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International President Bob Martinez today announced the appointment of Larry Rother as Transportation Department Communications Representative.
The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) today announced it reached agreement on a first contract and a voluntary recognition agreement for approximately 25 Fleet Service workers at McGee Air Services, an Alaska Air Group ground handling subsidiary.
IAM legend Bill "OD" O'Driscoll past away yesterday.
William O'Driscoll, a Machinists Union legend, passed away on July 8, 2016. Although he will be greatly missed by all who knew him, his legacy will live on.
"Bill was one of strongest and smartest leaders in the entire labor movement," said General Vice President Sito Pantoja. "Tens of thousands of workers, retirees and their families are enjoying the benefits of his work and dedication every single day. Future generations of airline workers will feel the mark he made on the industry. He has left a legacy that will not be forgotten, and will always be remembered as the type of union representative we should all aspire to be."
In a decision that the Machinists Union hopes could be precursor to deny Norwegian Air International's (NAI) request for a foreign air carrier permit, the US Department of Transportation (DOT) yesterday denied Norwegian Air UK's (NAUK)—NAI's UK sister airline—application for a foreign air carrier exemption.
IAM International President Bob Martinez today announced the appointment of Brianna Gregory as IAM Transportation Department Special Representative.
Gregory initiated into Local 2202 in 2004 as an Alaska Airlines Passenger Service Employee. Brianna served as Local 2202 Chief Steward, Shop Steward, Communicator and Trustee. She also served on Local 2202's Women's, Bylaws, Organizing and Legislative Committees.
Sister Gregory joined the Transportation Department as Education Representative in 2014 and coordinated all the Department's education programs, ranging from basic shop steward training to General Chairperson orientation.
Gregory has also been a vital part of numerous national organizing campaigns, including the successful United Airlines Ramp and Passenger Service campaigns. She defended the IAM membership against the Teamster raid at US Airways and has been an instrumental resource in all Transportation Department internal and external organizing.
"Brianna has embodied the principles of the Machinists Union and will continue to be a valuable asset to the membership of the Transportation Department in her new role," said IAM Transportation General Vice President Sito Pantoja."
A native of Seattle, Brianna will begin her new assignment effective July 1, 2016.
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.
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."
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'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/
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."
IAM General Vice President Sito Pantoja today issued the following statement in the wake of the disappearance of EgyptAir Flight 804:
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Machinists Union, United Airlines Reach Deal on New Contracts for 30,000 Workers
Washington, D.C., April 4, 2016ÂÂ –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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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."
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.