Hoffa to Campaign in Newark for Continental Fleet Service Workers

Thu Oct 15, 2009 11:00am EDT

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Teamsters General President to Join Continental Fleet Workers for Major
Campaign Announcement 


Teamsters General President Jim Hoffa will hold a press conference and attend
a rally in support of Continental Airlines aviation technicians and fleet
service workers who are fighting for strong representation in the workplace.
During the rally, a major development in the organizing campaign for the fleet
service workers will be announced. 


In his remarks, Hoffa will call on Continental to cease its anti-union
activities targeting the fleet service workers and call for the company to
negotiate in good faith with the aviation technicians. Newark Mayor Corey
Booker will speak at the event in support for the workers. 


More than 8,000 Continental fleet service workers are exercising their right
to join a union through a national organizing campaign. Under Hoffa's
leadership, the workers hope to join their brother and sister aviation
technicians at Continental who already are Teamsters. As the second largest
Continental hub, 2,600 fleet service workers are employed in Newark. 


The 3,700 Continental aviation technicians are currently involved in ongoing
negotiations with the company for a new contract. The workers made concessions
in 2005 to help the airline survive the financial challenges it was
experiencing at the time that still remain in place today. The union believes
it is long past time to amend these concessions and reward the aviation
technicians for their skill and dedication with a strong contract that ends
the concessions.  


Hoffa will speak and be available for questions from the media at a press
conference and rally on Friday, October 16, 2009 at 12:00 p.m. in the parking
lot of the Wyndham Garden Hotel Newark Airport. Members of the media may call
in advance to schedule interviews for the day of the event. 


WHO:
James P. Hoffa, Teamsters General President
Continental fleet service workers and aviation technicians
Mayor Corey Booker
Fred Potter, Teamsters International Vice President
Dan Kane Sr., Teamsters International Vice President
George Miranda, Joint Council 16 President 


WHAT:  Press conference and rally


WHERE:  Wyndham Garden Hotel Newark Airport Parking Lot, 550 Route 1 South,
Newark, NJ 07114 


WHEN:  12:00 p.m. Press conference & Rally


VISUAL:  Hundreds of workers and supporters, Teamster trucks, banners and
signs


CONTACT:  Galen Munroe of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters,
+1-202-439-7427, gmunroe@teamster.org


/PRNewswire-USNewswire -- Oct. 15/
SOURCE  International Brotherhood of Teamsters
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