Members of the British Airline Pilots’ Association recently voted to strike against CHC Helicopters after they were unable to provide an acceptable pay rise offer. However, strike action has been evaded as the pilots have accepted CHC’s new offer of a 9.27% pay raise till September 2020, reports Energy Voice.
North Sea helicopter pilots have voted to strike after negotiations between their employer, CHC, and Balpa, the pilots union. The decision to strike came from a ballot where 94% voted for strike action. They are legally allowed to take industrial action in the following bases; Sumburgh, Norwich, Aberdeen and Humberside. CHC has commented that they… Read more »
Lockheed has announced that up to 200 employees are potentially going to be affected by lay-offs in their Jupiter facility. Teamsters Local 1150 is currently looking for replacement positions within the company for those affected. The names of those to be laid-off are not yet finalized, reports wptv.
Trade union Unite has asked its members if they would join in a strike, should the Super Puma helicopter return to North Sea operations. Many oil and gas companies including Statoil ASA, Shell UK and BP plc have severed links with the Super Pumas, after the fatal crash in Norway in April 2016, reports Rigzone.
After a meeting with Denel CEO Zwelakhe Ntshepe, CFO Odwa Mhlwana and trade unions, National Union of Metalworkers, Uasa and Solidarity, it has come to light that Denel does not have the funds to pay December salaries to its 4000 employees. The company has been experiencing extreme liquidity issues, so much so that South African… Read more »
The All India Civil Aviation Employees’ Union, made up of over 300 workers, is planning to purchase the government’s 51% stake of Pawan Hans. The stake is valued at Rs 500 crore, reports India Times. They are currently drawing up a proposal and should the plan go ahead, it will be known as a “historic… Read more »
Sikorsky Aircraft workers voted this past Sunday on a new contract that will enable raises that add up to over 15% over the next five years. Both unions and Sikorsky worked together to reach an agreement that benefited both sides, reports Courant.
The American FAA will be conducting an audit from Monday, August 21, till the following Friday, on the Nigerian Aviation Sector. And while the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority and the Accident Investigation Bureau prepare for this, the National Association of Aircraft Pilots and Engineers are concerned that they will fail. As reported by Sahara Reporters,… Read more »
Prospect has signed recognition agreement with Babcock Mission Critical Services (BCMS) for Engineering and Mechanical staff after two year battle. The voluntary agreement follows a Central Arbitration Committee ballot of engineers in which staff voted for Prospect to represent them. 73% of staff took part and with not a single ballot against. In negotiation with the… Read more »
The Indian government has called on SBI Caps to ready the documents for disinvestment for Pawan Hans as well as act as a transaction advisor. The disinvestment looks to be complete by March 2018. Also working on the matter is RBSA who is the “asset valuer” and Crawford Baylay & Co who is supervising legal… Read more »
Through All India Civil Aviation Employees Union, representatives of Pawan Hans met up with Ashok Gajapathi, the civil aviation minister. They sent in a memorandum asking that the company be allowed to put into action their IPO plan, before the company is sold. The government has a 51% stake in the company and Oil and… Read more »
The UK Government gave Boeing permission to build a new base in Boscombe Down as well as a contract for 50 Apache helicopters. Boeing has received some negative feedback from Leonardo Helicopters and their respective employee unions over job security in Yeovil. Nick Whitney, Boeing’s Spokesperson, has stated that they have no intention of moving… Read more »
The sale of Pawan Hans has caused employees to turn to unions. The Prime Minister’s Office has received a letter from All India Civil Aviation Employee’s Union, stating that the sale of the company has been made in an arbitrary manner and without proper thought towards its history and financial performance, reports Aviation India. The… Read more »
Caverton Helicopters recently let go 150 of their staff without a severance package, only a month’s pay. The two leading aviation unions; National Union of Air Transport Employees (NUATE) and Air Transport Services Senior Staff Association (ATSSSAN) took up the issue and for two hours protested at the Caverton office inside the Murtala Muhammed International… Read more »
This past Wednesday, The National Association of Aircrafts Pilots and Engineers (NAAPE) closed down Bristow Helicopters nationwide after Bristow’s management retrenched 10 Nigerian pilots and 13 Nigerian engineers. This caused the branches in Port Harcourt, Warri and Lagos to all shut down, reports Daily Trust.
GKN Aerospace’s firm in Yeovil, Somerset has taken a knock as Leonardo has decided to make production of all aspects of AW159 Wildcat production to an in-house operation. The Unite workers union has stated that the announcement has come as a big shock. The loss of contract has meant that GKN Yeovil will either be… Read more »
50 in Connecticut and Florida today overwhelmingly ratified the company proposal, ensuring that Teamsters will build the CH-53K helicopters. MEMBERS VOTING TO ACCEPT: 2104 MEMBERS VOTING TO REJECT: 140 Below are details of the agreement: COMPANY PROPOSAL TO LOCAL 1150 I. Two Tier Wage Scale – effective 7/1/2017 Introduce a two-tier wage system for all… Read more »
Sikorsky’s worker union, the Teamsters, is asking for approval of its members for a 25% pay cut for new employees who are hired after 1 July 2017. These concessions include the new two-tier wage system, a pension change where the company pays into a savings plan, a change in the hours of a working week…. Read more »
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is working with commercial airlines and pilots’ unions to improve mental health evaluations, and encourage voluntary reporting of pilot mental health issues. An Aviation Rulemaking Committee (ARC) comprised of aviation and medical experts has made several recommendations about pilot medical fitness. “Safety is always our first… Read more »
The British Airline Pilots’ Association (BALPA) has welcomed the announcement in the Queen’s Speech that the Government will introduce new regulations on drones in a forthcoming Modern Transport Bill. Jim McAuslan, BALPA General Secretary, said: “We are pleased that the Government is planning to bring forward drone legislation in a new bill. The number of… Read more »
Ahead of the second anniversary of the Sumburgh offshore helicopter tragedy, Unite has called on the UK government to urgently revisit the recommendation of the previous parliament’s Transport Select Committee for a public inquiry into offshore helicopter safety. The death of four offshore workers when their helicopter ditched in the waters off the Sumburgh coast… Read more »
Over a third of helicopter pilots operating in the North Sea met last night in Aberdeen at a meeting convened by BALPA to hear an update on the negotiations over planned redundancies. The meeting was appalled to hear the employers’ approach to the redundancies, at the ruthless exploitation of the weak market by the oil… Read more »
Local 1150 of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters is now being run by a trustee after an independent investigation determined its leaders were not following proper checks and balances in the union’s operation. See Full Story
Boeing employees represented by the International Union, United Automobile, Aerospace and Agricultural Implement Workers of America (UAW) Local 1069 ratified an eight-year contract on Oct. 19. The represented employees work at the Boeing site in Ridley Park, Pa., and the contract will be in effect until 2022. “Our goal has always been to recognize the… Read more »
The Independent Review Board (IRB) has brought embezzlement charges against Harvey Jackson, the president of Local 1150, which represents Sikorsky Aircraft Teamsters at plants in Connecticut, Alabama, and Florida. The charges and investigative report are available here. Jackson is charged with using the union credit card to buy at least $13,000 worth of electronics for… Read more »
BBC News is reporting that the Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union is seeking the cancellation of a seminar which is looking at the legal implication of the CAA’s offshore safety review. In particular they are concerned that the event will be used to advise employers of offshore workers how to relieve them of their… Read more »
The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) today announced an important organizing victory for 450 military helicopter mechanics, technicians and maintenance personnel employed by L3 at the Corpus Christi Army Depot (CCAD) in Corpus Christi, TX. The L3 employees voted for IAM representation by a solid 68% margin on April 2 in a… Read more »
Transport and offshore union RMT today issued a fresh call for First Minister Alex Salmond to take immediate and decisive action to establish a public inquiry into helicopter safety and a series of wider, associated issues relating to safety in the North Sea offshore industry. RMT has written to the First Minister and is awaiting… Read more »
Late Sunday afternoon, Sikorsky workers voted overwhelmingly (2098 to 66) in favour of a new four-year deal that includes 10% wage increases over the life of the contract, $4,000 in signing bonuses ($2,000 paid in each of the first 2 years), a 15% increase in the pension multiplier and a 20% increase to the cash balance… Read more »
In response to Bond Air Services decision to ground its fleet of EC 135s, BALPA said: “Pilots are looking to the regulator, the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA)and European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) to take charge and provide the industry with the information that has informed the decision to ground the Bond EC-135 fleet. Flight safety… Read more »
Safety consultant Ronnie McDonald also said the issues raised by Unite are already being addressed by the Helicopter Safety Steering Group, which features the offshore unions, including Unite. See full story
Unite’s Back Home Safe campaign was formally launched in Aberdeen by Tommy Campbell, Unite Regional Officer, and Chris Gordon from Thompson’s Solicitors. In attendance were Unite representatives from throughout the Oil & Gas Industry. The importance of the campaign was emphasised by Tommy who demanded that Oil and Gas UK take immediate and meaningful action…. Read more »
Unite the union have invited media to the launch on Wednesday 6th November of their ‘Back Home Safe’ campaign which calls for immediate improvements to the safety of offshore helicopter flights on the North Sea. The union’s demands which reflect the wishes and concerns of Unite members and the wider offshore workforce call for; Safer emergency… Read more »
The contract, which takes effect immediately, was approved by 93 percent of members who voted on Sunday morning at the University of Texas at Arlington’s Texas Hall. It covers more than 2,500 machinists, packers and forklift operators at the manufacturer. See full story UPDATE 14.Oct.13 Bell later issued this statement Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc…. Read more »
Bell Helicopter and United Auto Workers (UAW)Local 218 have reached a “tentative agreement” on a new contract, which union members will vote on Sunday. The union has posted the following on its website to the workers it represents SUNDAY, OCTOBER 13, 2013 at 10:30am UTA TEXAS HALL, 701 W. Nedderman Drive, Arlington, TX The Union has… Read more »
Please see below a comment from the British Airline Pilots’ Association (BALPA) on today’s announcement that the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) will be conducting a review into North Sea aviation safety. ‘We will consult with those members currently operating in the North Sea as to their views on the effectiveness of a CAA-led review, but… Read more »
Unions in France are in consultation with Eurocopter regarding the proposed transfer of production of fifty AS350 helicopters from France to Mississippi. Also included is the production of parts for a further ten airframes. HeliHub.com understands that this move is a result of US military budget cuts which are expected to halt the American Eurocopter… Read more »
Bell’s Fort Worth facility suffered a strike by members of United Auto Workers Local 218 on Friday, but they return to work again today – Monday 9th. Those involved – over 2,500 machinists, packers, forklift operators etc – resorted to strike action after months of negotiations with Bell over healthcare and pension benefit changes the… Read more »
Bell Helicopter and United Auto Workers Local 218 have reached tentative agreement on about 10 issues in contract negotiations but remain apart on employee pensions, overtime and healthcare, the two sides said. see full story
Union workers at Bell Helicopter have rejected the company’s last and final contract offer by a vote of 85 to 15 percent. The vote took place at the Will Rogers Coliseum in Fort Worth. The contract expires at midnight Sunday. The union says the management’s latest offer would eliminate 200 jobs. (See Full Story)
“a trauma surgeon flying around in a helicopter, but it just doesn’t sound very realistic or geared towards patient care,” says the provincial president of the Ambulance Paramedics of BC (see full story)
The CFDT union, representing many Eurocopter France staff, has sent the following letter to Chief Executive Lutz Berling [electronic translation follows] As staff representatives Eurocopter, we learned from the press August 30, 2012, the signing of an MOU with “the Tianjin Free Trade Zone” (TFTZ) for the creation of an industrial and Squirrels customization. This… Read more »
Commenting on the decision by Shell to withdraw from a contract with Bond helicopters following threeÂ incidents in three years, Jim McAuslan, General Secretary of the British Airline Pilots’ Association, said: ‘People are used to contracts changing; it is part of commercial life in the North Sea. What is of concern in this instance is… Read more »
Oil service industry helicopter pilots in theÂ Gulf of MexicoÂ andAlaska, members of the Office and Professional Employees International Union (OPEIU) Local 107 employed by Bristow LLC, have voted to ratify a three-year agreement covering 235 pilots. The agreement comes after 18 months of negotiations and was ratified by 84.3 percent of the voting members.Â The secret… Read more »
The Association of Allied Health Professionals is voicing concerns on behalf of its members who operate the Medical Flight Program.Â The AAHP has been working with Eastern Health and the Department of Health and Community Services to have the safety issues addressed over the past few months to no avail. Sharon King, Executive Director stated… Read more »
Members would be aware that negotiations for a new Enterprise Agreement (EA) for Engineers at Bristow Helicopters have recently commenced. The first EA meeting was held at the Bristow HQ in Perth on 22nd November and at this meeting the ALAEA and EC bargaining reps presented to the Company our bargaining claim. A further EA… Read more »
Emergency Medical Service (EMS) helicopter pilots, members of Office and Professional Employees International Union (OPEIU) Local 109 employed by Air Methods Corporation based in Denver, Colorado have ratified a new agreement covering more than 1,000 pilots. AMC operates in 45 states transporting close to 100,000 patients annually as the nation’s largest provider of air medical… Read more »
It could take weeks for Sikorsky Aircraft and Teamsters Local 1150 to hammer out details over looming layoffs at the helicopter maker after a deadline for submitting names of union workers who want a voluntary separation package passed onÂ Friday.Â (Full story)
Brothers and Sisters, By now Iâ€™m sure that all of you are aware of the situation that occurred at our plant last week.Â Iâ€™d like to take this opportunity to speak to both you the members and to all employees here at our Boeing Philadelphia Facility.Â In the past we have faced many different crisis… Read more »
Staff at Wattisham, which services the UKâ€™s fleet of Apache helicopters which are currently on operations in Libya and Afghanistan, have overwhelmingly voted to accept the new deal from their employers, Morson Wynnwith. (Full story)
French union CFDT has raised at complaint with the French Government over Eurocopter’s move to open a centralised service centre in Ireland – as we reported on 15th August.Â Previously, each Eurocopter entity throughout the world had its own technical assistance structure. EIS (“Eurocopter International Services “) will centralize the management of this â€“ from… Read more »
6 September 2011 – Engineers at Wattisham airbase in Suffolk, servicing Apache helicopters in Afghanistan, are set to take industrial action tomorrow (Wednesday 7 September) in their pay differential dispute that means that many are about Â£3,000-a-year worse off. Unite, which represents more than 100 employees working for Morson Wynnwith at Wattisham, was scheduled to… Read more »
Engineers at Wattisham airbase in Suffolk, servicing Apache helicopters in Afghanistan, are set to take strike action over a pay differential dispute that means that many are about Â£3,000-a-year worse off. More than 100 Unite members employed by Morson Wynnwith at Wattisham â€“ Prince Harryâ€™s home base – have voted overwhelmingly in favour of strike… Read more »
Britain’s Apache engineers could go out on strike if today’s pay negotiations are rejected, it has been reported.Â The Unite union is in discussions with engineering firm Morson Wynnwith who employ the engineers, and meet the company directors today to try to reach a compromise. Mark Robinson, regional officer for Unite, said: â€œThe company made… Read more »
The Office and Professional Employees International Union (OPEIU) and the Air Line Pilots Association International (ALPA) have entered into a service agreement to consult together on issues of importance to their respective pilot members.Â OPEIU represents approximately 3,000 pilots through its council, the Professional Helicopter Pilots Association (PHPA). OPEIU and ALPA, through its International Pilot… Read more »
Copy of letter from President of UAW local 1069 to members Dear Brothers and Sisters, Yesterday the Company notified us of their decisions on the Chinook Off-Load Packages.Â For the first time we were able to save more jobs than were lost.Â From a manpower standpoint if all of that work would have stayed, the… Read more »
In October, Local 505 of the Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU/NUPGE) filed a complaint with the Ontario Labour Relations Board (OLRB) alleging discrimination, intimidation and targeting of union activists at Ornge, formerly Ontario Air Ambulance. “We are pleased to announce that the complaint has now been withdrawn by the union prior to a formal… Read more »
The union representing oil workers on the Hibernia and Terra Nova offshore oil platforms is calling for speedy adoption of all of recommendations in the Offshore Helicopter Safety Inquiry report released yesterday. “We are especially pleased with the call for an independent safety regulator,” says Chuck Shewfelt, the Atlantic Regional Vice-President of the Communications, Energy… Read more »
The CAW is expressing alarm at the decision by ORNGE to move the Toronto Island Medivac helicopters to the Hamilton International Airport, which will dramatically reduce service to Canada’s largest city, the union says. “The decision to cut the service from Toronto Island Airport means that an important access point to the large highly specialized… Read more »
“The company has finally given your bargaining team their proposal.Â Your Union Leadership is reviewing this offer in its entirety.Â The offer is completely unacceptable.Â There are no other words or descriptions necessary.Â It is evident that your employer is unwilling to recognize your hard work and dedication with equity.”
The Boeing Company [NYSE: BA] and the United Automobile, Aerospace and Agricultural Implement Workers of America, United Aerospace Workers (UAW) Local 1069 today began formal negotiations for a new contract covering the 1,789 UAW-represented employees at the Boeing Rotorcraft Systems facility near Philadelphia. Informal negotiations, including sub-committee meetings, have been ongoing since mid-August.
The nearly 175 members of the Bell Production Engineering Assoc., who manage production and tooling of components at the companyâ€™s manufacturing plants, approved the contract by a three-to-one vote, the company said.
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and its largest union, the National Air Traffic Controllers Association (NATCA), have concluded a challenging mediation process that has produced a landmark labor agreement.
Members of United Auto Workers Local 218, which represents nearly 2,500 production employees at Bell, backed the company’s latest offer 2 to 1. The pact’s terms are largely unchanged from the offer that was rejected June 14 by roughly the same margin.