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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.
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.
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.
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.
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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:
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.
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 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.
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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.
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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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
The 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.