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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.

Unions Stand Up for Qatar Airways Flight Attendants at ILO

Thu. June 05, 2014

The International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) and the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) today filed a complaint with International Labour Organization (ILO) against the state of Qatar. The complaint accuses Qatar of allowing its state-owned airline, Qatar Airways, to violate ILO Convention 111 on Discrimination (Employment and Occupation), which Qatar signed in 1976.

NMB Orders Representation Election for Spirit Ramp Agents

Sun. June 01, 2014
The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) today announced that the National Mediation Board (NMB) determined a representation dispute exists for the fleet service class and craft at Spirit Airlines and ordered an election take place from 12:01 am EDT, June 16, 2014 to 2:00 pm EDT, July 8, 2014.

ITF's 43rd Congress

Wed. May 28, 2014

Please click here to visit the International Transport Workers Federation's (ITF) 43rd Congress website. Via the website, you can find out about what the Congress has to offer, register for the Congress or join its facebook event.

Machinists Blitz DC

Wed. May 14, 2014
Lawmakers on Capitol Hill this week are facing an onslaught of delegates from the IAM's Transportation Department.

Speakers kicked off the 2014 IAM Legislative Conference in Washington, DC on Monday by calling for an end to sequestration, trade agreements that benefit people instead of corporations and a renewed respect for federal workers.

With midterm elections coming in November, IAM International President Tom Buffenbarger told attendees that now is the time to hold Congress accountable. Democrats hold a slim eight-seat majority in the Senate and trail Republicans by 33 seats in the House.

IAM Mourns Congressman Jim Oberstar, 79

Tue. May 06, 2014

Former US Representative and chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Jim Oberstar (D-MN) died in his sleep Friday night. He was 79.

United Airlines' Investors Sending Strong Message

Tue. April 29, 2014
United Airlines last week reported a net loss of $609 million or $1.66 per share for the first quarter of 2014, which sent the carrier's stock price to a three month low. In a conference call to discuss the carrier’s results, President and CEO Jeffrey Smisek blamed winter weather, increased competition in Asian markets and a softening Japanese economy for United’s poor performance. Mr. Smisek did not talk about how consistent management failures have plunged United into last place in customer satisfaction for the second consecutive year.

Machinists Union, Senator Schatz Urge United Airlines to Keep Jobs in Hawaiian Islands

Tue. April 22, 2014

Representatives and members of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) and Senator Brian Schatz (D-HI) today called on United Airlines to rethink its outsourcing plans in Kona, Maui and Lihue.

Machinists Union Mobilizes Congressional Support to Thwart United Airlines’ Job Cuts

Thu. April 10, 2014

IAM representatives met yesterday with Senator Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) and Congresswoman Marcia Fudge (D-11th District Ohio) to discuss the effects of United’s plan to downsize its operations at Cleveland’s Hopkins Airport and the possible outsourcing of fleet and passenger service work to low-paid sub-contractors in other cities.

IAM Members Ratify New Contract at Alaska Airlines

Wed. April 09, 2014
The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) today announced IAM members at Alaska Airlines overwhelmingly ratified a new contract at the carrier covering approximately 3,000 clerical, office and passenger service employees at Alaska Airlines.

IAM Enlists Pol’s Help to Oppose United’s Outsourcing Plans

Wed. April 09, 2014

The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) announced it has coordinated efforts with lawmakers in several states to press United Airlines not to outsource operations to low-paid sub-contractors and protect workers after its recent decisions to reduce flight operations at Cleveland’s Hopkins Airport and possibly outsource passenger service and fleet service work at 15 stations across the United States and Hawaii.

IAM Pickets US Airways

Thu. March 27, 2014
IAM-represented ground workers at US Airways conducted informational pickets across the country to protest the carrier’s insistence that they accept second class status and agree to lower wage rates than other employees at the “new” American Airlines who perform the exact same work.

Machinists Press NMB for Right to Strike US Airways

Thu. March 20, 2014
After hearing American Airlines CEO Doug Parker lie about how wonderful labor relations are at the “new” American Airlines at a JPMorgan investor conference last week, Parker and his management team once again slapped IAM members at US Airways in the face by refusing to settle contracts that provide comparable wage rates to those negotiated with American’s employees who perform the same work.

IAM Wins Pension Increase for Members at United Airlines

Thu. March 13, 2014

The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) this week concluded discussions with the Board of Trustees of the IAM National Pension Fund (IAMNPF) that will increase pension benefits by 35 to 45 percent for approximately 17,000 IAM members at United Airlines.

ITF Affiliate Unions Act for Women Transport Worker's Rights

Thu. March 06, 2014

Saturday March 8, 2014 is International Women's Day and women's transport workers rights in Qatar is this year's focus.

NMB Meeting Scheduled for US Airways Negotiations

Wed. February 26, 2014
The National Mediation Board (NMB) has scheduled meetings between the principal representatives in the US Airways – IAM negotiations. The meetings are set for March 18 and 19, 2014 at the offices of the NMB in Washington, DC.

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