At the June convention, Hoffa delegates defeated TDU attempts to reduce IBT salaries and use the savings to raise strike benefits
. The strike benefit
question was referred instead to a study commission.
Have been without a paycheck for two weeks-the damn fools of the damn union called a strike, in the middle of a recession Of course, the local president gets paid out of the local's finds, while the rest of us have yet to receive even one strike benefit
Here, our 86 terminated pilots are also receiving a raise: the USD1,400-per-month, USD16,800-per-year, strike benefit
is more than they make as new Comair pilots.'
But members will be faced with the dilemma that the ATU will not give its blessing - and strike benefits
- to any decision by the local to strike until after an international vice president has met with the company, and the company will not meet with International Vice President Lawrence J.
Union locals were put in serious financial straits from paying strike benefits
to their members.
Executives say that the strike benefited
full-year same-store sales by 80 to 100 basis points.
Louis Daily News which makes enough money to pay for all strike benefits
and furnish a new union hall.
If a strike should take place, the union says, it will increase weekly strike benefits
from $55 to 10 times the affected union member's hourly wage.
Later, he said the union has $60 million in its accounts and had begun paying strikers $50 a week in strike benefits
as of Saturday, January 6th, costing the union somewhere between $1.5 million and $2 million a week.
The union was forced to borrow $3 million and raise membership dues to continue paying strike benefits
. The timing of the merger is also fortuitous for the URW because the union faces a heavy bargaining schedule in 1995-96, when it renegotiates 232 contracts.
During the 1989 Eastern Airlines strike, two striking pilots received strike benefits
of about $20,000 each from the pilots' union, the Air Line Pilots Association International.
It captured national headlines and cost the Carpenters Union the current equivalent of $1 million in $4-a-week strike benefits