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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.