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Securing Our Future!

Welcome to the Official Teamsters Web Site for Mechanics & Related at UAL SFO!

The International Brotherhood of Teamsters is the most powerful and diverse Union in America, representing 1.4 million workers.

The Teamsters Airline Division represents more than 75,000 workers in the aviation industry in every class and craft.

Teamsters SFO 856/986 is proud to represent the over 3,000-strong United Airlines Mechanics & Related working at the SFO Point.  

The Teamsters are committed to securing jobs in the aviation industry by fighting the outsourcing that threatens our safety and security.












SFO Member Alerts

January  Business Agents’ Report

Transition Update, 1/4/2012 — 401(k) Information 

Negotiations Update — Agreement Approved, Next Steps -12/30/2011

Mechanics Approve Agreement – 12/29/2011

Business Agents’ December Report

Mechanics Licensing Program 

New program offers free legal counsel for FAR violations

December Notice of Referendum

Full Text of the Tentative Agreement & Voting Information


UA Sub Tentative Agreement Update — 11/22/2011

Tentative Agreement Reached — 11/11/2011


October Business Agents’ Report

September Business Agents’ Report

SFO Negotiating Team Changes

In order to accurately gauge the needs of and to best serve the membership, the Airline Division has created a survey regarding the recent tentative agreement (TA).

Information collected here will help us prepare for mediated negotiations which are scheduled to begin early next year. Please fill out this survey so that we can best represent the bargaining priorities of the membership. It is important that we hear from all of you. The survey will be active until September 30th, 2011.

Click here to take the Bargaining Survey

Grievance Committee Election Results

Letter to Membership on Hexavalent Chromium

Hexavalent Chromium Facts

Hexavalent Chromiums Ca-OSHA

Grievance Committee Elections Duplicate Ballot Procedure

Duplicate Ballot Request Form

FSIS issues public health alert for frozen, fresh ground turkey products

Take the Aviation Maintenance Industry Fatigue Survey

The Federal Aviation Administration’s Civil Aeromedical Institute (CAMI) has teamed with the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign to carry out this study. This online survey, which takes about 15 minutes to complete, is hosted by the University of Illinois. Results of the survey may influence recommendations regarding rest and duty time limits for the aviation maintenance industry.  

June 2011 Business Agents’ Report

Grievance Committee Election Guidelines


Letter to NMB from David Bourne re: Amalgamation — 6/13/2011

Revised: Continuous Improvement Specialist (CIS)
Memorandum of Understanding

Do you know any homeless vets?
Grant to benefit veterans with job training, search, placement

Congressman Miller wants to make sure you have the most recent grant opportunity regarding funds through the U.S. Department of Labor?s Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program (HVRP) to provide approximately 3,000 homeless veterans with job training and other services to help them succeed in civilian careers.

Funds will be awarded on a competitive basis to state and local workforce investment boards, local public agencies and nonprofit organizations, including faith-based and community-based organizations.  Grantees must be familiar with the areas and populations to be served and demonstrate that they can administer effective programs. They will coordinate their efforts with other local, state and federal social service providers to provide homeless veterans with occupational, classroom and on-the-job training, as well as job search and placement assistance, including follow-up services. 

A copy of the solicitation for grant applications is available at  More information on the Department of Labor?s programs for Veterans can be found at


Duplicate Ballot Procedure
Click here for the procedure should you need to request a duplicate ballot. 

Open House
Airline Division Director David Bourne will be at Local 856 on April 28, 2011, more information

January/February/March Ground Safety Report
2010 in review, Safety on the legislative front, noise testing, and more.

Contract TA Roadshows
Tentative Agreement Informational Meetings

Japanese Nuclear Emergency: EPA’s Radiation Air Monitoring

New style of Aircraft Brake Container
Teamsters work with UAL in aquiring newly designed Aircraft Brake Containers. Containers are safer and more practical.

More information

February Craft Meetings Canceled
Due to illness, personal emergencies and ongoing negotiations, the February Craft Meetings have been canceled.


Upcoming Pre-Retirement Seminars
Thursday, February 24 & Saturday February 26 at
Teamsters Local Union No. 856

Click here for more information.

January 2011 Business Agents’ Report

Joint Counseling Guidlines

Click here for Joint Counseling Guidelines agreed to by both the Union and Company.

PBS Frontline’s “Flying Cheaper”

If you missed Frontline’s investigation of outsourcing major airline repair work to independent maintenance operations, you can still watch it online. Click here to watch the report.

Important guidelines to protect yourself from falls

Alcohol Swab Recall Information

   Check out photos from this year’s
Fleet Week Family Day!

IPTE Modification Memorandum

   New Attendance Policy Agreement

Over the past two years, through the significant contributions of all of you in the Maintenance Division, United has achieved dramatic improvements in on-time performance, cabin cleanliness, condition and workability, customer satisfaction and safety while also beginning the long road to restoring our financial health and competitiveness.

Photos from the signing of Agreement

Read Airline Division Director Bourne’s Congressional Testimony on the proposed United-Continental Merger

Court upholds change to make it easier for airline workers to gain Union representation

Congressman Gutierrez blasts airlines treatment of passengers, employees in press conference

Statement from David Bourne, IBT Airline Division Director

Merger Frequently Asked Questions

The UAL-CAL proposed merger raises a number of labor-related questions that affect you as Teamster-represented employees. The I.B.T. will periodically post “Q&A” updates to address merger related issues. Click here to see the first of these updates.

United Continental merger process flowchart

Teamsters to monitor merger closely
Click here to read the IBT press release on United/Continental merger

April 2010 Business Agents’ Report

February/March 2010 Business Agents’ Report

Jan/Feb/March Ground Safety Report

UAL Outsourcing leads to questions over aircraft safety
United Airlines plans to outsource engineering work from its SFO maintenance hub to other parts of the world, but United employees and U.S. Rep. Jackie Speier, D-Hillsborough, question the impact the move will have on the quality of repair work and aircraft safety. Read more…

Were you on Active Duty in the Military between 1957 and 2001?

You qualify for a higher social security payment because of your Military service. You must bring your DD-214 to the Social Security Office and you must ask for this benefit to receive it!

This is something to put in your files for when you apply for Social Security down the road.

It is NOT just for retirees, BUT anyone who has served on active duty between January 1957 and December 31, 2001.

This benefit is not automatic, you must ask for it!

Find out more about this benefit on the Social Security Administration’s website:

Learn more about the
Western Conference of Teamsters Pension Plan

Planes with maintenance problems have flown anyway
USA Today article outlines airline safety problems.
“During the past six years, millions of passengers have been on at least 65,000 U.S. airline flights that shouldn’t have taken off because planes weren’t properly maintained, a six-month USA TODAY investigation has found.” More…

Business Agents’ Report: November/December/January

Representative Jackie Speier’s Letter Regarding Outsourcing

Teamster Airline Mechanics Newsletter
Read the fourth issue of the Teamsters Aviation Mechanics Coalition newsletter Nuts & Bolts. This special report version focuses on major current events in the airline industry affecting both union and nonunion employees.


Teamsters SFO helps out at this year’s Fantasy Flight

These are pictures from the Fantasy Flight event this last Saturday.

Fifty terminally ill children and their families were involved in the event. We were invited by United to be a part of this year’s event on behalf of the TeamstersSFO Locals 856/986. Our Locals donated $ 1000.00  and Rich Petrovsky, Mike Albertin, Chris Moore and Dan Johnston volunteered to help set-up decorations and just be elves.
This event is United working with the Make a Wish Foundation, for the kids and is done once a year across the country at a number of airports.

This year these are the airports which held the event Chicago, Los Angeles, Pittsburgh, Phoenix and San Francisco. 

Check out photos from the event here.

“Promises, promises: Government dallies on security rules for US, foreign aircraft repair shops”

“To Cut Costs, Airlines Send Repairs Abroad”
NPR’s Morning Edition details the lack of standards and oversight
when airlines outsource maintenance overseas

Workers’ Comp Bill passes with help from UAL Teamsters

Receiving Inspection Grievance Submission to the System Board

Attendance Grievance Submission to System Board

Continuous Improvement Coordinator Memorandum of Understanding

Arbitrator’s Transcript of 20% Outsourcing Ruling

Summary 20% Outsourcing Decision

C-Check Grievance Submission to System Board

House Committee Investigates Bush Pension Agency Head

Teamster News: Hoffa Praises TSA Reauthorization

Director Bourne’s Letter to Committee on Homeland Security

Panasonic Grievance Submission to the System Board

I.B.T. Statement Regarding Foreign Repair Stations

What Does D.R.I.V.E. Do For Airline Mechanics?

General President Hoffa’s Letter to Speaker Pelosi on Outsourcing Moratorium

20% Outsourcing Grievance Post Hearing Briefs

Both the Union and Company lawyers have submitted their post hearing briefs. To learn more about the details of the case, view the briefs below.


Outsourcing Defect Report
Have you come across substandard repair work from an outsourced station that potentially posed a danger to passengers?

Please fill out our Outsourcing Defect Report and return to your Chief Steward.



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