UAL BOS Announces Reductions 12/16/2013

Today UAL management in BOS announced the reduction of 23 full time BTW employees to part time status. This news was expected since the CEO of United Airlines was repining that a half billion in profit for a quarter was disappointing.

When did a 590 million dollar profit become so disappointing that it would predicate base-line employee reductions to be announced less than 10 days prior to the Holidays. This clearly demonstrates the lack of human compassion by upper UAL management.

The reductions are expected to take place by February 9, 2014. In the meantime there are options available that may reduce the number of those affected as identified in the letter put out by the Company a week prior. Any participation should reduce the reductions by an equal amount. I stress should! The information received by management has been less than reliable. The UAL Committee will be following the information closely and will communicate any new information to the members.

IAMAW Transportation Newswire

IP Buffenbarger Calls on Congress to Block Mobile Voice Calls in Flight
December 6, 2013

IAM International President Tom Buffenbarger yesterday called on Congress to intervene and stop a proposal from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) that would allow mobile voice calls in flight.

In a move that neither passengers nor flight crews support, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) seeks to “give airline passengers the same communications access in the air that they have on trains and buses and in coffee shops.”

Survey after survey indicate, however, that passengers believe permitting mobile voice calls would worsen their flight experience, not to mention the safety and security issues.

“We believe cell phone usage during flights would have serious safety implications,” said Buffenbarger. “Passengers are less likely to listen to crewmember instructions, phone conversations are very irritating and distracting to other passengers nearby, and they could lead to altercations between passengers resulting in flight attendants having to act as referees to mitigate ‘air rage’.”

Representatives Peter Defazio (D-OR) and Michael Grimm (R-NY) have authored a letter to FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler and to reconsider the proposal. On December 12, 2013, the FCC will consider a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to revise current rules governing mobile wireless services on airplanes.

If the FAA decides to lift the ban, the ultimate decision to allow mobile voice calls would rest with the airlines.

Read IP Buffenbarger’s letter.

Read Representative Defazio and Grimm’s letter.

United Update 12/3/13 From Rich Delaney

Line Station Bidding

United Airlines has begun the process for line station s-UA agents to select their permanent classification and work area – either above the wing or below the wing. This required selection is a part of the recently ratified agreement brought about by the company’s demand to stop the historic practice of cross utilization of agents in line stations at s-UA and continue their business plan of single assignment classifications as has been established at s-CO and s-CMI. The classification selection process provides an orderly way for current employees to remain employed in their stations.

Members in line stations will begin the selection bidding next week, December 9th. In advance of that date, members will be given the exact number of lines to be bid in both the ATW and BTW classifications. An “open” bid process will be used in which each agent will be able to see the selections of more senior agents and the remaining lines in each classification before being required to select. This selection process will not reduce the headcount of the station nor disrupt the work status of current agents. Continue reading “United Update 12/3/13 From Rich Delaney”