IBT Pres Hoffa At Press Conf With SF Mayor and Response By AMFA 9 President
|From: International Brotherhood of Teamsters
Join General President Jim Hoffa in Showing Solidarity for United Airline Mechanics
THE INTERNATIONAL Brotherhood of Teamsters has been working since 2005 with a group of United Airlines mechanics to represent the airline's mechanics. Approximately 9,300 active and furloughed mechanics are voting until March 31st on whether to have the Teamsters represent them.
The UAL mechanics have been through a lot: over 3,000 mechanics (including over 1,000 from the San Francisco maintenance base) have been furloughed in the past three years, mechanics' no longer enjoy retirement security since their pension was terminated and recently UAL announced plans to sell off the huge San Francisco maintenance base.
One of the main concerns for UAL mechanics is outsourcing. UAL currently outsources more than 40 percent of its maintenance work to foreign stations. We are greatly concerned with UAL's potential plan to sell its San Francisco maintenance facility--that would cost the city more than 4,500 jobs.
Let's show our support for the UAL mechanics! President Hoffa will be holding a news conference with San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom Wednesday, March 5th, to voice their opposition to United Airlines' outsourcing of maintenance work.
We need you to show that the Teamsters are behind the mechanics as they vote. We need a big turnout to fill City Hall plaza, where the news conference will take place.
Please join us!
WHERE: San Francisco City Hall (front steps)
1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place
WHEN: Wednesday, March 5th at 10 a.m.
AMFA Local 9 President Joseph Prisco
Tuesday, March 04, 2008 9:15 AM
Subject: Press release Local 9
HOFFA GRANDSTANDS ON AIRLINE OUTSOURCING
San Francisco, CA, March 4, 2008 - Teamster President James Hoffa is
staging a press appearance with San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom at City
Hall on March 5 to allegedly talk about airline maintenance outsourcing.
Why is San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom being duped into standing with a
union official who represents few aircraft mechanics at SFO? Why now?
Obviously he is not aware of the real facts at UAL.
The Aircraft Mechanics Fraternal Association (AMFA) Local 9 President
Joseph Prisco says, "The Teamsters are masters of hype. The press
conference is nothing more than a grandstanding news event to falsely
present to the public that the Teamsters are fighting for mechanics at
United Airlines and other carriers." The "news event" takes place
because of a raid by Teamsters at United Airlines (NASDAQ: UAUA) between
the present union AMFA and the Teamsters. AMFA represents most of the
unionized mechanics at SFO."
The Teamsters are suddenly talking tough on airline maintenance
outsourcing but they don't "walk the talk" at their represented
airlines. Take for example, the work performed by Teamster maintenance
workers at Continental Airlines (NYSE: CAL), a group they have
represented for over 10 years. According to a 2006 Bureau of
Transportation Statistics report, Continental Airlines outsources over
48% of its maintenance. Their contract contains no outsourcing limits,
compared with the contractual limit at UAL of 20%.
"It's important to realize that the Teamster's contract at Continental
allows work to be done overseas in locations such as Brazil, Spain, Hong
Kong and elsewhere. Making an issue of UAL sending a few planes to China
and Korea in exchange for engine overhauls and other work sent to the US
by those same countries to be worked by AMFA m
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