Pay Cuts for UAL Mechanics 3-29-2005

The union for United Airlines’ mechanics said Feb. 1 its members will not strike at least not during the next four months even though a bankruptcy court judge Jan. 31 temporarily imposed new pay cuts on the mechanics at United’s request. “Because the provisions of [the Feb. 1 court] ruling are temporar


The union for United Airlines’ mechanics said Feb. 1 its members will not strike at least not during the next four months even though a bankruptcy court judge Jan. 31 temporarily imposed new pay cuts on the mechanics at United’s request.

“Because the provisions of [the Feb. 1 court] ruling are temporary, we do not plan to pursue a strike or other form of self-help during this period,” said O.V. Delle-Femine, national director of the Aircraft Mechanics Fraternal Association (AFMA).

United AFMA members previously had voted to authorize a strike if the judge imposed cuts.

Judge Eugene Wedoff imposed a 9.8 percent pay cut and reduced sick leave benefits, but only until May 1, giving United and the AFMA time to reach an agreement.

“From the moment United contacts us to arrange the next meeting, we will resume giving this process all the urgency and attention it deserves,” Delle-Femine said. “It will be readily apparent in that first meeting whether the company is willing to do the same.”

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