The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) late yesterday filed an application for a representation election at the National Mediation Board (NMB) in Washington D.C. The filing comes after approximately a three month campaign, led by a majority of Northern Air Cargo Aircraft Maintenance Technicians in Alaska, to gain IAM representation.
Approximately 50 NAC AMTs and related workers are seeking IAM representation and a voice in their future due to various inequities facing the workforce, including a lack of transparency in wage rates and vacation accruals, seniority rights and work rules and the fair application of license premiums.
“As the world’s largest transportation union, which includes tens of thousands of highly skilled aircraft mechanics, we look forward to NAC aircraft mechanics joining the IAM family,” said IAM General Vice President, and fellow aircraft mechanic, Sito Pantoja. “NAC mechanics can count on the IAM’s full power and resources to bring this campaign to a successful conclusion.”
NAC aircraft AMTs maintain a fleet of 737-300, 737-400 and 767-300 aircraft. NAC provides cargo services in Alaska, the Caribbean and South America.
“The IAM has negotiated the best contracts in the airline industry, and after NAC mechanics vote yes for the IAM, we will help NAC mechanics attain a fair contract that recognizes the contributions that this highly skilled workforce has made to this cargo carrier,” continued Pantoja.