The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) announced that the National Mediation Board (NMB) certified the union as the bargaining representative for the Fleet and Passenger Service class and craft at McGee Air Services, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Alaska Air Group.
“In less than a month, the hardworking McGee ramp workers achieved a fair first contract, voluntary recognition of the IAM as their union and certification by the NMB,” said General Vice President Sito Pantoja. “This type of achievement is not the norm. It’s the result of all parties understanding that when workers have a say in their future through a collective bargaining agreement, all stakeholders benefit.”
McGee Air Services launched operations last month in Phoenix, Arizona performing ground handling services for Alaska Airlines and is expected to grow significantly in other locations. The IAM began aggressively organizing the group after the workers accepted employment at McGee Air Services and attained support from almost the entire workforce. Following the IAM’s successful card drive, McGee voluntarily recognized the IAM and both parties agreed to a first contract. Due to McGee Air Services falling under the jurisdiction of the NMB, all future workers at McGee nationwide will be IAM members.
“It’s critical that we focus on organizing all workers inside the airport fence, and this is a great example of how to do that by seizing an opportunity quickly,” continued Pantoja. “I’d personally like to thank my Chief of Staff Joe Tiberi, Airline Coordinator Tim Klima, Assistant Airline Coordinator James Carlson, Economist Richard Pantoja, Grand Lodge Representative Bill Rody and Attorney David Neigus. Without their hard work, this important agreement would not have been possible.”