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.
OPEIU Local 407