NMB Denies UPS Airline Mechanics Release From Negotiations


  Bookmark and Share

NMB Denies UPS Airline Mechanics Release From Negotiations

By Steve Hall

June 2, 2010 - The International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT), Airline Division lasts week sent a request to the National Mediation Board that it release the aircraft mechanics of United Parcel Service from contract negotiations after more than four years of bargaining without reaching an agreement. The National Mediation Board (NBB) has denied that request and sent a notice to UPS and the union on Tuesday.

“UPS is pleased that the NMB has denied the Teamsters' request for a release from mediation because we believe the company and union can reach an agreement through on-going negotiations.”

The NMB’s notice states simply that the record of the negotiations to date demonstrates a release is not in order at this time. The decision means that UPS and Local 2727 remain in recess, subject to the mediator's call back to the negotiating table.


“It is important to remember that our mechanics already have the best jobs in their industry and we are offering to enhance their position. We are ready to finalize a contract that rewards our employees while allowing us to remain competitive. We look forward to returning to the table.”

IBT said that “UPS' aircraft mechanics simply want a fair agreement that recognizes we have been without a new contract since 2006,” said Robert Combine, UPS aircraft mechanic and President of Teamsters Local 2727 in Louisville, KY.

Combine continued, “Our Company has made substantial profits since 2006, even considering the economic downturn last year; yet UPS has been unwilling to make a reasonable settlement offer, especially on the questions of job security for our members against foreign outsourcing and protecting our health benefits. “The IBT has put forward a reasonable proposal to serve as a basis for final settlement, but UPS has refused to do the same.”


Under the terms of the Railway Labor Act, the IBT had requested that the National Mediation Board release UPS and its aircraft mechanics from mediation and make a proffer of binding arbitration. Either party may reject that offer of arbitration, which would then trigger a 30-day “cooling off” period countdown to a potential strike. Local 2727 is pleased to have the support of the UPS Pilots.

Concerning the potential for a strike at UPS, Combine stated, “UPS' aircraft mechanics voted overwhelmingly in favor of a strike if the company refused to make a reasonable contract offer.  We do not wish to go out on strike.  But UPS will leave us no choice if it insists on its unreasonable position.” 

“The IBT and its 1.4 million members, including over 200,000 Teamsters at UPS, stand strongly behind the Teamster UPS aircraft mechanics in their effort for a fair agreement,” stated Capt. David Bourne, Director of the Teamsters Airline Division. “More than four years of unsuccessful bargaining is far too long.  That's why we were compelled to ask the National Mediation Board to move this dispute to the final stage in an effort to push the Company to a reasonable deal.”

Bourne has said last week that “this is one of the tools available for Local 2727 to expedite the process and hopefully get the contract they deserve,” Thrush said. “IPA fully supports Local 2727’s endeavors to get the best contract in the industry. Combine concluded, “We hope this action will persuade UPS to finally make the good faith effort to resolve our long dispute.”

UPS (NYSE: UPS) is a world leader in package delivery and freight services. With more than a century of experience in transportation and logistics, UPS is a leading global trade expert equipped with a broad portfolio of solutions. Headquartered in Atlanta, Ga., UPS serves more than 200 countries and territories worldwide.
Other News Stories

Home Aviation News Aviation Stories Of Interest FAA Exam Upcoming Events Links To Other Sites General Aviation Helicopters Medical Factors Facing Pilots
Maintenance and Aircraft Mechanics Hot Air Balloon Aviation Training Handbooks Read Online Aviation History Legal Issues In Aviation Sea Planes Editorials
 ©AvStop Online Magazine                                                                 Contact Us                                                  Return To News                                          Bookmark and Share


AvStop Aviation News and Resource Online Magazine

Grab this Headline Animator