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In an announcement that brings us one step closer to joint contract negotiations for more than 30,000 Mechanic and Related, Fleet Service and Stores employees at American Airlines, the National Mediation Board (NMB) today ruled that the carrier is operating as a single transportation system.
Today's determination is a necessary precursor to certifying the TWU-IAM Association, an alliance formed by both unions after the merger of American Airlines and US Airways, as the collective bargaining representative for the above employees at the merged carrier.
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.
The National Mediation Board (NMB) exercised its authority to call a short notice meeting between the leadership of the IAM and US Airways at the NMB offices in Washington, DC on December 17, 2013 to discuss the status of ongoing negotiations. The meeting was not for the purpose of negotiations that would otherwise occur at the bargaining table, but rather for the purpose of the Board to discuss directly with the parties the current status of negotiations.
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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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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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 IAM has requested the National Mediation Board (NMB) release the IAM from mediated contract talks with the Long Island Railroad (LIRR). If granted, a release would trigger a 30-day “cooling off” period. If an agreement still cannot be reached during that time, either party may engage in self-help.
The National Mediation Board (NMB) yesterday certified the IAM as the authorized representative of 185 Fleet Technical Instructors (FTIs) at the airline formed by the merger of United, Continental and Continental Micronesia.
The IAM spoke out for transportation workers’ rights at a recent hearing before the National Mediation Board (NMB) to consider procedures governing representation disputes following an airline merger.
It was a combination of grassroots organizing, legal prowess and sophisticated communication tactics that produced this week’s organizing victory for nearly 17,000 Passenger Service and Reservation Employees at the new United Airlines.
Nearly 17,000 Passenger Service and Reservation employees at the new United Airlines have until March 7, 2012 to cast ballots in the historic election to determine union representation for their classification.
Calling it “deeply flawed” and “a capitulation that upsets carefully balanced safeguards that have long existed in the Railway Labor Act,” IAM President Tom Buffenbarger urged President Obama to veto the “FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012.”
Congress is considering an FAA Reauthorization bill that will harm air and rail workers rights to form unions and, in the case of mergers, endanger current union members’ bargaining rights.
For years, Congress has tried to pass a long-term funding bill called “FAA Reauthorization” that would provide stable funding for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and allow it to focus on modernizing the nation’s air traffic control system, rebuild the nation’s airports and keep air travel the safest in the world. But each time the bill gets close to passage, special interests attach unrelated conditions that prevent passage of a “clean” long-term bill.
Following is a statement by 19 unions calling for passage of a clean FAA Reauthorization, without drastic and unnecessary changes to the Railway Labor Act:
Sito Pantoja, General Vice President of Transportation for the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) today issued the following statement criticizing a Congressional proposal that provides long-term Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) funding at the expense of airline and rail workers’ rights to join unions:
In an election prompted by the merger of ExpressJet Airlines and Atlantic Southeast Airlines, the IAM emerged as the clear winner in a contest to determine union representation rights for more than 2,160 Flight Attendants.
The National Mediation Board (NMB), an agency of the federal government, today set January 17, 2012 as the starting date for a five-week election that can establish the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) as the collective bargaining representative for 17,930 Passenger Service and Reservation employees at the airline formed by the merger of United Airlines, Continental Airlines and Continental Micronesia.