Thursday, March 27, 2003
“United’s action is especially outrageous considering we are in a critical stage of negotiations,” said District 141-M President Scotty Ford. United and its unions are currently negotiating over the bankrupt carrier’s cash crisis.
The actions by United in Indianapolis prevented IAM members from receiving the required 20-day notice of furlough, the opportunity to exercise their seniority, and moving expenses for employees choosing to relocate to another United Airlines location.
Full text of the complaint can be found in the District 141-M web site at www.iam141m.org.
FDA Targets Senior Drug Shoppers
The Alliance for Retired Americans, one such group, says it will continue its Rx Express bus trips to Canada. “The seniors who take these trips are on fixed-incomes, they have rent to pay, they have food to buy and other everyday expenses,” an Alliance spokesman noted. “In some cases, you’re talking about $1,000-a-month drug bills. Going to Canada, where prices are lower, allows them to buy their prescription drugs and still pay for food.”
The Alliance buses will “begin to roll again in May.” Buses leave from states along the Canadian border. To sign up for a trip, or obtain more information, call the Alliance Hotline at 888-373-6497, Option 2.
IAM Wins Elections in Texas, North Dakota
The new IAM members organized under terms of the Service Contract Act, a 1965 federal law that sets labor standards for workers employed by Federal contractors.
“Organizing under the Service Contract Act is a smart move for employees working for Federal contractors,” says Ken Walsh, Administrative Assistant in the IAM’s Organizing Department. “From wages to fringe benefits, we can often win terms for new members well above prevailing wage and benefit rates established by the U.S. Department of Labor.”
For more information about organizing opportunities under the Service Contract Act, go to http://www.goiam.org/organizing.asp?c=195.
Cross Tapped for Eastern Territory AA
Cross held many positions in his local union and was a District 28 business representative until his appointment to the territorial staff in March 1, 2000.
“This is a high honor,” Cross said. “I look forward to working with GVP Lynn Tucker and his outstanding staff.”
Delta Shuns Help for Laid-Off Workers
The unions promptly dispatched a community-based rapid response team from its Dislocated Workers Project. Delta officials intercepted the team and informed team members that since “Delta is a non-union company, we can’t have anything representing a union at this event.”
In point of fact, Delta’s pilots work under union contracts. Perhaps those corporate representatives were afraid that union assistance to laid-off workers might plant a seed. “Or perhaps they were afraid that such union aid for laid-off workers would be so much more helpful that it might plant an even bigger seed,” said IP Tom Buffenbarger.
Connecticut Truck Repair Techs Vote IAM
Eastern Territory GVP Warren Mart welcomed the new members into the IAM and thanked District 15 DBR John Scarfi and Assistant DBR James Conigliaro for a job well done. Special mention was also made recognizing the efforts of BR Victor Bobes.