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Norwegian Air CEO Peddles Scheme to Fly into US at Cost of Workers’ Rights

Fri. November 21, 2014

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.

ITF Taps Klima, Da Costa for Leadership Posts

Fri. November 21, 2014

Two IAM officials have ascended to leadership positions in the 4.5-million member International Transport Workers Federation (ITF).

Buffenbarger Names Werkmeister as Transportation Department Special Representative

Fri. November 21, 2014

International President Tom Buffenbarger today announced John Werkmeister would join the Transportation Department as a Special Representative.

SkyTeam Unions Land in Atlanta to Support Delta Flight Attendants

Fri. October 31, 2014

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.

Machinists Union, Southwest Airlines Reach Tentative Contract

Wed. October 22, 2014

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.

Machinists Union Achieves Fifth Joint Contract at United Airlines

Fri. October 10, 2014

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 Information meetings and a ratification schedule is being developed.

Congress Urges FCC to Maintain Ban on Cellphone Calls Onboard Commercial Aircraft

Tue. September 23, 2014

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.

We Remember

Thu. September 11, 2014

transportation-911.FBIAM 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.

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Gregory to Join Transportation Department Staff

Mon. September 08, 2014

International President Tom Buffenbarger today announced the appointment of Brianna Gregory as Transportation Department Education Representative.

DOT Rejects Norwegian Air Exemption

Wed. September 03, 2014

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.

Machinists Union Files For Mediation at Southwest Airlines

Mon. August 25, 2014

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.

IAM, United Reach Tentative Agreement for Maintenance Instructors

Thu. August 21, 2014

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.

ITF Congress Elects IAM/TCU Reps to Key Leadership Positions

Wed. August 20, 2014

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.

IAM, AFA, TWU Call on DOT to Deny Norwegian Air Scam

Tue. August 19, 2014

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.

IAM, TWU Alliance moves forward with American Airlines Single Carrier Filing

Wed. August 06, 2014
In a move that will lead to joint contract negotiations for more than 30,000 members of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) and Transport Workers Union (TWU), the two unions today jointly petitioned the National Mediation Board (NMB) asking it declare that post-merger American Airlines and US Airways are now operating as a single transportation system for employees in the Mechanic & Related, Fleet Service and Stores classifications.

Machinists Overwhelmingly Approve New Contracts at US Airways

Fri. July 18, 2014
The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) today announced that approximately 11,000 maintenance training specialist, fleet service and mechanic and related employees approved new contracts by 96, 86 and 67 percent respectively at the "new" American Airlines.

IAM-TCU Tentative Agreement Reached With LIRR

Thu. July 17, 2014
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IAM District Lodge 19 Assistant President/General Chairman John Lacey and NY State Governor Andrew Cuomo, who was instrumental in getting the MTA to move toward a fair agreement.

Within days of a strike that would have shut down the nation's largest commuter railroad, the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM), its partner the Transportation Communications Union (TCU) and union coalition members today announced a tentative agreement has been reached with the Long Island Railroad (LIRR).

Buffenbarger Taps Stassi as Transportation Special Rep

Thu. July 17, 2014


International President Tom Buffenbarger today announced the appointment of Joe Stassi as Transportation Department Special Representative.

Machinists Union Sets Strike Deadline at LIRR

Fri. July 11, 2014

After four years of contract negotiations, the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM), its partner, the Transportation Communications Union (TCU) and six union coalition partners at Long Island Railroad, announced a strike deadline at 12:01 AM, Sunday July 20, 2014.

IAM Delta Lands in London

Fri. July 11, 2014
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Illustrating the global reach of the IAM’s Delta Flight Attendant organizing campaign, IAM Delta organizers this week were greeted with tremendous support as campaign activities expanded to London. Dozens of Delta Flight Attendants on layover signed election authorization cards at IAM visibility events far away from Delta management’s intimidating eyes. Unionized Flight Attendants from American Airlines, Air France and Iberia Regional also stopped by to offer their support and encouragement to Delta Flight Attendants.

Machinists Union Wins Election for Spirit Airlines Ramp Agents

Tue. July 08, 2014

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Sririt ramp agents voted for IAM representation today: From left to right: Federico Rojas, Ricardo Santiago, Jose Camacho, Pedro Jimenez, Xavier Belen from Fort Lauderdale, FL.

In a hotly contested election overseen by the National Mediation Board (NMB), nearly 220 Spirit Airlines ramp agents voted overwhelmingly, by 80 percent, to be represented by the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM).

Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown Accuses United’s Smisek of Exacerbating “Race to the Bottom”

Tue. July 01, 2014

In a letter to United CEO Jeffrey Smisek, Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) questioned the airline's recent decision to outsource certain smaller "line stations" to low-paid vendors.

Passengers Fear Strikes on LATAM Airlines Will Disrupt Travel in Latin America and World Cup in Brazil

Fri. June 20, 2014
The International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) reports concerns from passengers scheduled to fly on LAN and TAM flights due to a strike in Peru scheduled for June 26th. Unions report that more than 200 mechanics – over 70 percent of all LAN Peru mechanics – will not be certifying aircraft during the strike, which is expected to affect operations across Latin America, including during the World Cup.

Machinists, US Airways Reach Tentative Agreement on Contracts for 11,000

Mon. June 16, 2014

The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) today announced it reached tentative agreements with US Airways on contracts covering approximately 11,000 mechanic and related, fleet service, maintenance training specialist and stock clerk employees.

Congresswoman Fudge Blasts United's Embattled CEO Smisek

Tue. June 10, 2014
Congresswoman Marcia Fudge (D-OH) sharply criticized United CEO Jeffrey Smisek for the airline's decision to dramatically downsize its operation at Cleveland's Hopkins Airport.

International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) members and staff launched legislative efforts after United Airlines announced its operational reduction in Cleveland and other plans to outsource ground operations work.

"I write to express my strong opposition to United Airlines' recent decision to consider a reduction in service operations at Cleveland's Hopkin's International Airport," stated Congresswoman Fudge (D-OH). "This decision will harm working families in Cleveland, increase costs for travelers and is contrary to testimony United Airlines provided Congress."

During congressional hearings regarding the merger of United, Continental and Continental Micronesia CEOs Glenn Tilton and Jeffrey Smisek both assured Congress that the mega-merger would not have a negative effect on frontline employment levels.

Read Congresswoman Fudge's letter.

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