The IAM Air Transport Territory, along with IAM Districts 141 and 142, which together represent thousands of workers at Alaska and Hawaiian Airlines, will take all necessary steps to protect the rights of its members at the carriers during and after the announced upcoming acquisition.
The airlines announced today that an agreement has been reached for Alaska Airlines to acquire Hawaiian Airlines.
“The IAM is engaged in this process and we want to ensure all of our members that their union is making sure that their collective bargaining agreements, and their rights, are being protected,” said IAM Air Transport Territory General Vice President Richie Johnsen. “We know from experience that mergers and acquisitions in the airline industry take time and require patience. Please be assured that the IAM has your back and will keep our Alaska and Hawaiian Airlines membership updated throughout this process.”
“Our membership at Alaska and Hawaiian Airlines are rightfully proud of the work they’ve done to make these carriers successful,” said IAM District 141 President and Directing General Chair Mike Klemm. “We will use every resource necessary to ensure that their livelihoods are protected during this acquisition.”
“As the largest and most powerful air transport union, the IAM knows better than anyone how to protect our membership during industry changes,” said IAM District 142 President and Directing General Chair John M. Coveny Jr. “We will be engaged in every conversation as this agreement comes into focus and protect and defend the interests of our Alaska and Hawaiian Airlines members at every turn.”
The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) is among the largest industrial trade unions in North America and represents nearly 600,000 active and retired members in the manufacturing, aerospace, defense, airlines, transportation, shipbuilding, woodworking, health care, and other industries.