Swissport Fuelers Attend W3 Negotiation Prep

Swissport Negotiating Committee, from left: Joseph Morones, Steven Van Note, General Chairman Randy Griffith, Bronson McGee and Rob Helmer.

The Swissport Negotiating Committee this week completed Negotiations Preparation in Phoenix to get ready for first contract negotiations. The fuelers voted by a 98 percent margin for IAM representation in November 2015.

During the week-long program the Negotiating Committee received training to draft contract language, present proposals, conduct a power analysis and identify a broad array of potential tactics to achieve a first contract.

“Our Swissport brothers and sisters should be very proud of themselves as they as they prepare to chart their future at the negotiating table,” said IAM Transportation General Vice President Sito Pantoja. “They have the full support of the IAM in their quest to achieve fair first contract.”

Winpisinger Center Director Chris Wagoner administered the week-long program, assisted by Transportation Education Representative Brianna Gregory, culminating with a negotiations simulation in which Wagoner played the role of management negotiator.

“Chris did a great job of acting the role of a tough company negotiator,” said IAM District 142 General Chairman and Negotiating Committee member Randy Griffith. “The new committee now has a feel for what it’s like at the table.”