On August 15, 2017, District Lodge 142 President/Directing General Chair Dave Supplee notified British Airways Vice President Doug Caines via certified mail that any future or continued meetings to secure a new Collective Bargaining Agreement are being cancelled by the Union. This step is being taken based on the many unknowns relating to the situation surrounding potential management misconduct that could be directly related to our negotiations. Our future negotiating activity will depend on how events and information develops.
The Union will carefully analyze all information received concerning the alleged misconduct to ascertain whether any actions, legal or illegal, have any undue influence on past, present or future negotiations or IAM members at British Airways. This is in the best interest of everyone. District 142 simply cannot be assured that any negotiating strategy or proposals from the Company are genuine or can be taken seriously. Our suspension of negotiations allows us time to evaluate the Company responses, actions and information disclosures to truly bargain in good faith. This provides the safest path to achieve a fair and equitable agreement.
There is no room in this situation for rumors and innuendo so please be mindful when talking about what you hear. It serves no purpose and only harms people in the long run. The only source for accurate information concerning these negotiations will be from District Lodge 142 and will be released on District letterhead only. I certainly have appreciated the constructive dialogue with most everyone thus far and how everyone has been handling the information as it is received.
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With best wishes, I remain
Sincerely and fraternally,
James M. Samuel
cc: S. Pantoja
142 Executive Board
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