The Air Traffic Controllers European Unions Coordination (ATCEUC), representing some 14,000 controllers in the region, said it has called off a planned October 10 strike over safety issues tied to the Single European Sky program. The group said it had received assurances that the European Union is willing to discuss those safety issues before implementation.
CitationAir became the third of the four major jet fractional providers to have a unionized pilot workforce last month, with 52 percent of the more than 350 CitationAir pilots voting in favor of representation. Pilot voting turnout was “high,” International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT) 1108 president Mat Slinghof told AIN, and only a simple majority (50 percent plus one vote) was needed for the union to be voted in.
Three transportation organizations have announced the formation of a large aviation labor alliance to combine and coordinate lobbying efforts on airline safety and security. The American Aviation Labor Alliance (AALA) is a formal partnership of the Transport Workers Union (TWU), the Coalition of Airline Pilots Association (CAPA) and International Brotherhood of Teamsters.
Unionized aircraft assembly workers returned to work September 2 at Hawker Beechcraft plants in Wichita and Salina, Kan., after a four-week strike. Seventy-seven percent of the 5,200 workers voted for a contract offer that increased wages, maintained previous health-care benefits and raised pension contributions.
Hawker Beechcraft last month reported increased orders, improved sales and higher earnings during the second quarter versus the same period last year. Net bookings for the quarter totaled $1.7 billion, resulting in a new record backlog of $7.4 billion, and second-quarter revenues increased by $327.6 million year-over-year to $1.02 billion.
Last month the International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT) filed with the National Mediation Board (NMB) for an election to allow the pilots at fractional aircraft operator Raytheon Travel Air to vote for union representation. If it is verified that 35 percent or more of RTA pilots have requested an election, it will be so ordered. The only fractional pilots now unionized are those flying for NetJets, who belong to IBT Local 284.
Next to fighter jocks, helicopter pilots are probably the most iconoclastic flavor of aviators flying today. That’s why the issue of unionization can be so sensitive. Both Petroleum Helicopters Inc. and Air Log have unionized pilot workforces. Both made the transition in widely different ways.
The unions representing nearly 20,000 employees of the FAA have joined in a coalition “to hold the FAA accountable” for meeting its modernization goals and to improve working conditions at the agency. The coalition represents the largest group of organized employees at the FAA.
Pilots flying helicopters for the French hospitals’ emergency medical services went on strike twice recently to protest low wages and long hours. In response, the operators’ trade association, SNEH, said that it has already addressed the pilots’ highest-priority grievances. Early last month the pilots expressed confidence that negotiations were nearing completion.
After nine months of intense bargaining, NetJets’ unionized pilots (represented by the International Brotherhood of Teamsters) and management reached a tentative agreement (TA) on Saturday. The move comes four years after the pilots’ contract became amendable in October 2001.
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