Posted August 8, 2014:
A couple stories from the IAM:
IAM, TWU Alliance Moves Forward with American Airlines Single Carrier Filing
In a move that will lead to joint contract negotiations for more than 30,000 members of the IAM and Transport Workers Union (TWU), the two unions recently jointly petitioned the National Mediation Board (NMB) asking it declare that post-merger American Airlines and US Airways are now operating as a single transportation system for employees in the Mechanic and Related, Fleet Service and Stores classifications.
Today’s filing is a necessary precursor to an NMB election to certify the IAM-TWU Employee Association, an alliance between the IAM and TWU formed last year as the collective bargaining representative for all employees in the affected classifications at the new American Airlines. There is no defined timeframe for the NMB to act on today’s petition.
IAM International President Tom Buffenbarger and TWU International President Harry Lombardo issued the following statement after the filing:
“Today begins the next step in achieving the airline industry’s best labor agreements at the world’s largest airline,” said Buffenbarger and Lombardo. “American Airlines has entered into an era of super-profits and it’s now time for our combined 30,000 members at the airline to secure the industry’s premier contracts. Our members, by pooling resources and uniting in solidarity, present the most formidable labor alliance in the airline industry. Executives and shareholders are profiting handsomely, and this alliance will ensure our members are also rewarded for their hard work and sacrifice.”
Each pre-merger group will continue working under its existing collective bargaining agreements until joint agreements are negotiated and ratified.
Also announced with this filing is the first membership benefit, a Preferential Hiring Agreement between the two unions and American Airlines. Under its terms, furloughed members from either American or US Airways will be offered, but are not required to accept, open job opportunities at the other airline without loss of pay seniority.
Click here to read the Preferential Hiring Agreement.
Outsourcing United CEO Feeling Heat from Congress
Members of Iowa’s congressional delegation are calling out United Airlines CEO Jeff Smisek for the carrier’s decision to outsource more than 600 jobs at 12 U.S. airports, including 48 jobs at Des Moines International Airport.
United has also announced plans for contract workers to replace United employees at airports in Albuquerque, NM; Buffalo, NY; Charleston, SC; Charlotte, NC; Columbus, OH; Detroit; El Paso, NM; Sioux Falls, SD; Wichita, KS; Pensacola, FL; and Salt Lake City.
In a letter to Smisek, U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin (D-IA) and Reps. Bruce Braley (D-IA) and Dave Loebsack (D-IA) call on the United chief executive to provide them with a comparison of wages and benefits for IAM-represented employees and the contract workers slated to replace them.
“This decision is a significant step backwards for Iowa workers and our local communities and a glaring example of a wage race to the bottom that is becoming all too familiar in the airline industry,” the lawmakers wrote. “These steps are particularly troubling given your assertions to the Congress in 2010 that the merger would be good for employees and have a minimal effect on the jobs of frontline employees.”
Harkin, Braley and Loebsack point out that United posted almost $1.1 billion in profit last year, an 84 percent increase from the previous year.
“Furthermore, we hope that this decision is not part of a larger targeted plan to weaken union representation and collective bargaining at our nation’s airports,” the lawmakers continue. “During a period in which our country struggles with growing income inequality and workers have to fight tooth and nail to get their fair share of the wealth that they help to create, the last thing that a profitable company should be doing is slashing the wages and benefits of its workforce.”
Click here to read the entire letter to United CEO Jeff Smisek.
Posted July 24, 2014:
United Airlines Union Coalition
From District 141 [DOWNLOAD]:
July 23, 2014
To Our Fellow Employees of United Airlines,
On Friday, July 18, our Represented Union Leaderships met together in Chicago and achieved a significant milestone, agreeing to form a United Airlines Union Coalition to collectively address the significant issues we all face working at the new United Airlines.
Every leader in the room expressed common frustrations with United’s current direction. The business as usual of the last few years is not satisfactory. We all realize that this is our airline and have a vested interest and the opportunity to shape our new airline for the future. We intend to meet regularly and to make certain we are approaching our management together where our interests are aligned. We are United Airlines, and we want to work for the best airline of which we can be proud.
We initially identified three common areas of concern to immediately address and to seek solutions to improve the lives of our
Brothers and Sisters.
1. Payroll – all employees have lost confidence in United’s payroll system. This is a common theme in all our labor groups. No one knows if they have been paid fairly and properly.
2. Integration Problems – We are now more than four years past the announced merger and our airline has yet to be merged. Branding the airplanes does not merge the airline. Our systems are not nearly integrated, negotiations are not yet concluded with all employee groups, and we are struggling to provide a quality product while using poor or inadequate tools.
3. New Legacy – Our brothers and sisters are eager and ready to safely deliver on time, reliable flights, day in and day out. Together, we employees are assets not liabilities, and we are the solution to making this the best airline in the world. We are anxious to and we are the solution to making this the best airline in the world. We are anxious to shape our airline for the future.
Warren Buffet has said, “It takes 20 years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it.”
Our fellow employees are here with our reputations intact and will not allow others to ruin it.
We are the new United Airlines.
Fraternally and in solidarity,
Air Line Pilots Association
Association of Flight Attendants
International Association of Machinists & Aerospace Workers
Professional Airline Flight Control Association
Transportation Workers Union
From The Huffington Post:
NEWS: United Airlines' Outsourcing Jobs to Company That Pays Near Poverty Wages Is Shameful
That, in effect, means that United and its subcontractor will be subsidized by American taxpayers for the food stamp payments made to their new low-wage workers.
United's move to convert middle-class jobs into near-poverty level jobs is shameful -- it's that simple.
Read the full article HERE.
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The deadline to enter is Friday, August 15, 2014.
Posted July 22, 2014:
US Airways Fleet Employees Ratify Agreement
District 141 members at US Airways voted overwhelmingly to ratify the Agreement with US Airways that will pave the way for joint contract negotiations through our Labor Alliance with the Transport Workers Union with American Airlines. The new agreement provides immediate wage increases that place our members on an even footing with American Airlines Fleet Service employees and also provides necessary job protection and benefit improvements, especially pension increases, for US Airways Fleet employees.
Also included in the agreement is a commitment to move quickly into combined negotiations for a contract that will benefit the employees of the largest carrier in the world. The first step in that process is to request from the National Mediation Board a Single Carrier Status for the two legacy airlines. This will be done through the Alliance. The NMB will then determine if a representation determination needs to be made through an election or if the joint filing for representation by the combined unions will be accepted fully and allow the negotiating process to begin without delay.
The next step will be to get representatives of both unions together to prepare for talks with American. This usually means bringing the members of both unions negotiating teams to the Winpisinger Center for negotiating training. The process for collecting membership proposals and putting a unified list of demands for the opening of negotiations will also be agreed on during these joint sessions. Then the official exchange of proposals with the company can occur and the work of putting a single contract together will begin.
While all this work is planned to begin without delay it is important to recognize the significance of the ratification vote that makes it all possible. Our entire Union thanks those members that participated in their station voting process. We especially thank the members of the Negotiating Team for working as hard as they did to bring back an agreement that 86% of members endorsed. Continuing the support and solidarity members have shown through this first round of talks will make attaining the industry leading agreement in the next round a reality.
District 142 Election Results
CLICK HERE to view and/or download a PDF file of the results of the recent election of District Officers and Grand Chairs for District 142.
Posted July 14, 2014:
US Airways Contract Ratification Vote
The contract ratification vote for US Airways employees at MSP will take place:
Friday, July 18, 2014
7:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Ramada Bloomington MSP Airport Mall of America Hotel
2300 East American Blvd., Bloomington, MN 55425
OGG, LIH, KOA overwhelmingly voted to accept new solution
District 141 members in OGG, LIH, and KOA today voted to accept modifications in their contract that will retain IAM-represented United employees in those stations. These stations, along with 12 others, were under review by the company for probable contracting out of both Above the Wing and Below the Wing work. Under the provisions of the current Agreement, United was required to meet and negotiate with District 141 to determine if modifications could be acceptably made to the contract to prevent the contracting out of work.
These negotiations resulted in modification of wage rates, suspension of company matching contributions to individual’s 401(k) savings plans, and scheduling flexibility. The tentative agreement between District 141 and United was then put before the members in the specific stations subject to these changes.
Members voted overwhelmingly to accept the tentative agreement and easily reached the required two thirds majority threshold called for in our contract.
Many thanks go to the station representatives and United management for their willingness to work together to find a solution to the clear and present threat of competitive operating costs from outside vendors. Through their focus on the needs and concerns of our Hawaiian Island membership and their families creative answers were found for a very difficult problem.
We also want to thank Senator Schatz for his interest and willingness to bring our issue to the attention of his fellow legislators and for his direct communication with United’s senior most executives.
The effective date of implementation of this newly ratified changes is October 1, 2014.
Update 08 July 2014:
Fleet Service Employees of Spirit Airlines entered into the democratic process of voting for Union Representation. The results are in, and the majority cast their vote for Union Representation to have their voices heard and the respect they deserve.
United may accept Newark airport wage hike
From the Poughkeepsie Journal:
NEWARK, N.J. – A dispute over workers' wages at Newark Liberty International Airport could be near a resolution.
United Airlines, the airport's primary carrier, said in an email Friday to the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, the airport's operator, that it still questions whether the agency has the legal power to impose a wage hike. But the airline also said its vendors may be contractually bound to comply with the order.
The Port Authority in January ordered wage hikes of $1 an hour after July 31 for workers who make less than $9 per hour, such as baggage handlers and cabin cleaners. The agency also said workers would make $10.10 hourly by next February and see subsequent increases tied to the Consumer Price Index.
In the email, United said its contracts typically require vendors to abide by applicable local, state and federal laws. The airline wrote: "If the Policy becomes effective, and assuming it is validly issued, the vendors would be required to comply with the Policy or they would be in violation of their contracts with us."
The email came near the end of a 30-day public comment period on the Port Authority's order, which applies to workers at New York's three major airports. Some workers at Kennedy and La Guardia airports already have received raises, said Ana Maria Cruz, spokeswoman for Local 32BJ of the Service Employees International Union.
United, which operates roughly three of every four flights at Newark, had criticized the increases in a February letter to the Port Authority, saying the order raised "significant legal issues." United said the wage increases might not be enforceable without legislative approval. The airline also raised the possibility of antitrust issues since the Port Authority was "requiring airlines to act in concert to force wage raises on third party contractors."
A United spokesman declined to say Friday whether the company would mount a legal challenge to the wage hikes. In United's email, the airline said the hikes would cost the company about $12 million a year.
In January, Port Authority Executive Director Patrick Foye sent a letter to United, JetBlue, Delta and American, ordering the pay hikes for low-wage workers, including skycaps and ticketing agents.
Many of these workers are employed by private companies that contract with the airlines for their services.
Foye said Delta and American agreed to the new rules. United and JetBlue expressed similar concerns regarding wage increases without legislative action.
Port Authority board members have said recently they support eventually expanding the wage hikes to contract workers at all the agency's facilities, which include bridges and tolls, the ports of New York and New Jersey, the World Trade Center site and the Port Authority Bus Terminal.
Irwin Carbajal, a cabin cleaner from Elizabeth who earns $8.25 per hour cleaning planes at Newark, said he is afraid to get sick or injured because he can't afford health insurance. The Peru native lives with his father in a room at his uncle's house and does extra work for his uncle to help pay the rent.
"If you get injured, your whole monthly pay could go for your health bills," he said.
Karen Boroff, a professor of management and dean emeritus at Seton Hall University's Stillman School of Business, said United and JetBlue could have valid legal challenges to the hikes but may conclude the risks outweigh the benefits. She also questioned the effects of the wage increases.
"These jobs are low-skilled. Giving them another buck isn't going to raise their skill level," she said. "I'd rather have these people get vouchers for education or for technical training."
Some West Coast airports have raised minimum wages for workers in recent years.
But a judge decided a $15-per-hour minimum wage approved last year by the city of SeaTac, which surrounds Seattle-Tacoma International Airport in Washington, does not apply to airport workers because the airport is operated by the Port of Seattle.
Machinists Union Sets Strike Deadline at LIRR
After four years of contract negotiations, the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM), its partner, the Transportation Communications Union (TCU) and six union coalition partners at Long Island Railroad, announced a strike deadline at 12:01 AM, Sunday July 20, 2014.
The IAM, TCU and six coalition partners have been in talks with the Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA)--the agency responsible for LIRR negotiations--for four years to no avail. After two Presidential Emergency Boards (PEBs), in which both boards found the MTA's position to be unreasonable and unsubstantiated, the MTA has only become more intransigent.
"The MTA has had its heels dug in since day one," said IAM District 19 President Jeff Doerr. "We've argued our case for a fair contract before two PEBs and the MTA wants to pretend the PEBs never happened because both found its position to be unreasonable. Enough is enough."
The parties met yesterday afternoon and the MTA stated it need time to review the unions' latest counter-proposal. No new talks have been scheduled.
"We have advised the MTA that we are available to meet anytime to continue talks and avoid a needless disruption of transportation services to over 300,000 New York City area commuters," continued Doerr.
Read President Doerr's letter to IAM members: http://www.iamdl19.org/LIRR/LLRR_LTR7.8.pdf
Posted July 8, 2014:
ATTENTION RETIRED, EXEMPT AND LIFE MEMBERS!
Your help is needed. A letter from the IAM Grand Lodge IP and GST was received recently by Airline Local 1833 concerning the retiree membership of Local 1833.
There are 453 retirees with incorrect addresses on file in the local lodge database. Since your retirement, if you have moved and did not submit an address change to the Local Lodge, please do so as soon as possible.
Please send your change of address to e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org or USPS to: Recording Secretary, Airline Local 1833, P. O. Box 69, Newport, MN 55055
You can help by passing this message along to other retirees you know; And just in case you did not know: District 141, represents the United Airlines and US Airways members and District 142, represents Southwest and Alaska Airlines and after the loss of the active membership at Northwest/Delta, ALL retirees and former members have been transferred and are now represented by District 142, headquartered in Kansas City, MO
Thank you for your assistance in helping to clear up the Local, District and Grand Lodge databases. Please have your changes submitted by Sept. 30, 2014!
MINNESOTA STATE FAIR
All IAMAW members (active, new, former and retired) are invited to volunteer and help staff the IAMAW booth during the MN State Fair at the AFL-CIO House of Labor Pavilion located on the corners of Dan Patch Ave. and Cooper St. during the hours from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM
A complimentary ticket into the fair will be provided to members, on the day chosen to volunteer at the booth during the shifts/times listed below:
Day Shift is 9:00 AM to 1:30 PM
Afternoon Shift is 1:30 PM to 6:00 PM
Unfortunately only one volunteer per shift, so it will be first come, first serve; so be the first to pick your day and time.
Thurs., Aug. 21- Opening Day
Fri., Aug. 22
Sat., Aug. 23- Young Workers Day
Sun., Aug. 24
Mon., Aug. 25 – Seniors & Retired Workers Day
Tue., Aug. 26 - Military Appreciation & Woman’s Suffrage Day
Wed., Aug. 27
Thurs., Aug. 28 – Seniors & Retired Workers Day
Fri., Aug. 29
Sun., Aug. 31
Monday, September 1 – Labor Day – Don’t forget to walk in the Parade
If you are interested in being a volunteer, please contact the Local by e-mail email@example.com or call 651-207-1729. Remember to leave your name, address and a contact number and be sure to advise what day and shift you are volunteering to work.
Mary Sansom, Recording Secretary, Airline Local 1833
Posted July 7, 2014:
United Continues Down Wrong Path
United Airlines today confirmed that 12 out of the 15 previously announced line stations will be outsourced as of 10/1/2014.
District 141 and representatives from KOA, LIH and OGG were able to tentatively agree to modifications to the current collective bargaining agreement to maintain IAM-represented employees working in those locations.
Informational meetings and a ratification vote is currently being scheduled. As per current contractual terms, two-thirds of members in those locations must ratify the tentative contractual modifications for them to take effect. Moreover, no IAM member stationed in those locations will be forced to work under any ratified modification. IAM members will retain their right to accept furlough or exercise their seniority at the Hawaiian Point or on the system.
Regarding the other 12 locations (ABQ, BUF, CHS, CLT, CMH, DSM, DTW, ELP, FSD, ICT, PNS and SLC-BTW), agreement could not be reached because the cost reductions the vendors provided United were insurmountable. United, wrongly, places no value on the much better service quality provided to United's customers by IAM-represented employees. It is truly puzzling, considering United's dismal financial and service performance, that it will "double-down" on its failed outsourcing strategy.
It is important to note that due to the contractual protection against furlough due to outsourcing, all IAM members with a company seniority date of 4/1/2006 will have the option to retain their employment with United Airlines. Moreover, those junior to 4/1/2006 will also have the opportunity to retain their employment with United due to increased vacancies.
It is equally important to emphasize that in the 12 outsourced stations approximately 90 percent of the flight schedule is operated by United Express. Due to the massive reliance on United Express—approximately 67 percent of United’s entire operation—it is important to understand that the contractual seniority protection guarantees every IAM-represented employee with a company seniority date of 4/1/2006 a job with United Airlines. This language is unprecedented in the airline industry and provides IAM members real employment protection.
Lastly, District 141 does not in any way condone or endorse this bad business decision by United. It's wrong. United should maintain their IAM-represented workforce in every station. We simply do a better job.
Posted July 2, 2014:
Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown Accuses United’s Smisek of Exacerbating “Race to the Bottom”
In a letter to United CEO Jeffrey Smisek, Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) questioned the airline's recent decision to outsource certain smaller "line stations" to low-paid vendors.
International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) members and staff launched legislative efforts after United Airlines announced its outsourcing strategy, which could force hundreds of workers to relocate, to inform the public and put pressure on the airline’s leadership to rethink it’s outsourcing plans.
"I write today to express concern about the impact of your decision to rebid a number of line stations at airports across the country," wrote Senator Brown. "Further outsourcing airport occupations will exacerbate the race to the bottom for wages in the airline industry--an action that has significant implications for the American middle class."
United’s operational and financial performance has lagged that of its industry peers—Delta and American—and has spurred many of the airline’s critics to question the carriers business strategy.
The current IAM contract for ground workers requires that United follow certain contractual guidelines, which includes negotiations, before any outsourcing can take occur.
During congressional hearings regarding the merger of United, Continental and Continental Micronesia CEOs Glenn Tilton and Jeffrey Smisek both assured Congress that the mega-merger would not have a negative effect on frontline employment levels.
Read Senator Brown's letter here: http://www.goiam.org/images/UnitedRebiddingLetterJune252014-2.pdf
Posted July 1, 2014:
US Airways TA Informational Meeting and Wage Scale
District 141 has announced that the Tentative Agreement Informational Meeting for US Airways employees at MSP will be held on Monday, July 7, 2014.
You can review the TA wage scale chart here.
Be sure to check out http://iam141.org/us/update.html for all the most up-to-date information.
District Lodge 141 Officer Election Tally
The District Lodge Officers election ended on June 26 and the Official count, as per District 141 By-Laws, will take place at the District 141 Office in Elk Grove Village, IL, on July 9, 2014 at 9:00 am. The candidate observers will be present to verify the process is fair and accurate. The ballots and documents will be sealed and kept at the District Office for one year.
The Local Lodge counts will be verified and impounded ballots will be investigated and counted. Impounded ballots are designed to protect a members right to vote. The examples below show the reasons why we have impounded ballots.
a) If a member transfers to another station during an election we must impound the ballot to assure the member does not vote in two locations.
b) If a new member signed up but the paper work has not been processed, the ballot is impounded to give the union the opportunity to research were the members is at in this process. If the delay is not the member’s fault the ballot will be counted.
c) If a member loses their vote by mail ballot and comes to their Local Lodge, the member’s new ballot will be impounded, so the union can verify the member did not vote by mail.
The results will be posted on the web site, as all information regarding the District Officer Election.
We thank all Members that participated in the election process.
The election of representatives is a significant fundamental aspect of the IAM. Not all Unions conduct elections this way. Several of our rival Unions do not put the trust and responsibility for determining representation in the hands of their Members, as the IAM does. A Member driven democratic process on which our Union is built is a source of pride for all Members.
Minnesota State Council Machinist Retirees Picnic
You are invited to join The Minnesota State Council Machinist Retirees
for our 1st annual picnic & Membership Drive
at The Vet's Camp on Big Marine
11300 180th Street North Marine on St. Croix, MN 55047
Tuesday, August 19th, 2014 Noon-4 P.M.
We will have Burgers, Brats, Baked Beans, Potato
Salad, Soda Pop, Water and more treats.
Bring your own Beer or buy it at the Vet's Canteen for
$2.75 per can/bottle, a % of this goes to the Vet's!
Pontoon Boat Ride at 1 & 3 P.M.
Fellowship with friendly Union Members!
Fun for everyone!
RSVP by August 1st to: Mary Sansom
1010 East Highway 96
Vadnais Heights, MN 55127
Download the flyer for directions and a map:
Posted June 27, 2014:
US Airways Tentative Agreement:
Update 26 June 2014:
Preparations continue for US Airways contract ratification of the recent tentative agreement. Discussions are still being held with the Company's negotiators to review the complete agreement and all modifications that have been made to the current contract. Once these discussions are complete, we will post and print a full text outline, Article by Article, of the proposed changes.
We are also finalizing a schedule of per station explanation meetings that will be conducted prior to ratification.
An explanation meeting for local Grievance Committee Chairs will be held in Charlotte on July 2, 2014.
System-wide ratification voting will be conducted on July 18, 2014.
US Airways Tentative Agreement:
Update 17 June 2014:
As stated in yesterday's announcement that a tentative agreement has been reached between US Airways and IAM-represented fleet service workers, your negotiating committee is working diligently to compile a complete list of every change to the current collective bargaining agreement for membership review. The following are the exact percentage base wage increases and when they will be received:
Effective Date of Signing (DOS): 9.53% increase to top of scale base rate.
Effective (DOS): 3% increase to base rate of all other steps.
Effective 9/12/2014: 2.1% increase to base rate at all steps.
Effective 9/12/2015: 2.1% increase to base rate of pay to all steps or the Industry Pay Rate Adjustment whichever is greater; the result of which may not exceed the rate at the same step on the LAA (Legacy American Airlines) scale (following the LAA adjustment). Since steps 10 & 11 of the LUS (Legacy US Airways) scale have no comparator LAA step, the percentage increase derived from the top of scale adjustment will apply to these steps
Effective 9/12/2016: In the event that a Joint Collective Bargaining Agreement (JCBA) has not been reached for the fleet service classification at American Airlines, base wage rates will be increased by 2.1% and the amendable date of the contract will be extended one (1) year.
Effective 9/12/2017: In the event that a Joint Collective Bargaining Agreement (JCBA) has not been reached for the fleet service classification at American Airlines, base wage rates will be increased by 2.1% and the amendable date of the contract will be extended one (1) year.
As your negotiations committee compiles all changes to the current agreement, we will make them available to you.
Posted June 25, 2014:
LOCAL LODGE 1833
IAMAW Airline Local Lodge 1833 President and Executive Board members are pleased to announce the appointment of the following member to the IAMAW Airline Local 1833 Executive Board Conductor Sentinel position
The Executive Board extends Congratulations and Best Wishes to Brother Iacono in this position!
This position is effective immediately and will continue until the next Local Lodge election.
Mary A. Sansom
Airline Local 1833, IAMAW
Posted June 16, 2014:
IAM, US Airways Reach Tentative Fleet Service Agreement
A BREAKING-NEWS UPDATE FROM DISTRICT LODGE 141:
Brothers and Sisters,
The District Lodge 141 negotiating committee met with US Airways and NMB officials in Washington DC this last week and continued talks throughout the weekend.
After almost three years of negotiating, we are pleased to announce that we have reached a tentative agreement with US Airways.
Below are highlights of the proposed tentative agreement. In accordance with District Lodge 141 bylaws, the negotiating committee is working diligently to compile all changes to the tentative agreement from the current collective bargaining agreement for the membership to review.
Once that document is completed, it will be distributed to the membership through local committee chairman as well as be placed on the District Lodge 141 website.
Once this information is distributed to all locations we will schedule membership meetings to explain the tentative agreement and answer any questions or concerns that the members may have. Thereafter a date will then be set for the contract ratification process.
Your negotiating committee was faced with many challenges from the beginning of this process. The biggest obstacle was the announcement of the merger with American Airlines. We believe your negotiations committee was successful in achieving a stand alone agreement that addresses the current needs of the membership and provides significant gains in moving forward to the second step of joint collective bargaining with our alliance partner the TWU.
Your negotiating committee believes that this tentative agreement achieves our goal and recommends unanimous ratification of this tentative agreement.
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