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I want to make sure everyone is updated with the latest news on the VSP. We received the list of names of those who accepted the packages. They are currently waiting on receipt of two more, but the Company tells us they have contacted those individuals and confirmed the packages were sent but simply have not arrived in Houston yet due to the weather situation last week.

The totals are as follows:
130 Mechanics for a total of $8,629,917.27
60 Pilots for a total of $3,176,302.92
Combined Total 190 employees for a total of $11,806,220.19

None of this would have been possible or even considered had we not had our Union. If the vote fails now, will the new management give the employees that remain the same offer in case of more layoffs? Will they put it in writing? If you can get that in writing, then congratulations! You have just bargained the first Article of a Union Contract. And having a Union is what makes your voice count!

Dear Era Mechanics and Technicians

With the Union election pending, some of you have asked “What can the Union do for me?” First, you MUST understand that YOU are The Union. You will be able to elect your Representatives. You will be able to vote on your contract and any future changes to that contract. Therefore, the more important question is, “What can a Union Contract do for me?”

A Union Contract allows you to have a legal voice regarding wages, benefits, and working conditions. Once a Union Contract is negotiated nothing in it can be changed without you agreeing to it.

Without a Contract, management is free to change, amend or modify any of your working conditions at any time without any input from you.

Every non-union company has an employment Policy Manual that defines wages, benefits, and working conditions for their workforce. But these Policy Manuals also have a section that states: Management reserves the right to change, amend, or modify any part of this policy manual at any time.

Senior management wants you to believe they will look after you and have made statements that are not factual in an effort to get you to vote against your own best interest.

Do you know the CEO and high-level managers have binding employment contracts, similar to Union Contracts, that provide them with employment guarantees? They protect themselves but want you to believe that you do not need the same thing.

If you have not done so yet, please visit our website to review the current Union Contract and remember everything negotiated in it is legally binding. Nothing can be changed without agreement from the mechanics and technicians.

So in these uncertain times with the merger, it seems now is the time for all of us to band together to ensure our wages, benefits, and working conditions remain secure and we are legally protected.

OPEIU Local 407 Yes!

A Better Future for all Mechanics and Technicians!