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IAM Part of Healing Process in Orlando

Wed. June 22, 2016

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IAM Employee Assistance Program (EAP) and Critical Incident Response Team (CIRT) representatives last week mobilized in Orlando, FL to aid IAM members, their families and the community following the worst mass shooting in American history. IAM member and Southwest Airlines Customer Service Representative (CSR) Angelique Caro was shot and wounded and IAM member and United Airlines CSR Angel Mendez lost his son, Jean Carlos Mendez.

Thoughts and Prayers to Victims of Orlando Massacre

Mon. June 13, 2016

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Flags fly at half-staff at IAM Headquarters in Upper Marlboro, MD to commemorate the victims of a mass shooting at an Orlando nightclub.

General Vice President Sito Pantoja issued the following statement regarding the Orlando shootings:

"Our thoughts and prayers go out to all affected by this horrific act of terrorism and hate. It is far too often that I issue a statement about innocent people being struck down by senseless acts of cowardice and brutality. Hate and terror, however, cannot, and will not, win the day. We must continue to reject ideologies of hate and promote and defend the human right of every person to be free from harm and violence. We live in a country founded on the promise of freedom. An assault on anyone's freedom is an attack on us all."

Joint Air Transport Safety Committee Opens Conference, Presents Award to Hero Flight Attendant

Thu. June 02, 2016

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Alyssa Schulte receives the JATSC Safety Appreciation Award. (From left to right: Transportation Department Assistant Airline Coordinator James Carlson, Alyssa Schulte, JATSC member and ExpressJet Flight Attendant Stephanie Starks and District 142 General Chairwoman Sara Gonzales).

The IAM Joint Air Transport Safety Committee (JATSC) opened its annual conference yesterday at the IAM's William W. Winpisinger Education and Technology Center with over 100 safety representatives from Districts 140, 141, 142 and the TWU-IAM Association. During the conference opening, ExpressJet Flight Attendant Alyssa Schulte from Local Lodge 2339-O in Chicago, was presented the JATSC Appreciation Award for preventing a catastrophic air disaster by insisting a United Express flight not take off due to ice build-up on the aircraft's wings.

Hillary Clinton to Obama Administration: Deny NAI!

Fri. May 20, 2016

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Hillary Clinton's campaign issued the following statement on the Department of Transportation's ill-conceived decision that would grant Norwegian Air International (NAI) access to the US aviation market:

"Workers in the U.S. airline industry deserve rules of the road that support a strong workforce with high labor standards -- not attempts by airlines to flout labor standards and outsource good-paying jobs. That's why our Open Skies Agreement with Europe explicitly calls for the maintenance of high labor standards to guide the parties in its implementation. Hillary Clinton urges the Obama Administration against moving forward with final approval of Norwegian Air International's application. Too many questions have been raised about NAI's practices and plans."

Please click the linkto send a letter to your US Representative, demanding support for H.R.5090, which would reverse the DOT's job-killing decision: http://www.congressweb.com/GOIAM/112

Click the link for more info on #DenyNAI: http://ttd.org/denynai/

Machinists' Statement on EgyptAir 804

Fri. May 20, 2016

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IAM General Vice President Sito Pantoja today issued the following statement in the wake of the disappearance of EgyptAir Flight 804:

"Although the facts about what exactly happened to EgyptAir 804 are unclear at this point, it is obvious the aviation community has suffered another tragedy. The more than 600,000 members of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers send our love, thoughts and prayers to the families of the 66 passengers and crew members of EgyptAir Flight 804. This tragedy half-way around the world resonates in the hearts of IAM members everywhere."

Machinists' Statement on EgyptAir 804

Thu. May 19, 2016

IAM General Vice President Sito Pantoja today issued the following statement in the wake of the disappearance of EgyptAir Flight 804:

Machinists Picket White House to Demand Denial of Norwegian Airline’s Job-Slashing Scheme

Fri. May 13, 2016

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IAM Transportation General Vice President Sito Pantoja speaks to a crowd of hundreds of airline workers at a rally to deny low-cost carrier Norwegian Air International (NAI) access to the U.S. aviation market.

Middle class jobs in the U.S. airline industry are in jeopardy, IAM Transportation General Vice President Sito Pantoja told Machinists Union members and hundreds of other airline workers at a rally outside the White House Thursday.

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Take Action NOW and #DenyNAI

Fri. April 29, 2016

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Join your AFL-CIO sister and brother airline workers at the White House on Thursday, May 12, 2016 at noon to demand that the Obama Administration deny Norwegian Air International (NAI) entry to the US aviation market.

Machinists Union Applauds Congress for Acting to Stop NAI Scheme

Thu. April 28, 2016

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Washington D.C., April 28, 2016—IAM General Vice President Sito Pantoja issued the following statement regarding Congress' action to halt Norwegian Air International's (NAI) entry into the U.S. aviation market:

IAM Signs Industry Best United Contracts

Tue. April 26, 2016

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From left to right: General Vice President Sito Pantoja, District 141 President Mike Klemm and United Airlines Executive Vice President of Human Resources Mike Bonds sign the recently ratified IAM-United contracts.

The IAM District 141 Negotiating Committee and Transportation Department officials traveled to Chicago yesterday to sign seven recently ratified contracts at United's headquarters at the Willis Tower.

IAM Members at United Overwhelmingly Ratify New Contracts

Sat. April 16, 2016

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Houston IAM Public Contact Employee Committeeman, Tony Colina, and Fleet Service Employee Brian Lasaine give a thumbs up yesterday as IAM-United workers from Houston line-up to vote.

The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) today announced that approximately 30,000 workers at United Airlines overwhelmingly ratified seven contracts in the Fleet Service, Passenger Service, Storekeeper, Maintenance Instructor, Fleet Technical Instructor and Related and Security Officer classifications.

Machinists Union to DOT: Ground NAI, Support US Airline Workers

Sat. April 16, 2016

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General Vice President Sito Pantoja issued the following statement on the Department of Transportation's "show cause order" that could pave the way for Norwegian Air International's (NAI) entry into the US aviation market:

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Machinists Union, United Airlines Reach Deal on New Contracts for 30,000 Workers

Mon. April 04, 2016

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Machinists Union, United Airlines Reach Deal on New Contracts for 30,000 Workers

Washington, D.C., April 4, 2016 –The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) today announced it has reached seven tentative agreements with United Airlines for approximately 30,000 workers at the airline.

The five-year accords run through 2021 and call for approximately 30 percent in pay increases over the term of the deal and $100 million in lump sum payments. The contract also includes a 25 percent hike in defined-benefit pension benefits, stops outsourcing of work currently performed by IAM members and provides for insourcing of additional work.

"IAM members at United can now share appropriately in the value they created at one of the world's biggest and most successful airlines," said General Vice President Sito Pantoja. "I commend the Negotiating Committee for the tremendous amount of work they did and every IAM member at United Airlines for demanding and achieving their fair share. I'd also like to thank United CEO Oscar Munoz and his team for demonstrating a willingness to partner with the IAM for the benefit of the employees and the airline."

"As a United Fleet Service Employee, I am extremely proud to say IAM-represented workers at United are back at the top of our industry," said IAM District 141 President Mike Klemm. "I'd like to thank the Negotiating Committee for vigorously representing our members' interests. The negotiating committee unanimously recommends ratification of the agreements."

The current agreements were not amendable until December 31, 2016. The IAM and United agreed last October to open existing contracts one year early and engage in "limited issue, expedited negotiations," which led to today's tentative agreements. IAM members will vote on the accords on Friday, April 15th. This is the third round of bargaining since United emerged from bankruptcy, and the second since the carriers merger with Continental Airlines.

Visit www.iam141.org for more information about the IAM at United Airlines and details of the tentative agreements.

The IAM represents approximately 30,000 Fleet Service, Passenger Service, Reservations, Stockroom, Central Load Planner, Maintenance Instructor, Fleet Technical Instructor, Emergency Procedures Instructor, Security Officer and Food Service workers at United Airlines and is the world's largest transportation union.

Machinists Union on Alaska Airlines, Virgin America Deal

Mon. April 04, 2016

International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) General Vice President Sito Pantoja today issued a statement regarding the proposed Alaska Airlines merger with Virgin America Airlines.

Machinists Union Honors 75-year Member

Mon. March 28, 2016

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Left to right: 75-year member and retired General Chairman Roy Meeks receives award from General Vice President Sito Pantoja.

IAM Local Lodges throughout the United States and Canada regularly present service awards to members. Service pins are awarded for each five years of membership beginning the 15th year, and a certificate is also provided for each 5th year from 25-50. At 50, a member is awarded a gold Lifetime Membership card and exempted from paying dues.

Swissport Fuelers in Phoenix Gear Up for First Contract Talks

Thu. March 24, 2016

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Swissport Negotiating Committee from left to right: Joseph Morones, Steven Van Note, District 142 General Chairman Randy Griffith, Bronson McGee, Rob Helmer.

The Swissport Negotiating Committee this week completed Negotiations Preparation in Phoenix to get ready for first contract negotiations. The fuelers voted by a 98 percent margin for IAM representation in November, 2015.

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Thu. March 24, 2016

The Swissport Negotiating Committee this week completed Negotiations Preparation in Phoenix to get ready for first contract negotiations. The fuelers voted by a 98 percent margin for IAM representation in November 2015.

IAM Condemns Brussels Bombings

Tue. March 22, 2016

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General Vice President Sito Pantoja issued the following statement regarding the tragic bombings in Brussels, Belgium:

"Being the largest air and rail transportation union in North America, and a proud member of the 4.5 million member International Transport Workers Federation (ITF), the IAM is especially sensitive to the senseless and cowardly acts of terror that occurred in Belgium today that targeted the city's airport and metro system.

On behalf of all IAM Transportation Department members, I would like to extend our sincere condolences to the victims and their families of the blast and our hope that the terrorists are brought to justice.

I ask that all IAM members remain safe and vigilant, whether on the rails or in the air, as we are on the last lines of air and rail security."

‘True Up’ Generates Over $119 Million for IAM Members at Southwest Airlines

Thu. March 17, 2016

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IAM Customer Service and Reservations Agents are in for a big payday due to the 'True Up' provisions in their contracts.

International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) District 142 today announced that due to the "true up" provision negotiated during the last round of collective bargaining, IAM workers at Southwest Airlines will receive an additional $119 million in wages and lump sum payments.

IAM, TCU, Rail Labor Coalition Reach Deal With New Jersey Transit

Sat. March 12, 2016

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IAM and TCU negotiators reach a deal with New Jersey Transit and avert strike.

The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) and Transportation Communications Union (TCU), part of a coalition of 13 unions representing more than 4,000 workers at New Jersey Transit, have reached a tentative contract agreement with the commuter rail carrier.

Machinists, New Jersey Transit Continue Talks, Menendez Tells NJT Management to Get Serious

Fri. March 11, 2016

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More than 100,000 commuters will be stranded if New Jersey Transit forces a strike Saturday night.

The IAM, TCU and entire New Jersey Transit Labor Coalition are continuing talks today in an attempt to avert a strike of the carrier at 12:01 AM, Sunday.

IAM and TCU Members Make Final Strike Preparations

Thu. March 10, 2016

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IAM-TCU members finalize New Jersey Transit strike plans yesterday in the Garden State.

As negotiations go down to the wire, New Jersey Transit's IAM and TCU members are busy preparing for a strike that will shut down the nation's third largest commuter railroad at 12:01 am this Sunday, March 13th. In a tremendous show of inter-union solidarity, a Coalition of 13 unions representing 17 crafts are jointly negotiating with the carrier.

Christie Leaves Town on Vacation as Machinists Prepare New Jersey Transit Strike

Tue. March 08, 2016

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Amid last ditch talks to avert a New Jersey Transit (NJT) strike, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie decided to take a vacation.

IAM Members Set to Strike New Jersey Transit Midnight Saturday

Mon. March 07, 2016

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New Jersey Transit workers rally in Woodbridge, NJ.

Contract negotiations with New Jersey Transit (NJT) have been ongoing for more than five years. It appears that the only way to resolve IAM members' effort to gain a fair contract may be to strike NJT. IAM members at NJT are authorized to strike at 12:01 AM, Sunday, March 13th, unless an agreement is reached.

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