IAM Reaches Tentative Agreement to End Alabama Lockout

IAM Negotiators announced a tentative agreement at Pemco World Air Services in Dothan, Alabama, which, if approved by members, would end the 57-day lockout that began August 11, 2005.

Full details of the accord will be provided to members prior to voting, however, the IAM Negotiating Committee in Dothan is recommending a Yes vote on the new contract. Voting for members of IAM Local 1632 in Dothan, AL will take place on October 9, 2005. A simple majority is required for ratification.

The tentative agreement comes as more than 1,000 Machinists are meeting in Chicago, IL to launch an aggressive campaign aimed at organizing hundreds of locations throughout North America. “The benefits of union membership are undisputable,” said IAM President Tom Buffenbarger. “The recent win at Boeing and the tentative agreement at Pemco are just the latest examples.”

The IAM scored another victory this week with an NLRB decision in Nevada, where a judge ordered U-Haul to reinstate and provide full back pay to 42 employees who were discharged during an IAM organizing drive at a U-Haul facility in Henderson, Nevada. “This decision is a terrific victory for those workers in Las Vegas, and a great moral victory for every union organizer,” said Machinists President Buffenbarger.

“But the real victory will come when the millions of workers across the U.S. who want to join a union can exercise that right without being illegally fired, harassed or discriminated against.”