AmeriJet Negotiations Update

Posted August 4, 2015 By Local 769

AmerijetNegotiations: On Tuesday, July 21, 2015 your negotiating committee, along with Steve Nagrotsky, the I.B.T. Airline Division Deputy Director, met today with Amerijet at Amerijet headquarters in Ft. Lauderdale, FL.  Please read below for an update in regards to or current status:

Amerijet has provided Teamsters Local 769 with a counter proposal, in which Amerijet labeled their counter as a “Last and Best Final”.  Based off of their counter labeled as a “Last and Best Final” that has forced Teamsters Local 769, under the direction of International Brotherhood of Teamster Airline division to proceed to the next step and that is to file for mediation with the National Mediation Board. Currently, I.B.T. is assisting the Local to process the necessary documents to begin the process.  Below are some bullet points in regards to the process and steps.

  • Union files paperwork for Mediation with National Mediation Board (NMB)
  • NMB assigns a Mediator (government agent) to oversee the mediation process
  • Mediator sets location of meetings, dates of meetings and length of negotiation sessions
  • Mediator cannot force either side to agree to anything
  • Mediator tasked with facilitating both sides to come to an agreement on open items
  • Once all items are agreed to, end result voted on by membership
  • If there are still open items, Mediator decides when there is NO more movement from the parties
  • Once Mediator decides there is no more movement, the Mediator takes our case to the National Mediation Board members for review and request for release of the parties
  • There is a mandatory 30 day “cooling off” period
  • If we get a release from the Board, we can seek self help

Your negotiating committee, along with Captain David Bourne, I.B.T. Airline Division Director and Steve Nagrotsky, I.B.T. Deputy Director have reviewed the “last and best final” in full detail.  Under our I.B.T. constitutional bylaws, the director of the division has the authority to decide whether or not the last and best final gets voted on by the membership.  Based on the substandard inadequate language, the Company has proposed we could and will not endorse nor recommend this last and best final going up for vote.  A major open section is Amerijet’s position that the CBA is not applicable outside the USA (POS and POS like operations), that itself is something that we can NOT agree to.  Below is a list of some of the open items:

  • Foreign Bases
  • Successor/Merger Protection
  • Scope
  • New Aircraft/weight
  • Scheduling
  • Publishing RDO awards to all crewmembers
  • Protection from discipline during legal job actions
  • Temporary Domicile/Base Vacancies and per diem
  • Furlough and Displacement
  • 401-K
  • P.F.E.  CBA

Your committee notified the Company today, in person, that based off of their “last and best final”, Amerijet has left us no other choice but to file and proceed to NMB mediation.  “This notification could have been submitted by regular mail however, I feel strongly that this notification should be done in person.”, said Teamsters Local 769 Business Agent David Renshaw. ” I would like to add that your committee has worked countless hours in the hopes of obtaining an agreement that we can proudly put forth in front of you and your families and we will continue until we have reached that tentative agreement.  Your committee and I want to continue to negotiate with Amerijet in order to attain these goals.”

David continues, “Amerijet has come up considerably on the wages, (driven by airline industry standards), though the wages are very important, the above mentioned open sections have just as much bearing……..if not more. I will not allow this proposed substandard industry language to be bought and driven by wages only. I truly understand you folks would like details.  Now that we are at this stage, I will be able to provide the details that you are inquiring.  Now, the following will take place, multiple up and coming conference calls, along with multiple meetings in Dade and Broward.  I look forward to the above calls and especially the face to face meetings to meet you folks and to place the rumors to rest.”

11th Circuit Court (grievance updates):

Amerijet appealed a ruling issued by a three-judge panel (two of whom were 11th Circuit judges and one a trial court judge acting as an appellate judge by appointment on this and other cases heard in Miami in January 2015).  The judges unanimously ruled in favor of the Union on the issue of arbitration and advancing deadlocked grievances to arbitration.  Amerijet filed in one pleading two separate requests – a motion for reconsideration and a motion for “rehearing” “en banc.”  A motion for reconsideration is just that – asking the same judges to reconsider their ruling and reverse it.  A motion for rehearing “en banc” seeks a new oral argument in front of all of the 11th Circuit’s appellate judges and a vote by all of those judges on the case.  Both of those motions were denied by the 11th Circuit last week.

Now the 11th Circuit will issue a “mandate” – that means the decision is final, at which point in time the case goes back to the trial court judge for entry of an order that complies with the 11th Circuit’s ruling.  This may take many months.

Amerijet may also appeal to the Supreme Court.  It does so by filing a “petition for writ of certiorari.”  The Supreme Court has discretion over whether it will hear an appeal in most cases; it has the liberty to decide it will not hear a case on appeal.  “I cannot predict whether this case holds any appeal for any of the Supreme Court justices.”, said Teamsters Local 769 Business Agent David Renshaw.

Teamsters Local 769 will keep you up to date on all developments related to these or any issues concerning our Amerijet brothers and sisters. Keep checking back here or subscribe to our website to receive email updates the moment news breaks. You can also stay connected using any of our social media pages by clicking here.

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2015 Teamsters Local 769 Scholarship

Posted June 26, 2015 By Local 769

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Teamster parents work hard to provide for their children and funding for a good education is a concern for all who have children nearing the end of high school. The Teamsters Local 769 Scholarship fund is something all the children of Teamsters Local 769 members are eligible for and the following application form can be printed at home or requested from your stewards or business agents. All 2015 graduating seniors are eligible to apply.

All Teamsters Local 769 members are welcome and encouraged to help support the event that helps fund our scholarships by attending our Annual Golf Tournament on October 10, 2015.

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TNBC Fish Fry

Posted May 28, 2015 By Local 769

The following flyer is for a TNBC Fish Fry that is For TNBC Members, TNBC Associates and their immediate family members (spouse & children) ONLY. Please RSVP by June 15, 2015.

 

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Historic Moment for South Florida TNBC

Posted May 26, 2015 By Local 769

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A milestone event for the South Florida chapter of the TNBC and a historic moment for Teamsters Local 769 occurred this past weekend. On Sunday, May 24, 2015 the very first South Florida TNBC Executive Board was sworn in and we are proud to officially announce the “South Florida Teamsters Nation Black Caucus”.

At the 1971 Teamsters convention right here in Miami, a small group of black delegates, guests and friends attending the convention, met to discuss the lack of black participation in the convention. Since then, the TNBC serves to uphold the principles of the Teamsters’ movement and to foster the opportunity for all Teamsters to serve in leadership capacities throughout the International Brotherhood of Teamsters and its affiliates. Now we have a TNBC chapter of our own right here in South Florida.

The Teamsters National Black Caucus (TNBC) is an organization of black Teamster men and women, who are united by their special concerns for rights and conditions of workers. Working within the framework of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters Constitution, the TNBC seeks to address pressing issues confronting black workers ranging from increased participation to outreach to the African-American community and other communities of color. The TNBC is not a separate union. If you are interested in learning more about the caucus and becoming a member, please call the Miami office at (305) 642-6255 and look for updates including meeting announcements right here on our website.

Congratulations to all of our newly elected TNBC officers.


 

Tyronne Brewster – President

Cego (Les) Duvillaire – Vice-President

Woodrow Wilson – Secretary-Treasurer

DeShaun Humes –  Recording Secretary

Trustees:

Pirty Jackson

Keith Simons

Imour George

Sergeant in Arms:

Malik Shabazz

Dwayne Stevenson

Chaplin: Shirley Tarpley

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KeolisLOGOCongratulation to our newest brothers and sisters!

Today, May 6, 2015,  the Dispatchers and Mechanics of Keolis Transit America Inc. in Fort Lauderdale, Florida unanimous voted “YES” to join our Brothers and Sisters at Teamsters Local 769. The election was conducted by the National Labor relation Board.
Six months earlier, on November 6, 2014, the Drivers at Keolis Transit voted to become Teamsters. The election was held by the National Labor Board and they were victorious. Today there are 76 Bus Drivers in the bargaining unit.
We would like to take this opportunity to welcome the newest members to our local. Congratulation on your victory. In solidarity there is strength.
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Support iPods for Wounded Veterans

Posted May 5, 2015 By Local 769

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Captain David Bourne to Walk for “iPods for Wounded Veterans”

For a few years now, Teamsters Local 769 has been encouraging our members to support iPods for Wounded Veterans. Since 2014 our very own David Renshaw was named southern rep for the southeast United States for iPods for Wounded Veterans. The organization was founded by a Vietnam Veteran and a retired Teamster, and is currently working to provide iPods, iPads, eReaders and other materials to improve the quality of life for our wounded Veterans. They have also created a page that makes it easier than ever to get behind this great cause. http://ipodsforwoundedveterans.org/donate-online.html 

This May, Captain David Bourne of the Teamsters Airline Division will be taking on a new challenge. In order to raise money for our wounded servicemen and women, David will be walking across Scotland in support of iPods for Wounded Veterans, a group founded by Teamsters and joined by members of the DAV and VFW. On the 24th of May, David will leave from Port Glasgow and head across Scotland, finishing on June 7th in the city of Inverness. All funds raised will go to the iPods for Wounded Veterans charity.

About Captain Bourne
Capt. David Bourne is a Boeing 747-400 pilot who has been the Director of the Teamsters Airline Division since 2008. He has been involved in numerous negotiations and has improved the contracts and working conditions for Teamster pilots across the country. He has also served as the Vice Chairman of the Airline Pilots Association’s President’s Committee on Cargo.

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Decision on Airline Medical Grievances

Posted May 4, 2015 By Local 769

UnitedMechRead the newest Mechanics Dispatch for details on the outcome of the second part of the Medical Grievance that dealt with our s-UAL Brothers! You may say to yourself, “so, what does that have to do with me as a s-CAL Member, we did not get a favorable decision to our grievance”? As all of you are aware, in mediation Medical Benefits are one of the bigger economic items in discussion. This decision secures the intent of the language on the s-UAL side and helps with our arguments to maintain benefit levels for everyone!!!

 

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1st Annual Florida Shoot For A Cure

Posted April 27, 2015 By Local 769

SFaCTeamsters Local 769 Business Agent John Sherman is a member of the Executive Committee that helped to put together this event benefitting the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. The goal of the event is to raise $20,000 this year. Please RSVP by May 20th, 2015 as this event will sell out.

Date : Friday May 29, 2015

Location : Quail Creek Plantation, Okeechobee, FL 

For more information, see the entry form/flyer below or call (925) 698-0719

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Latest Update on UAL Mediation

Posted April 23, 2015 By Local 769

UALfairContractThe following is an update on the UAL mediation. As you will see things did not go as planed which made for a very frustrating week. As everyone knows we have been reporting that the Company owed the Union a counter proposal, and once again the mediator has given them a pass. Please read the update in full for further details.

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As always, for the latest news that affects members of Teamsters Local 769, follow us on any of our social media accounts or subscribe for updates using the form on the left side of our homepage.

 

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Air Canada Teamsters Ratify New Contract

Posted April 14, 2015 By Local 769

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Air Canada today announced it has received confirmation from the International Brotherhood of Teamsters representing the airline’s U.S.-based workforce that a new collective agreement reached February 4, 2015 has been ratified. The new agreement is in effect until June 30, 2019.

“We are pleased that our members at Air Canada have approved a strong contract that keeps their jobs secure and raises workplace standards at the airline,” said Capt. David Bourne, Director of the Teamsters Airline Division. “Our focus was to negotiate a contract worthy of our members’ hard work and dedication. That’s why we went back to the table after members voted down the previous tentative agreement. The members have now spoken, showing the new contract meets the exceptional standards that our members deserve.”

U.S.-Based Air Canada Teamster Vote More Than 65 Percent in Favor of New Agreement, Securing Wage Increases, Job Security and Improved Benefits

This new contract covering more than 500 U.S.-based Air Canada employees was ratified by Teamster members who voted 200-to-101 in favor of the agreement. Voting was conducted electronically beginning on March 17 and ballots were tallied today showing overwhelming support for the new seven-year contract.

The new agreement provides increases to the top of the wage scale of 2 percent each year for the first three years of the contract beginning July 1, 2012, and 3 percent each year for the next two years of the contract followed by 2 percent for the last two years of the contract. In 2018 member will receive a lump sum bonus of 2 percent.

The Air Canada contract also expands job security with a no-subcontracting provision protecting Teamster work even if flights at a station are entirely replaced with another carrier’s flights. The agreement also gives newer hires access to retirement benefits and new health care options for all members covered by the contract.

Air Canada Teamsters in the U.S. work as customer service and ramp agents at stations in California, Florida, New York, and other areas.

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