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Welcome Era employees!

Welcome to our website. Feel free to look around our public areas where you will find our most recent Collective Bargaining Agreement.

As an employee represented by the Union, you can enjoy all the benefits of this  contract. This contract establishes your wages, hours, benefits, and working conditions, and also:

THE CONTRACT protects your seniority, which will become increasingly important to you the longer you are working for this employer;

THE CONTRACT outlines the process for integrating merging work forces, which is mandated by Federal Law to be fair and equitable to both groups;

THE CONTRACT prohibits discipline or discharge by your employer, except for just cause, once you have completed your probationary period;

THE CONTRACT provides for vacations paid for by your employer and negotiated by the Local Union;

THE CONTRACT establishes a grievance procedure with binding arbitration to take up and resolve your complaints in a way that gets results; and

THE CONTRACT provides many more benefits, all of which are detailed in the written agreement negotiated by the Local Union.

Perhaps the greatest benefit of being covered by a Local Union contract is the knowledge and security that the provisions cannot be changed whenever the employer decides. No changes can be made without negotiations with the Local Union. The Local Union and the employer do negotiate new agreements when the current agreements become amendable. At that time, we seek improvements in your wages and working conditions,  then the members get to vote on it.

Without a Union, employees are considered to be “at will” which means the Company can change any conditions or the pay-scale at a whim, and the employee is “at will” to leave if they don’t like it. Senior management of any company always has a contract for themselves, which gives them guaranteed benefits. So why shouldn’t all employees have similar protection?

In addition to the specific benefits of the Local Union contract, when you become a member of this Local Union, you will be able to:

VOTE YOUR CONSCIENCE on acceptance or rejection of proposed contracts that would set your wages, benefits and working conditions;

FULLY PARTICIPATE in Union activities including the development of contract proposals and the election of officers;

BENEFIT from numerous programs such as OPEIU scholarships, discount cards, discount coupons, and other services available only to Union members and their families.

Bristow/ERA Merger

Greetings all,

By now everyone has probably heard about the recent announcement concerning the merger between Bristow and ERA. The OPEIU International has been through several aviation mergers with OPEIU Local 109, Air Methods. Together with our International Reps, we will be working with the Company to insure the rights of all of our members are protected. I’m sure there are many questions you may have. With that in mind, we will be holding member meetings to address your concerns as best as possible.

Until the details are worked out at the corporate level, we won’t know what effect this will have on either workforce. We have a verbal assurance from Bristow that when the dust settles we will be Bristow and we will remain a Unionized workforce. The biggest issue that our members have is, “How will the two workforces be combined?” This is regulated by 49 USC 42112: Labor Requirements of Air Carriers and the Allegheny-Mohawk Labor Protective Provisions.

In short, these Allegheny-Mohawk Labor Protective Provisions (“LPPs”) require that the carrier make provisions “for the integration of seniority lists in a fair and equitable manner,” including negotiation with union representatives and binding arbitration in covered transactions. The participants in this negotiation/arbitration process are the affected employee groups, and the carrier or carriers involved. The interests of unionized employee groups are represented by their union, while interests of non-unionized employee groups may be represented by employee committees or by the carrier.

We will keep you informed as more information becomes available. Thank you for your continued support, and together we will work through this to be a stronger and better helicopter company.

Respectfully submitted,
George Evans
President
OPEIU Local 407