Friday, February 25, 2011

For Seham, Another One Bites the Dust

A union represented by Seham was ousted by its members for a strong, international Teamsters union.

On March 31, 2008, the mechanics of United Airlines voted overwhelmingly to oust AMFA-an independent union represented by DPA's law firm and "professional negotiator" and responsible for some of the most enormous job losses in the industry-for the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, a strong, international union that represents 1.4 million hardworking men and women in the United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico.

The 9,300 active and furloughed mechanics who comprise the bargaining unit will become Teamsters as soon as the NMB vote-of 4,113 for the Teamsters to only 2,631 for Seham-represented AMFA-is certified, expected by close of business today. This group of mechanics was the majority of AMFA's membership.

"We're thrilled that United mechanics voted to join our union by such a large margin,"
said Teamsters General President Jim Hoffa. "United mechanics will now have the Teamsters strength behind them in their fight against outsourcing to foreign repair stations.
"United has cut more maintenance positions than any other U.S. airline,"
Hoffa said, noting that United outsourced 45 percent of its aircraft maintenance expenses in 2006, three times the amount it outsourced in 1998.

For employees, job loss has always been connected to representation by DPA's advisers, Seham, Seham, Meltz, and Peterson. Not only did this happen at El AI and VARIG, where the law firm represented management, it also happened at Northwest, Atlantic Coast Airlines, United, and other carriers, where it represented labor. The United mechanics have now joined a long list of airline work groups-including the pilots of CAL and FedEx, as well as the flight attendants of Northwest-who have rejected DPA/Seham-style company unionism and understand that being isolated from the rest of labor is a recipe for failure.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Lee Seham's Managment/Union CV

This list is from Lee Seham's CV

See if you can spot how many of his 'independent' unions that still exist.

Airline Union Representation

Aircraft Mechanics Fraternal Association (AMFA) (1988-present)
- Alaska Airlines
- Atlantic Coast Airlines
- American Trans Air
- Horizon Air
- Mesaba Airlines
- Northwest Airlines
- United Airlines
- US Airway Shuttle (Trump Shuttle)

Airline Professionals Association - IBT Local 1224 (2001-2007)

Allied Pilots Association (APA) (1988-1992)

Association of Professional Flight Attendants (APFA) (1994-1999)

FedEx Pilots Association (FPA) (1992-2002)

Independent Association of Continental Pilots (IACP) (1993-2001)

National Pilots Association (NPA)

Professional Flight Attendants Association (PFAA) (2003-2006)

US Airlines Pilots Association (USAPA) (2008)

These are the airline managements he has represented...

Airline Represntation

Varig Brazilian Airlines (1988-present)

The Union contends, and the Company vehemently denies, that on November 16, 1993, Martin Seham, Varig's attorney ("Seham"), and William O'Driscoll, President and General Chairman of IAM District Lodge 142 ("O'Driscoll"), reached an oral agreement on new terms to amend the collective bargaining agreement...This agreement in principle was absolutely clear...Mr. O'Driscoll informed me that he and Mr. Seham had arrived at a basis for a contract that would not require granting the right to the Company to subcontract bargaining unit work, based on the cost saving proposals that we had previously discussed. Mr. Seham confirmed that afternoon that 'we have the basis for an agreement.'" Describing this alleged agreement as "The O'Driscoll Hoax," Seham contends that he and O'Driscoll only discussed certain proposals, never reached an agreement, and concludes that "the Agreement ascribed to by Mr. O'Driscoll to me in Paragraph 22 of the Complaint never happened, was never even articulated and is absurd on its face."

SAS Scandinavian Airlines

El Al Airlines

Martin Seham was legal counsel for El Al Israel Airlines when it was hit by a strike by the International Association of Machinists in the mid-1980s. El Al hired strikebreakers.

Aer Lingus

The Irish carrier is providing Airbus A330 aircraft for the trans-Atlantic route, which United is marketing to its customers. It will be flown by Aer Lingus pilots who agreed to a new, discounted wage scale, as well as flight attendants hired by a third-party contractor and trained at United's operation center in Elk Grove Township.

Union leaders fear the unusual code-share arrangement, the first of its kind involving a U.S. carrier, could open the door to franchising on overseas flights. Airlines would lend their marketing clout and brands to promote flights operated by outsourced, nonunion crews hired by an international partner.