The Machinists Union has filed an application with the National Mediation Board (NMB) to represent Ground Instructors at Continental Airlines. Ground Instructors provide classroom training for Continental’s pilots.
The IAM already represents workers in the Ground Instructor classification at United Airlines (UAL), Continental’s proposed merger partner. Under the terms of the IAM-UAL Fleet Technical Instructors and Related Agreement, IAM-represented Ground Instructors at United include the Emergency Procedures Instructors who train United’s Pilots and Flight Attendants.
“Regardless the outcome of the proposed merger, Continental’s Ground Instructors will benefit from IAM representation,” said District 141 President Rich Delaney. “With flight reductions and industry consolidation, there has never been a more crucial time for airline employees to have the professional representation and unmatched resources that only the IAM can provide.”
The IAM’s application was supported by signed election authorization cards from Continental’s Ground Instructors. After reviewing the IAM’s application, the NMB is expected to schedule an election.