United Airlines Employees to Picket PGA Tour in Houston
Instead, members of the union that represents United’s mechanics will be picketing to protest what the union terms an “unfair” contract offer and “misplaced priorities.”
The PGA Tour operates the main professional golf tour in the United States.
The airline’s mechanics, who are represented by the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, overwhelmingly voted against United’s recent contract offer in February and picketed at multiple airports to voice their disapproval of what they called the airline’s “hypocrisy” in spending significant sums of money on the PGA sponsorship versus paying their employees more. Picket lines were evident at George Bush Intercontinental, La Guardia, Los Angeles International, Newark Liberty, and San Francisco International airports.
There are over 9,000 mechanics in the bargaining unit, the union said, and 93% of them voted against accepting United’s final offer. A major sticking point was United’s proposal to implement a two-tier or b-scale wage system for newly hired mechanics.
“The membership voted strongly against this substandard agreement. The idea of implementing B-Scale wages for incoming mechanics is unacceptable,” said Capt. David Bourne, director of the Teamsters Airline Division, last month.
The airline’s CEO, Oscar Munoz, who recently returned to his position after a heart transplant, said that management was “eager” to return to the bargaining table. “I will personally meet with our labor leaders to make sure we reach an agreement that will work for our technicians,” he said in a statement last week.
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