Update Frontline 4/25/2016


Your negotiating committee met this week on April 21st and April 22nd to finalize our counter proposal to United’s “Final Offer.” The meetings were held at Local 19 in Houston, Texas. All articles were reviewed to proof read and sign off on language changes determined at last week’s negotiating committee meeting. 

Thirty-eight percent of the membership completed a survey regarding bargaining priorities. The amount of data provided the committee data to compose an appropriate response to United’s “Final Offer.” Every hub participated in roughly the same rates and all three subsidiary groups participated in approximately equal percentages. 

The number one item required by the membership from the company is full retro pay in any tentative agreement moving forward. Our proposal will reflect this and other mandates from the membership. Other items that have significant support are industry-leading pay, pension equity and job security. The priority of the negotiating committee is to achieve the results the members are demanding through the survey: an industry-leading contract.

The committee listened to presentations from our economist, legal team and actuaries and held productive discussions to finalize components of our counter proposal to United. After a review, decisions were made on counter proposal details regarding retroactive pay, scope, pensions and wages. 

At this point, the committee has finalized your counter proposal. Thank you for your support and feedback. Dates will be proposed for face-to-face negotiations with the company soon.


In Solidarity,


Your Negotiating Committee

Negotiating Committee Update



April 15, 2016


Your negotiating committee met this week on April 13th and 14th  to discuss United’s “Final Offer” that was rightly rejected by over 93 percent. The meetings were held at Local 856 in San Bruno, California for the purpose of building a counter offer. The obligation to respond is ours. To that end, an article-by-article review was conducted to determine necessary changes to be made based on membership survey responses and remarks.

We began the session this week with a report from committees, including benefits, which resulted in a conversation on health care. The membership throughout the system has indicated several positions on the subject and it is clear that we should continue to research options for premium health care benefits at a minimal cost to the membership. After a review and discussions with the committee and TeamCare representatives, TeamCare has been removed from the proposal.

Other highlights of key contract points discussed in the meetings included a review of the company’s rejected proposal cost against the cost of the new proposal and the depth on which scope language should be expanded.

The committee identified areas that will require further input from our economist, actuaries and legal team as we work to finalize the details of this proposal. The full committee will meet again at Local 19 in Houston, Texas on April 21st and April 22nd  to finalize our counter proposal. Thank you for your feedback and support.


In Solidarity,


Your Negotiating Committee