The National Air Traffic Controllers Association (Natca) called the FAA’s imposition of new work rules over the Labor Day weekend “a brazen, arrogant trampling of the collective bargaining system” and a threat to the safety and efficiency of the National Airspace System.
Early last month the International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT) Local 1108 filed an application letter to the National Mediation Board (NMB) for representation of the 830 Flight Options pilots.
Late last month Sikorsky said it remained “open for business” as a strike by production workers entered its second month. At press time the Teamsters union members had rejected a revised offer from management.
Members of the executive board of the local Teamsters chapter representing Comair’s 818 flight attendants unanimously passed a resolution to authorize a strike after the company asked a bankruptcy court judge to void their contract. The bankrupt regional airline has asked for $8.9 million in annual cost concessions from the group, which last month ended negotiations while it prepared for the March 27 to 29 hearings in New York City.
Last month the Flight Options pilots overwhelmingly voted for union representation under International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT) Local 1108. According to the National Mediation Board, which conducted the election, 67 percent of the 795 eligible line pilots at the fractional provider were in favor of the union. Local 1108 also represents the pilots at competing fractional provider NetJets.
PSA Airlines last month fired 13 employees in connection with an April 26 wildcat strike of some 70 ramp and gate workers that disrupted service for more than three hours. The Teamsters-represented workers staged the walkout in frustration over a 7-cent-per-hour wage-hike offer from management. The sides had been involved in negotiations for some four years.
The National Air Traffic Controllers Association (NATCA) and the FAA walked away from the bargaining table on April 5, with the agency declaring an impasse and sending the dispute to Congress. A couple of weeks later NATCA’s well oiled publicity machine cranked out a release announcing, “NATCA accepts FAA’s public offer to return to bargaining table,” but an FAA spokesman said that the union was “grasping at straws.”
The organizers of the Middle East Business Aviation (MEBA) event plan to expand future meetings to include an aircraft static display and exhibit area and turn the event into an annual affair. During the event’s first run last November at the Dubai Air Show the agenda was confined to speakers addressing various ways to use business aircraft in the region.
The judge overseeing the Chapter 11 bankruptcy case of Minneapolis-based Mesaba Airlines ruled last month that the airline may not unilaterally cancel the union contracts of its pilots, flight attendants and mechanics. Trumpeted by the unions as a major victory for labor, the 98-page ruling issued by Judge Gregory Kishel in St.
Efforts by the National Air Traffic Controllers Association (Natca) to force resumption of contract talks with the FAA through congressional maneuverings failed early last month when the House narrowly defeated a bill that would have sent both sides back to the bargaining table.