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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

Tentative Agreement Reached

On Thursday, September 5th at approximately 8:00 PM Central time, your Strategic Bargaining Committee reached tentative agreement on all articles of our Collective Bargaining Agreement. We are now in the process of presenting the changes to the members so everyone can make an informed decision on the ratification of this new contract. We are doing this at live meetings with as many members as we can reach at our Gulf of Mexico bases, as well as providing the presentation and full CBA with highlighted changes in our members’ area of this website.

This new contract contains many improvements from our previous contract that you, the members have asked for as well as protecting your current rights and benefits. Therefore, both the OPEIU International and your OPEIU Local 407 Bargaining Committee strongly recommend ratification of this contract.

Voting will begin on Friday, September 20th at 2:00 PM Central time and will continue until Friday, September 27th at 2:00 PM Central time.