United Airlines Engineers Hold A Picket To Spur Contract Negotiations

 
On June 15, members of the International Federation of Professional and Technical Engineers (IFPTE) held an informational picket outside the United Airlines maintenance terminal in San Bruno, California. Theirs is the last unsigned contract for United workers.They've been without one for the past two years.

Engineers from Boeing Aircraft, which supplies United with many of their aircraft, came from Seattle, Oregon to support the San Francisco Airport crew. Jennifer MaKay, President of the Society of Professional Engineering Employees in Aerospace and Boeing engineer, said that United's engineers are being paid up to 40% less than market value. In the last two years, 150 engineers have left.

Lawrence Tongas, member of the IFPTE Local 20 bargaining committee said United is expected to exit bankruptcy this year, and when that happens the stock held by employees will no longer be of any financial value. Tongas, a 14 year veteran with the company explained that United employees all took salary cuts in exchange for stock. However, the stock which was valued at $100 a share in the early 90's quickly dropped to $1 a share. Pensions were terminated and retirements ruined.

United employs about 310 engineers nationwide. 250 at SFO, 50 in Indianapolis, 10 in Chicago. Negotiations are ongoing.

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On June 15, members of the International Federation of Professional and Technical Engineers (IFPTE) held an informational picket outside the United Airlines maintenance terminal in San Bruno, California. Theirs is the last unsigned contract for United workers.They've been without one for the past two years.

Engineers from Boeing Aircraft, which supplies United with many of their aircraft, came from Seattle, Oregon to support the San Francisco Airport crew. Jennifer MaKay, President of the Society of Professional Engineering Employees in Aerospace and Boeing engineer, said that United's engineers are being paid up to 40% less than market value. In the last two years, 150 engineers have left.

Lawrence Tongas, member of the IFPTE Local 20 bargaining committee said United is expected to exit bankruptcy this year, and when that happens the stock held by employees will no longer be of any financial value. Tongas, a 14 year veteran with the company explained that United employees all took salary cuts in exchange for stock. However, the stock which was valued at $100 a share in the early 90's quickly dropped to $1 a share. Pensions were terminated and retirements ruined.

United employs about 310 engineers nationwide. 250 at SFO, 50 in Indianapolis, 10 in Chicago. Negotiations are ongoing.

Read More With Photos

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