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Remembering, Honoring the 9/11 Fallen

Wed. September 11, 2013

12 years ago we woke up to a beautiful September morning, preparing for work, vacation or getting the kids off to school. Airline workers around the country reported to work as pilots, flight attendants and ground workers of all types to move travelers and goods around the world as they do day in and day out.

Machinists to NMB: Contracts Now!

Tue. September 10, 2013
The National Mediation Board (NMB) today held a “status conference” with IAM Districts 141 and 142 regarding the ongoing US Airways Mechanic and Related and Fleet Service contract negotiations. The NMB will meet with the company tomorrow.

Flight Attendants Join Together on Capitol Hill in Effort to Close Funding Gap

Tue. September 10, 2013
On the eve of the 12th year marking the tragic events of the September 11 terrorist attacks, the Flight Attendant Union Coalition, representing nearly 100,000 Flight Attendants at carriers nationwide, joined forces on Capitol Hill to request that members of Congress make voluntary personal contributions to close a $1.5 million funding gap for the Flight 93 National Memorial. Flight Attendants distributed a letter to every member of the United States Congress asking that they set an example by making a personal contribution towards funding the memorial’s Tower of Voices and educational programs.

Machinists Union Wins Election for 4,600 Mechanic and Related at US Airways

Mon. August 12, 2013
In a contest overseen by the National Mediation Board (NMB), the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) today soundly defeated the International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT) in an election to represent nearly 4,600 Mechanic and Related employees at US Airways. The IAM received 1903 votes, or 58 percent of all votes cast in the five-week election, while the IBT received 1418 votes, less than 43 percent.

Mechanic Pensions on the Line in US Airways Election

Wed. July 24, 2013

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It's not often a group of workers can save their pensions and protect their seniority by the simple act of casting a ballot, but that's exactly what's happening right now right now as IAM-represented Mechanic and Related workers at US Airways vote in the current representation election.

"IAM Mechanic and Related workers at US Airways will lose the best pension plan in the airline industry if they vote IBT," said Transportation GVP Sito Pantoja. "Losing IAM representation would also jeopardize valuable seniority protections that are written into the IAM-TWU joint representation agreement."

The International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT) filed with the National Mediation Board (NMB) in May for a representation election for the Mechanic and Related class and craft at US Airways, continuing the union's divisive strategy of raiding other unions instead of focusing on organizing workers who want and need a union.

"The Teamsters have a dismal track record in the airline industry," said Pantoja. "I strongly urge US Airways Mechanics and their families to watch this video in which Mechanics at United Airlines provide grim testimony about the IBT's ability to deliver promised pension benefits."

The NMB mailed voting instructions to all eligible voters on July 8, 2013. Election results will be announced on Monday August 12, 2013.

If any US Airways Mechanic and Related employee has not received voting instructions from the NMB, please click here to request duplicate voting instructions.

The deadline to request duplicate voting instructions is August 5, 2013.

Teamsters Isolated

Thu. June 20, 2013

The Transportation Trades Department of the 12.5 million member AFL-CIO blasted the International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT) for its raids at American Airlines and US Airways.

NMB Sets Election Dates

Fri. June 07, 2013

The National Mediation Board (NMB) today announced the dates for the representation election to be conducted for the Mechanic and Related class and craft at US Airways. The NMB will mail voting instructions to eligible voters on July 8, 2013. 

Voting will be conducted by Telephone Electronic Voting and Internet Voting. 

The votes will be tabulated and the results announced at 2pm on August 12, 2013 at NMB headquarters in Washington, DC.

Please visit www.usaamerger.com for more information.

NMB Authorizes Election at US Airways

Thu. June 06, 2013
The National Mediation Board (NMB), an agency of the federal government, today announced that a representation election will be conducted for the Mechanic and Related class and craft at US Airways. 

IAM Blasts Teamster Raid at American Airlines

Tue. May 28, 2013

The International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT) today announced that it has filed with the National Mediation Board (NMB) a request for an election against the Transport Workers Union (TWU) to represent the Mechanic and Related employees at American Airlines. International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers General Vice President Sito Pantoja issued the following statement in response:

Oklahoma Members Survive Killer Tornado

Mon. May 27, 2013
IAM Transportation members in the nation’s midsection are no strangers to the wrath of Mother Nature; from hurricanes on the Gulf Coast to twisters in the nation’s most active “Tornado Alley.”
 
 On May 20, the town of Moore, OK was hit by a monster EF5 tornado, with wind speeds in excess of 200 mph. The deadly twister leveled the Oklahoma town and took the lives of 24 people, including nine children.

Transport Workers and Machinists Unions to Jointly Represent Ground Workers at the “New” American Airlines

Tue. May 14, 2013

The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) and the Transport Workers Union of America (TWU) today announced a partnership to jointly represent nearly 30,000 ground workers at the “new” American Airlines following the merger of American Airlines and US Airways.

This week the two 
international unions have signed joint agreements to cover the Mechanic & Related, Fleet Service, and Stores employee work groups at the soon to be merged airline. The new labor partnership, to be known as the TWU/IAM Employee Association, will ask the federal National Mediation Board (NMB) to hold elections among the combined employees for each classification after the close of the American-US Airways merger.  The election will formalize the joint-council agreement reached this week. 

Foxx Nominated to Head DOT

Mon. April 29, 2013

 
                                   Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx has bee tapped to run the DOT

The Obama Administration today nominated Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx to head the Department of Transportation, replacing current Secretary Ray Lahood.

Foxx has received much praise for his efforts in expanding and improving Charlotte's transit infrastructure as a way to grow the economy. 

"The IAM looks forward to working with Mayor Foxx to address many of the nation's transportation issues," said General Vice President Sito Pantoja. "We look forward to assist in expediting Mayor Foxx' confirmation."  

The post requires Senate approval. 

IAM Flight Attendants Say No Knives Ever Again

Fri. April 26, 2013

                                            IAM Flight Attendants Say No Knives Ever Again at DCA Airport
 

Following the Transportation Security Agency’s (TSA) decision to delay allowing knives and other dangerous objects onboard commercial aircraft, IAM Flight Attendants—and their Coalition of Flight Attendant Union partners—descended upon Reagan National Airport in Washington DC to say knives should be permanently banned from the sky.

"Flight Attendants deserve a weapon-free workplace," said IAM Flight Attendant Sara Gonzales. “Keep in mind, there is no security, police or medical help at 30,000 feet. Your Flight Attendants must stand on their own to protect the flying public.”

Following the 9/11 terrorist attacks the newly formed TSA banned knives and other dangerous objects from commercial aircraft. Earlier this year, in a move that shocked the flying public, the TSA reversed course and proposed allowing knives, small clubs and other dangerous objects onboard the nation’s jetliners.

For more information click here.

IAM Holds Informational Pickets at US Airways

Fri. April 26, 2013

In response to US Airways’ refusal to negotiate a contract with the airlines’ IAM-represented Mechanics and Related workers, informational pickets were held yesterday at US Airways’ largest locations. IAM members took their dispute public and informed US Airways’ passengers and the media about their fight for a fair contract with what will be the largest global carrier.

“We’ve been in negotiations for over two years with US Airways and their last proposal was insulting,” said IAM District 142 President Tom Higginbotham. “We intend to utilize every available option within the law to secure fair contracts at US Airways, including picketing US Airways.”

The IAM recently requested that the National Mediation Board (NMB) release the parties from mediated talks. If released by the NMB, a 30-day “cooling off” period would begin and if no agreement can be reached, the IAM would then be free to strike. The NMB has yet to respond to the IAM’s request.

Click here to read the Pittsburgh Post Gazette story.

Click here to read the WBTV.com story.

The Fight Against Knives in the Sky Continues

Thu. April 18, 2013

In an effort to delay the implementation of the Transportation Security Agency’s (TSA) decision to allow knives, baseball bats and other objects that threaten the security of air travel, Representative Sheila Jackson-Lee (D-Texas) has introduced House Resolution 156.

Machinists Request NMB Release Mechanics at US Airways

Wed. March 20, 2013

The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) today formally requested that the National Mediation Board (NMB) release its US Airways Mechanic & Related members from further mediated contract negotiations and initiate a thirty-day countdown to a strike.

When the NMB releases both parties from mediated talks, the agency would then make a proffer of binding arbitration. If either party rejects the proffer, a 30-day cooling off period would begin. If an agreement still cannot be reached by the end of the 30 days, IAM members would be free to strike.

IAM Fights to Ensure Fair Treatment of Flight Attendants

Wed. March 20, 2013

The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) this week pressed the US Treasury Department to adopt a special rule to treat Flight Attendants as full-time employees under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA).  

Machinists Union to US Airways: Contracts First, Merger Second

Thu. February 14, 2013

The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) today declared renewed contracts for its US Airways members must be concluded before the IAM is willing to support the merger of US Airways and American Airlines.

Machinists Union Reaches Tentative Agreements for 32,500 at United Airlines

Wed. February 13, 2013

Less than a year after resolving all representational disputes at the airline formed by a merger of United, Continental and Continental Micronesia airlines, the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) today announced tentative agreements for 32,500 employees in the Ramp/Fleet Service, Public Contact/Reservations and Stock Clerk/Stores classifications at the world’s largest airline.

DOL Extends FMLA Protections to Flight Attendants

Mon. February 11, 2013

The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) praise the Department of Labor’s (DOL) final rule that guarantees Flight Attendants are not denied protections afforded by the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA).

The passage of the Airline Flight Crew Technical Corrections Act in 2009 established new FMLA leave eligibility requirements that addressed the unique issues of Flight Attendant scheduling. The DOL final rule provides guidance to ensure consistent application throughout the industry and establishes a minimum basic benefit for all Flight Attendants regardless of their carrier.

IAM Presses for Further OSHA Protections for Flight Attendants

Thu. January 24, 2013

TheExpressJet FA5a International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) submitted comments to the Department of Transportation regarding the Federal Aviation Administration's Policy Statement on Occupational Safety and Health Standards for Aircraft Crewmembers.

"For many years the IAM has been concerned about the occupational safety of Flight Attendants and has advocated for OSHA to play a role in regulating safety standards for flight crewmembers," said IAM General Vice President Sito Pantoja. "This new involvement of OSHA in aircraft cabin crewmember safety is long overdue."

While praising the extension of OSHA regulations to Flight Attendants, the IAM pressed for broadening OSHA oversight beyond hazard communication, blood borne pathogens and hearing conservation for employees inside the aircraft.

"We applaud the departments for identifying these areas, allowing OSHA standards to apply, and expect this will greatly improve Flight Attendant occupational safety and health," said Pantoja. "However, OSHA involvement in aircraft cabin crewmember safety should not be limited to only these three areas."

Late last year the FAA and OSHA announced the extension of limited OSHA protections to aircraft crewmembers.

Click here to read the IAM's comments.

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