In a lightning quick campaign, over 100 aircraft cleaners employed by JetStream Ground Services in Phoenix voted by 88 percent in favor of IAM representation. The workers cited respect on the job as the driving issue in forming a union.
“I’d like to welcome these workers into the IAM family,” said IAM Transportation General Vice President Sito Pantoja. “I’d also like to thank the organizing team for working so hard to support these brave workers.”
“Over a very short period, our team was able to launch a campaign, get the employees’ support and win this representation election,” said IAM District 142 President Dave Supplee. “We had to overcome both jurisdictional challenges and an anti-union campaign. Now we invite the company to respect its employees in the next phase – getting these employees of Jetstream a contract to provide a living wage and union benefits.”
“Part of ending the race to the bottom created by these non-union, ground service vendors is to support these workers’ efforts to unionize,” continued Pantoja. “These courageous workers are in the greatest need of the dignity and respect a union contract affords.”
The JetStream Aircraft Cleaners are in preparations for their first contract talks, the next phase of their campaign for respect and dignity on the job.
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