Wed, Dec 23, 2009
Informational Picketing Conducted By Teamsters
Mechanics for Continental Airlines
engaged in informational picketing at the airline's major hubs in
Newark, Cleveland, Orlando, Houston, Los Angeles, San Francisco and
Seattle Tuesday. The mechanics are represented by the International
Brotherhood of Teamsters.
The Teamsters mechanics passed out literature to the flying
public explaining the importance of maintenance work and their
complaints with Continental.
The Teamsters and Continental management have been bargaining
for more than a year to renew the collective bargaining agreement
covering more than 3,600 mechanics.
Negotiations stalled when the company held to its initial
economic proposal in September. Teamsters mechanics are upset that
they have been without a raise for seven years. The company has
made permanent pay cuts that were instituted as an emergency
cost-saving measure to avoid bankruptcy in 2005.
A federal mediator appointed by the National Mediation Board
will oversee negotiations starting in January. If mediated
negotiations do not result in an agreement, the NMB may ultimately
allow the mechanics to conduct a labor action.
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