Teamster Mechanics protest at Houston PGA tour event

United Airlines mechanics and technicians ramped up their strike threat at the PGA Shell Houston Open this week, the union said.

United is the airline sponsor of the PGA tour.

The Teamster mechanics held banners that read, “United Airlines Execs: Don´t Loot Mechanics´ Healthcare & Profit-Sharing” and “No Contract — No Flights.”

In February, mechanics voted down United´s contract proposal by 93 percent, and also voted overwhelmingly to authorize a strike. The Teamsters Union and the 9,000 mechanics it represents at United have petitioned the National Mediation board for a release to strike.

In United´s bankruptcy, mechanics lost their pensions and stock, and many lost their jobs to massive outsourcing.

Founded in 1903, the International Brotherhood of Teamsters represents 1.4 million hardworking men and women throughout the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico. Visit for more information.