging into:

Lump Sum Payment

Per LOA 28, eligible employees will receive a lump sum payment.  

Payment Date – US based: December 28, 2016 as a separate payment
                           Guam based: December 29, 2016 included in your regular paycheck

401(k) Election Tool – A web portal is available for you to select a percentage of your individual lump sum payment for deferral into your 401(k) account (for both US and Guam based). If no election is made, no 401(k) contributions will be deducted from your lump sum payment.  

              Election Window – December 5 through December 18, 2016 at 11:59 PM CST.

              Election Tool Location – The link providing your lump sum payment and for selecting your 401(k) contribution can be accessed by logging into:

Questions – All questions related to the lump sum payment should be directed to your IBT representative.

Pay Rate Increase 

All employees will receive a contractual pay increase with the same effective date which is December 11, 2016.  

To determine the check date that will include your pay increase, please refer to the attached letter or login to:

Health and Welfare Benefits

The new health and welfare benefit program will begin April 1, 2017, and communications related to your benefits will be mailed to your home address in late January to help you prepare for the special enrollment in February 2017.

Special Enrollment – February 2017

Benefit Program Start  April 1, 2017
Retirement Benefits

All retirement benefit changes will be effective January 1, 2017. For employees joining CARP, your benefit details will be reflected on Your Benefits Resources (YBR) at the beginning of April 2017.
Filling of Vacancies

Transition – Subsidiary specific filling of vacancies will temporarily cease until transition to eBid, the common bidding platform. 

eBid Training – eBid training materials will be available on the Tech Ops Landing page by logging into:

First Joint Vacancies Post – targeted for December 19, 2016

First Award of Vacancies – targeted for January 16, 2017

Combined Field Trip and Overtime Lists

In affected locations, information will be distributed mid-December – with a targeted merging of lists the first week of January 2017.

Combined Seniority Lists:

Per Article 4 of the Agreement, employees may submit a seniority challenge regarding their place on the newly integrated system seniority list.

Seniority Challenge Period – January 1, 2017 – May 1, 2017

Seniority Challenge Website – the Union’s challenge website will be located at: 

Challenge Timeline – Your seniority challenge will be reviewed by the Union and you will receive a responsewithin 60 days.

Early Out Program

An online application will be available on the Tech Ops web portal.

Application Opens  January 15, 2017 at 12 AM CST

Application Closes  February 28, 2017 at 11:59 PM CST

Further information including plan documents, eligibility and a Q&A summary will be provided prior to the online application becoming available. 


If you have any questions related to these or any changes related to the Agreement please go to:

If you had additional questions please contact your Supervisor, Shift Manager, Manager of Administration or

Monday, December 5, 2016

Ratification Vote

Membership Approves Contract
The votes were tallied this morning and the membership has approved the contract. Below are the vote results:
Yes Votes: 4190 (51.58%)
No Votes: 3933 (48.42%)
87.2% of eligible voters participated in the vote.

Friday, December 2, 2016

Ratification Vote Webinar and Call

December 2, 2016 Ratification Vote Webinar and Call A webinar and call will be available on Monday December 5th that will allow members to view or listen to the process of tallying the ballots live. Members can register to participate in the webinar or call at the below link. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar or call. You must click the link above, provide your name and email address. Once you register you will receive an email confirmation with specific information to logon for the tally.

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Update November 15, 2016

Ballot Packages Mailed 
Yesterday, November 14th, voting instructions were mailed to each member’s home address. These packages include a flash drive and will come in a regular sized envelope. If you do not receive your package, duplicate requests will start next week and continue through December 1st.
Ratification Meetings Conclude Thursday 
The ratification meetings will conclude on Thursday in Boston. Thank you to all the members that attended over the last 30 days. Also thank you to all the professionals that traveled to each location to explain their involvement and respective areas of expertise.
NMB Changes 
Several members have asked how the recent presidential election will affect potential further negotiations. The answer is unknown, but what is known is the Board will be changed. As a Republican was elected, the Board will now consist of two Republicans and one Democrat. How long it will take to confirm the as yet to be determined new Board members is unknown at this moment, but it is likely to take some time. 
Delta Pay Raises Announced 
Today Delta announced pay increases that would put their technicians $0.85 per hour ahead of the TA in April of 2017. Also announced is a 1% increase of mandatory contribution to the 401(k) for a total of 3%. There were no changes announced with regard to any of the other items that make the UA TA industry leading such as vacation, sick tine holidays or medical cost share. While this is certainly good news for the Delta Technicians, it is also good news for United Technicians in regards to the industry reset. This worked out almost to the penny as predicted by economist Dan Akins during the roadshows. 
Here is how the UA Technicians compare to Delta now;
Top of Scale All-in Rate
$48.51 (including VEBA)
     A&P License Premium
     Line Premium


Vacation Accrual
35 days max
25 days max.
10 (6 Fixed / 4 Floating)
10 (All Fixed)
Holiday Pay (worked)
Sick Accrual
12 days max.
7 days max.
Sick Pay
100% pay
100% pay


Medical and Dental Cost Share
80% / 20%
78 % / 22%
Retiree Medical
Retiree Bridge Medical until 2026
No Subsidy
Only access to Delta Plans
3% Match plus 1% Direct for               >30 years in CARP
3% Direct, 6% Match
Profit Sharing
5% up to 6.9% pre-tax margin
10% above 6.9% pre-tax margin
10% of pre-tax profit
20% on earnings above prior year


Furlough Protection
Furlough protection for all on the system seniority list at date of ratification
Base Protection
IAH and SFO Base point protection
Outsourcing Protection
Outsourcing protections


Industry Reset
Triggered if wage and benefits is not at least 2% higher than avg. of AA and DL
Lump Sum
$185 million Lump Sum Pool
Early Out
$5,000 per year of service to a maximum of $100,000

Early Out FAQs 
The company sent out a list of FAQs regarding the early out. Here is a copy and paste of the questions;
2017 Tech Ops Early Out Questions and Answers
Below are answers to questions we have received on the early out program that is part of the tentative agreement with the IBT, which is in the ratification process (ratification details can be found on the IBT website at

1.        How much is the Early Out benefit?

Eligible employees who are approved for the program will receive a one-time lump sum payment of $5,000 per year of active service up to a maximum of $100,000.

2.        Who is eligible for the Early Out?

a.        You must be actively employed during the application window and through your exit date in an IBT-represented position in United’s U.S. based operations (including Guam). The application window runs from January 15, 2017, through February 28, 2017.
a.        Have a minimum of 15 years of Company service as measured by your Company Seniority Date.
b.        Be at least 45 years of age.

3.        How many Early Out packages will be awarded?

There is no “cap” or maximum number of Early Out packages available.

4.        Will there be more than one application window?

No. However, the Company maintains the discretion to extend the application window.

5.        If I am eligible for retirement outside of the Early Out may I apply for the Early Out?

Yes. Employees who are currently eligible for retirement may apply.

6.       Why is the Early Out limited to age 45 and older?

The program is designed to comply with IRS rules regarding tax-advantaged retirement benefits.

7.         When will I be allowed to submit my request for the Early Out Program?

The application window will be open on January 15, 2017, and will close at 1700 CDT on February 28, 2017.

8.         How do I submit my election form?

You will apply via a link on the Tech Ops Portal website.

9.         May I rescind my application for Early Out?

Once you have submitted your application there is a 7 day period in which you may revoke your application. Revocations must be submitted in writing to your HR Partner. Once 7-days have passed the application is irrevocable.

10.      When will I receive Early Out incentive payment(s)?

Early Out incentive pay will be issued in a lump sum within 45-days of your Exit.

11.      I am not eligible for normal retirement, am I considered retired if awarded Early Out?

No.  You are considered separated.

12.      I understand the Company will determine my exit date, but will I be able tosubmit a preference?

Yes, employee preference of exit date will be considered and to the extent possible accommodated; however, the needs of the operation must be considered as a priority and may affect the exit dates.

13.      When will I know if I have been approved for the Early Out?

We estimate notification of Early Out awards to begin in March of 2017