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The National Mediation Board (NMB) this week certified the TWU-IAM Association for the Fleet Service, Mechanic and Related and Stores classifications as the collective bargaining agent for all of the above classifications at American Airlines.
IAM International President Tom Buffenbarger delivers the 2015 Legislative Conference keynote address.
The annual IAM Legislative Conference kicked off this week as IAM International President Tom Buffenbarger gave the keynote address and stressed the importance of beating back "fast track" trade promotion authority, which has been temporarily halted due to the help of IAM member lobbying efforts on Capitol Hill. Buffenbarger also railed against the secretly negotiated Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade pact, legislation that would place earned pension benefits at risk and a major tax increase on health insurance benefits to more than 300 IAM delegates in attendance.
In an announcement that brings us one step closer to joint contract negotiations for more than 30,000 Mechanic and Related, Fleet Service and Stores employees at American Airlines, the National Mediation Board (NMB) today ruled that the carrier is operating as a single transportation system.
Today's determination is a necessary precursor to certifying the TWU-IAM Association, an alliance formed by both unions after the merger of American Airlines and US Airways, as the collective bargaining representative for the above employees at the merged carrier.
IAM Assistant Legislative Director speaks to delegate before meetings on Capitol Hill.
Hundreds of IAM members—including a large delegation from airline locals 846 (BWI), 914 (EWR) and 1759 (IAD, DCA)—today converged in Washington D.C. today to oppose granting the Obama Administration "fast track" trade authority for the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) free trade agreement.
To all American Airlines/US Airways
Mechanic and Related, Fleet Service and Store employees
Brother and Sister TWU-IAM members:
We expect the National Mediation Board will finally soon issue its ruling affirming that American Airlines and US Airways are operating as a single carrier for the purpose of employee representation. TWU and the IAM jointly petitioned the NMB for this purpose in August, 2014.
This long overdue declaration by the NMB will clear away a major hurdle to the start of new contract negotiations covering the 30,000 members of our joint TWU/IAM Employee Association. The AA/US Airways merger and a surging economy have catapulted the carrier to record profits, while our members continue to work under pre-merger contracts.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Washington, D.C., January 13, 2015 – The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) today delivered signed election request cards to the National Mediation Board (NMB) from nearly 12,000 Delta Air Lines Flight Attendants to formally request that the federal agency conduct a union representation election at the carrier.
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The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) today announced approximately 6,500 Passenger Service and Reservations Agents at Southwest Airlines overwhelmingly approved a new contract.
Norwegian Air International (NAI) CEO Bjorn Kjos in a speech today continued his campaign to attain a foreign air carrier permit from the US Department of Transportation (DOT) at the International Aviation Club in Washington D.C.
Two IAM officials have ascended to leadership positions in the 4.5-million member International Transport Workers Federation (ITF).
International President Tom Buffenbarger today announced John Werkmeister would join the Transportation Department as a Special Representative.
The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) and International Transport Workers Federation (ITF)-affiliated unions from the SkyTeam airline alliance today held strategic meetings and informational picketing at Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, Delta's largest hub, to support Delta Air Lines Flight Attendants' campaign for IAM representation.
The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) today announced it reached a tentative agreement with Southwest Airlines covering approximately 6,500 Passenger Service and Reservations Agents.
The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) today announced it reached a tentative contract covering approximately 165 fleet technical and emergency procedures instructors at United Airlines.
The tentative four year deal calls for immediate wage and benefit improvements, retroactive and signing bonus payments, strengthened employment security provisions and increased defined-benefit pension benefits.
"The IAM is proud of the work the Negotiating Team has done in order to complete the difficult task of bringing their full work group together," said IAM District 141 President Rich Delaney. "This is the fifth joint agreement reached between IAM District 141 and United Airlines that has brought the legacy carriers' employees into single contracts since the merger of Continental and United in 2010."
The 165 instructors provide skilled instruction and support for United's flight training centers in flight crew and emergency procedures training. The instructors also develop and implement necessary training programs needed to accomplish this critical instruction.
More details of the agreement can be found at www.iam141.org. Information meetings and a ratification schedule is being developed.
At the urging of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM), the Association of Flight Attendants (AFA-CWA), the Transport Workers Union (TWU) and the AFL-CIO's Transportation Trades Department (TTD), members of Congress yesterday took action to continue the ban on mobile voice calls onboard commercial aircraft.
IAM General Vice President Sito Pantoja today issued the following statement to mark the somber anniversary of 9-11:
Thirteen years ago today, the United States suffered mind-numbing acts of barbarism. Cowardly terrorist murderers hijacked United and American Airlines jetliners and killed thousands of innocent people. United Airlines Customer Service employees and IAM members Marianne McFarland and Jesus Sanchez were onboard United 175. IAM Organizer and New York City Firefighter Keith Maynard was lost in the collapse of the World Trade Center. The heroic pilots and flight attendants that reported to work that day, the workers in and around the World Trade Center and Pentagon, the hundreds of New York City and Port Authority of New York and New Jersey first responders, and the courageous passengers on those doomed flights – today and everyday we remember them all and the senseless acts that took them from us.
The horrific acts of 9/11 stunned the world. These unspeakable acts of terrorism threw the airline industry into free-fall and contributed to the loss of tens of thousands of jobs, airline bankruptcies and ongoing industry consolidation.
Unfortunately, we still face real threats and IAM members are on the frontlines. Whether it be in the cabin or the ground, at an airport or on our nation's rail system, IAM members are responsible for the traveling public's safety and security.
That's why the IAM has fought senseless efforts to permit knives and other weapons back on board aircraft and to regulate and restrict the use of foreign aircraft repair facilities where personnel are not subject to criminal background checks yet have unfettered access to aircraft. We are fighting to stop dangerous "flags of convenience" schemes that undermine the safety and security of air travel and the misguided efforts to allow mobile voice calls onboard commercial aircraft, which would allow terrorists to better coordinate another attack.
Today is a day to remember our fallen heroes and reflect. It is also a day to recognize the resilience of the hundreds of thousands of Fighting Machinists who answer the call every single day to make our nation better, safer and stronger.
International President Tom Buffenbarger today announced the appointment of Brianna Gregory as Transportation Department Education Representative.
The Department of Transportation yesterday rejected Norwegian Air International's (NAI) request for an exemption to launch a "new" airline that would violate US public interest laws and the US-EU Open Skies agreement.
After more than two years of direct talks with Southwest Airlines, the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) today announced it filed for mediation with the National Mediation Board (NMB), the federal agency that oversees contact negotiations in the airline industry.
The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) today announced District 141 and United Airlines reached a tentative agreement for IAM-represented maintenance instructors.
The 43rd International Transport Workers Federation (ITF) Congress in Sofia, Bulgaria ended on August 16th after a week of strategizing to protect transportation workers globally. The Congress of more than 1,700 delegates elected several IAM and TCU officials to leadership positions for a term of four years.
The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM), the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA), and the Transport Workers Union (TWU) called on the Department of Transportation (DOT) to reject an application for a foreign air carrier permit submitted by Norwegian Air International (NAI). In comments filed yesterday the unions, representing over 80,000 Flight Attendants, urged the DOT to uphold the strong labor protections outlined in the U.S.-E.U. Air Transport Agreement (ATA) known as Open Skies.