Swissport Fuelers in Phoenix Gear Up for First Contract Talks

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, they conducted a power analyses and identified 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 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 Department Education Representative Brianna Gregory, culminating with a negotiations simulation in which Chris 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.”