Railway Labor Act and how it relates to Airlines

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The Railway Labor Act, more frequently referred to as the RLA, was enacted in 1926 as the joint work product of railway labor and management. It was amended in 1934, in 1936 when it was expanded to include airlines, in 1966, and, most recently, in 1981 when special bargaining dispute resolution procedures applicable to publicly owned and operated rail commuter carriers were added. The RLA is administered by the National Mediation Board (NMB), an independent Federal agency. Continue reading

04/29/2021 Negotiations Update

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Your negotiating committee and the company had our second virtual negotiations meeting on Tuesday, April 27th through April 29th, 2021.

Your committee passed Article 3 – Non-Discrimination and Management Rights, Article 8 – Physical Examinations, Article 9 – Seniority, Article 13 – Hours of Work, Article 15 – Furlough and Recall, Article 16 – Leaves of Absence, Article 17 – Field Work, Article 18 – Attendance and Hearings, Investigations and Training, Article 21 – Grievance Procedures and Article 24 – Part Time Employees.

We were able to reach agreements in principle on Article 3 – Non-Discrimination and Management Rights, Article 8 – Physical Examinations, Article 16 – Leaves of Absence, Article 23 – Meal Periods and Article 28 – Health and Safety.

Our next session with the Company will be on May 25th – 27th, 2021.

We are hopeful to continue making progress during this process.

UNITED-INVINCIBLE.

03/19/2021 Negotiations Update

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Your negotiating committee and the company had our first virtual negotiations meeting on Thursday, March 18th and19th, 2021. Introductions and negotiations ground rules were established by both parties.

Your committee passed Articles 12- Probationary Period, 15 – Furlough/Recall, 19 – General, 23 – Meal Periods, 24 – Part-time Employees, 26 – No Strike-No Lockout, 27 – Saving Clause and 28 – Health and Safety.

We were able to reach agreements in principle on Articles 12 – Probationary Period, 26 – No Strike-No Lockout and 27 – Saving Clause.

The company did not have any article proposals for us during this session. We hope to receive proposals from the company at our next negotiations session scheduled for April 27th – 29th, 2021.

Our committee will meet internally on April 7th – 9th to continue drafting proposals to get the contract you rightfully deserve.

UNITED-INVINCIBLE.

02/04/2021 Negotiations Update

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Your negotiating committee has been preparing for contract negotiations since last year. Our first scheduled meetings with the company were scheduled for the week of January 18th.

During one of our last preparation meetings, a discussion took place about the financial impact this pandemic is putting on the airline industry.

After much discussion we decided that we would attempt to get the current contract extended with no other changes other than pay increases.

A proposal for a 24-month extension with pay rate increases was given to the company.

The company responded with a counter proposal that did not meet our expectations.

We have decided to continue with the process and begin Section 6 contract negotiations.

As soon as we schedule future meeting dates, we will update you.

Thank you for your support.

12/18/2020 Negotiations Update

On December 2nd, 3rd, and the 16th -18th we met virtually, in preparation for the opening of our upcoming contract negotiations on January 19th, 2021.

We reviewed the results of the survey, and your opinions have been heard loud and clear.

We discussed strategies and reviewed individual articles. We are in the process of putting together our proposals. We have scheduled another virtual meeting session on January 6th – 8th 2021, and are committed to working diligently to get you the contract you deserve.

Your TWU Negotiating Team

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