Archive for July, 2014

the New York Daily News today reports on the MTA’s rejection, in Washington, of a proposed wage package for Long Island Railroad employees who have been working without a contract since 2010. The wage package, an average of 2.85% a year for six years, was recommended by an emergency board panel reporting to President Barack Obama. That recommendation is explained by President Samuelsen in his latest video, posted in the top position on the TWU Local 100 website. The MTA’s rejection of the wage package recommendation, the News reports, sets up the MTA for a possible strike come summer — which would be legal. LIRR employees are not subject to the NYS Taylor Law.

via Report: LIRR “rolls closer to a possible strike” | TWU Local 100.

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The Transport Workers Union has put out a negotiations video for its members as the TWU continues contract talks with Southwest Airlines.Called “Profits before People,” the video criticizes Southwest Airlines for the slow pace of contract talks and for not offering pay increases and for proposing to use more part-time employees, limiting benefits and other points, even as the airline was earning record profits.TWU Local 555’s contract became amendable in June 2011. According to federal law, airline labor contracts never expire. They just have amendable dates.The video comes out nearly six weeks after the heads of most of Southwest Airlines’ unions signed a letter to Southwest chairman and CEO Gary Kelly saying that “morale has dropped to an all-time low” and that the airline could remedy the problem with new contracts for all labor groups.We’ve also seen a negotiations update Tuesday from the Aircraft Mechanics Fraternal Association, which represents mechanics at Southwest, in which the union shared the airline’s concept for pay raises.

via Transport Workers Union | Dallas Morning News.

Shortly after the sighs of relief that followed the Long Island Railroad labor contract announcement, skeptics questioned how it will be paid for without fare hikes or cutting into Metropolitan Transportation Authority capital funding.

via LIRR Deal Leaves Questions Unanswered – The Bond Buyer.

The two unions representing SEPTA railroad engineers and electrical workers on Friday expressed disappointment with the recommendations of a presidential panel on their long-running labor dispute.The panel, appointed by President Obama, on Monday sided with SEPTA management on most of the issues in the dispute, which prompted a one-day strike last month.”We are disappointed with the recommendations of the [presidential emergency board], particularly because the board, instead of directly addressing the economic analysis of the employees, simply sidestepped the core issue of this labor dispute,” the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen and IBEW Local 744 said in a joint statement.

via SEPTA unions dislike presidential panel recommendations – Philly.com.

US Airways mechanics and ground workers have approved a three-year contract with American Airlines.The contract, which covers 11,000 workers represented by the International Association of Machinists, includes furlough protection and raises in each year. The union said Saturday that all three contracts for mechanics and related fleet service and maintenance training specialist work groups were approved by a majority of the members, but it did not release vote totals.The union was the only labor group at US Airways and American that did not publicly support the airlines’ merger, which was completed in December. The Machinists said US Airways executives had negotiated deals with American’s labor groups while neglecting contract talks with their own employees.

via Mechanics, ground workers from US Airways approve new contract with American | Business ….

While the threat of a Long Island Rail Road strike on July 20 is still there, both sides seem to be open to more negotiations.Metropolitan Transportation Authority officials and union leaders met for more than four hours Thursday.The MTA has made an offer of 17 percent pay hikes over seven years.”They came in and made a formal counteroffer, which was discussed We’ve got more discussions to have with them,” said MTA Chairman Thomas Prendergast. “We’re all concerned with trying to reach resolution with this particular issue and we will continue the discussions.””I think everybody in that room has the same intent right now to make sure that we can prevent a strike,” said Anthony Simon, general chairman of the United Transportation Union.

via More Talks, but No Deal, in LIRR Contract Discussion – NY1.

Frontier Airlines’ ramp workers have for the first time voted to unionize, and about 400 Denver-based workers are hoping this will mean greater job security in an uncertain industry.The ballots were tabulated Thursday in Washington, D.C., under the supervision of the U.S. National Mediation Board. More than 60 percent of the 219 votes cast were in favor of representation.Ramp workers for the Denver-based carrier sought representation from the Transport Workers Union of America after the company made several changes to its employees’ benefits and to its own business model.”Everyone is excited to know we have a voice,” said Brian Fisher, a Frontier worker for seven years who was in Washington for the ballot counting.”The first thing for us is job security,” he said. “Everywhere you look, you see things like what happened this week, with United outsourcing jobs.”

via Frontier Airlines ramp workers vote for TWU union representation – The Denver Post.