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    66 BILLION ($$$$$$) for A M T R A K !!!

    Well, AMTRAK works on the North East Corridor. I can't say about anywhere else in the country. Being from NJ, replacing the Portal Bridge, and building another rail tunnel across the Hudson (the Gateway Tunnel) is two projects that is well needed. That is a MUST, since it is a major problem...
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    Get jabbed or get fired...

    I kind of figured that was going to happen. Justice Barrett's decision kind of told you which way this was going to go. The same Judge Pittman (who first ordered the stay) changed his decision to uphold the mandate. Just following precedent, I guess. And it looks like it won't get kicked...
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    Get jabbed or get fired...

    I told you (in previous posts) that they were going to go the 5th Circuit to get a stay. And the judges on that court make a decision for a temporary stay. Let's see if this gets kicked upstairs to the Supreme Court, or / and which Justice who oversees that Circuit make a recommendation to...
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    Get jabbed or get fired...

    That's what I thought. You can still receive unemployment, even if the company contests it, because it will be a violation of State law. I just wanted that clarified. So TX will have to pass a law to make sure that one would receive it. Makes sense. I don't know the breakdown (workgroups)...
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    Get jabbed or get fired...

    What about the Interstate Commerce Clause? Just throwing that into the mix. If a law is passed, I think that this still be hard to enforce. Between the State; the Company; and the Feds, this will wind up in the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals (and even though it is a conservative court)...
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    Get jabbed or get fired...

    I also understand that you can't file for FMLA either for the medical exemption. The company won't sign off on that option either. Just like the unemployment situation. That was stated when the announcements were made about this during a Q&A. I think you can use any vacation or sick time that...
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    Get jabbed or get fired...

    But these are PRIVATE companies making these decisions, not governmental entities. How is a State going to affirm all of this? Politicians are walking a fine line in all of this between serving constituents and companies (who funds campaigns). AA and WN (and to a smaller extent UA @IAH) are...
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    Get jabbed or get fired...

    Yes. There is an extension until Oct. 15. Otherwise, if you are exempted, you will be put on unpaid leave, You won't be able to draw unemployment either (UA said they will contest any claim). That's this Friday when they will be in effect. A group (I think some pilots) are trying to get this...
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    Get jabbed or get fired...

    Well according to our Labor Relations dept, about 95% of management and about 90% of frontline are vaccinated. The deadline is Monday after next. (the 27th). I got my shots at our hub clinic (which was an easy process) back in May / June, and had a reaction both times (dead arm where the shot...
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    United Considering Outsourcing Catering

    I'm not sure about the warehouse / kitchen workers. They do not work or go outside to the ramp area, so more than likely they will have to go thru the necessary checks, etc. to receive SIDA, but as far as the drivers, (I know in my location), that the requirements are the same for anyone who...
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    United Considering Outsourcing Catering

    Well, those who got SIDA credentials (drivers) or other workers can transfer into the ramp (to keep some sort of seniority - Company; boarding; vacation) while the hiring is starting back up. (They will have preferential hiring before going to the street for new hires) Once the transition is...
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    UAL / IAM contract Question.

    EWR. We have a large kitchen here, so I know how things work. The drivers now have the same uniforms that we on the ramp wear, except they have purple accents on their sleeves instead of blue that the ramp wears. I know a lot of people that came to the ramp from Chelsea. It is definitely...
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    UAL / IAM contract Question.

    The drivers are part of UNITE. They are not IAM (which is ramp & stores). They just unionized a either a couple of years ago, and they were moved to the Airport Operations Group at the end of last year. Which is why I was wondering why the RFP or move to outsource them, since they brought them...
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    United Considering Outsourcing Catering

    I was surprised about this move, but figured it was going to happen. UA Food Service (the new name for Chelsea) was just brought into the Airport Operations group for almost two years ago. Chelsea was always outside Operations, and was kept separate. They are now wearing new uniforms just like...
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    Extension of CARES act less likely

    At UA, we can't wear masks with a valve or a filter while working, or for passengers boarding an aircraft. It can either be a N95; surgical type; or cloth mask, or a neck gaiter that covers up to your nose. All UA employees have been receiving branded washable cloth masks - I think that Clorox...
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    Extension of CARES act less likely

    Well we are still in a pandemic........ help is still needed! Those airline workers (some my compatriots) and other workers will need help if anything doesn't happen by tonight. The furloughs will happen, since plans are already in motion to operate - minus those employees. Why is a trillion...
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    Extension of CARES act less likely

    Is this a "standalone" separate bill? I'm surprised they (the Senate - and do they have the votes since some of their "libertarian" members do not want any additional spending at all) would do that, since airline help was in the House "Heroes Act" which no movement was done. Can President...
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    Extension of CARES act less likely

    It's funny you mention Amazon, and their large (and expanding) fleet of vehicles. From what I understand, Amazon will be using a lot of electric and flex fuel vehicles. Which will be a main cost saver. You see them all on the road, and the commercials on television touting the use of electric...
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    Extension of CARES act less likely

    The "Postal Accountability Act" of 2008 (in a lame duck session of Congress) caused this problem. It made the PO pay for pension liabilities for people that hasn't even worked there yet (the unborn) for 50 years, within a 10 year span. No other business in the history of business (public or...
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    American looking to "right-size" the company and staffing levels for the Fall and 2021

    I know. We have that problem as well, when we are short of leads, and no one will upgrade. Why would you give that up when you are already topped out. In my hub, we had to junior man leads to fill open slots. (They had to be trained and watched over). The IAM is big on Classification Time. In...