) -- The National Mediation Board said a representation election for
mechanics will begin next month.
Voting will begin July 8. Results will be tallied at the board's Washington office and announced at 2 p.m. on August 12.
The International Brotherhood of Teamsters last month requested the representation election -- the NMB approval indicates that the Teamsters collected enough signatures for an election to occur. US Airways mechanics are currently represented by the International Association of Machinists. The bargaining unit includes about 5,000 mechanics and related workers including about 3,500 active mechanics.
"The Teamsters have a history of promising long and delivering short," said IAM General Vice President Sito Pantoja, in a prepared statement. "More than $3 million of Teamster members' dues money is spent on federal oversight due to corruption. US Airways mechanic and related employees deserve an industry-leading contract, which the IAM will secure. They don't deserve to be lied to by the Teamsters and have their pensions and job-security jeopardized."
A Teamster spokesman was not immediately available to comment.
-- Written by Ted Reed in Charlotte, N.C.
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