from the IAM communications department
R. Thomas Buffenbarger
GVP IAM Headquarters
|Tuesday, March 7, 2001
2001 Aerospace Conference Kicks Off
TWA: Going Once, Going Twice…
The IAM attended the auction for bankrupt Trans World Airways this week on behalf of 16,000 members at TWA. Bids were unveiled from American Airlines and others as part of the process to determine who will end up with the assets of the 75-year-old carrier.
Attorneys for the IAM filed limited objections to the American Airlines proposal when TWA moved to delete portions of IAM-TWA labor agreement. The IAM represents 16,000 employees at TWA, including mechanic and related, passenger service and flight attendants.
The IAM is requesting meetings with TWA and American to define the job status, transition terms and contract protections for IAM members under American’s proposal. If such an agreement is reached prior to Friday’s hearing, the IAM is prepared to withdraw its objections.
From the several bids presented at the auction, TWA is expected to choose the proposal by American Airlines, which includes $500 million in cash and the assumption of $3 billion in debt. Additional bidders may appear at the bankruptcy court hearing in Delaware on March 9, where the bankruptcy court judge will rule on all legitimate bids and objections.
The IAM will support and cooperate with any bid that provides verifiable job protection for our long-time members at TWA. The IAM will not entertain or support any proposal that would include former TWA owner Carl Icahn.
Friday’s decision of the U.S Bankruptcy Court in Delaware will be subject to approval by the U.S Department of Justice and the Department of Transportation.
Important Milestone for Communicator Program
The new Communicator program approved by delegates at the 2000 Grand Lodge Convention is about to mark an important milestone with this week’s release of the first “Have You Heard” electronic bulletin. The new bulletin will go out to more than 500 local and district lodge Communicators via e-mail. Communicators will then print and post the bulletin in their workplaces and further distribute it via their own e-mail network.
Senate May Vote Today to Kill Ergonomics Standard
Big Business is wasting no time calling in election favors from Congress. As early as today, the Senate could vote to kill the ergonomics standards put in place by the Clinton Administration. The GOP’s Senate Majority Whip Don Nickles, R-OK, introduced a resolution to use the obscure Congressional Review Act to overturn the ergonomics rule. The new ergonomic standards are based on more than ten years of study to find ways to reduce repetitive strain and back injuries, currently the leaders in workplace injuries. The business-backed resolution not only kills the current standard, it bars OSHA from issuing a similar standard in the future.
Call or e-mail your senators today and tell them “Hands Off the Ergo Standard.” To call your senators, use the AFL-CIO’s toll-free number 1-800-393-1082. For members with e-mail capability, go to the “Urgent Action Alert Ergo Vote Tuesday or Wednesday” link on the IAM website at www.iamaw.org to send a message directly to your Senators.
A copy of the attached “Hands Off the ERGO Standard” flyer is available for download from the AFL-CIO website at www.aflcio.org/safety/index.htm.
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