Posted September 14, 2016:
September 11, 2016
General Vice President Sito Pantoja today issued the following statement to mark the anniversary of 9/11:
"Brothers and Sisters, today marks the fifteenth anniversary of the horrific terror attacks on the United States. Thousands of innocent people were killed and hundreds of others were injured in these senseless attacks. As we remember and pay homage to these fallen heroes, lest we forget the IAM family lost three members on that fateful day. United Airlines Customer Service employees Marianne McFarland and Jesus Sanchez were onboard United 175 and IAM Organizer and New York City Firefighter Keith Maynard perished in the World Trade Center collapse.
The IAM continues to mourn those fallen victims in New York, Washington DC and Pennsylvania, as well as all victims of terrorism around the world. The IAM continues to support and honor the first-responders who helped in the recovery and rebuilding of our great country.
These cowardly attacks have forever changed our country, and our union, but the IAM will never forget or stop fighting for stricter and safer flying restrictions. I salute all of our Fighting Machinists for the many jobs they perform in keeping us safe each and every day.
We Will Never Forget!!"
The International Assoc. of Machinist & Aerospace Workers Urge You To Sign On to Rep. Garamendi’s Airline Customer Service Letter to DOT & DOJ
September 13, 2016
[Link to Letter]
Posted August 30, 2016:
Posted August 10, 2016:
NMB Certifies IAM as Representative at McGee Air Services
The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) announced that the National Mediation Board (NMB) certified the union as the bargaining representative for the Fleet and Passenger Service class and craft at McGee Air Services, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Alaska Air Group.
“In less than a month, the hardworking McGee ramp workers achieved a fair first contract, voluntary recognition of the IAM as their union and certification by the NMB,” said General Vice President Sito Pantoja. “This type of achievement is not the norm. It’s the result of all parties understanding that when workers have a say in their future through a collective bargaining agreement, all stakeholders benefit.”
McGee Air Services launched operations last month in Phoenix, Arizona performing ground handling services for Alaska Airlines and is expected to grow significantly in other locations. The IAM began aggressively organizing the group after the workers accepted employment at McGee Air Services and attained support from almost the entire workforce. Following the IAM’s successful card drive, McGee voluntarily recognized the IAM and both parties agreed to a first contract. Due to McGee Air Services falling under the jurisdiction of the NMB, all future workers at McGee nationwide will be IAM members.
“It’s critical that we focus on organizing all workers inside the airport fence, and this is a great example of how to do that by seizing an opportunity quickly,” continued Pantoja. “I’d personally like to thank my Chief of Staff Joe Tiberi, Airline Coordinator Tim Klima, Assistant Airline Coordinator James Carlson, Economist Richard Pantoja, Grand Lodge Representative Bill Rody and Attorney David Neigus. Without their hard work, this important agreement would not have been possible.”
Posted July 17, 2016:
Posted July 4, 2016:
DISTRICT 142 LOUIS L. GRAY - ROBERT M. MOORE - FRANK SCORE SCHOLARSHIP AWARDS - 2016
The officers and staff of District #142 are proud to announce one (1) award of $2,500 and five (5) awards of $1,000.00 each for the 2016 scholarship competition.
The First Prize awardee of $2,500.00:
Local Lodge 1725: Heather Barber - University of North Carolina
The $1,000.00 awardees are:
Local Lodge 2559: Mitchell Neal - Arizona State University
Local Lodge 2339A: Savannah Berry - Georgia Institute of Technology
Local Lodge 1976: Madison Bender - University of Akron
Local Lodge 1894: Michelle Filipkowska - St. Johns University
Local Lodge 1445: JennyLee Pineda - To Be Determined
Congratulations to the above awardees!
We look forward to the 2017 Awards Program, knowing it will receive the same strong support and participation.
Sincerely and fraternally,
PRESIDENT & DIRECTING GENERAL CHAIR
Posted June 16, 2016:
Posted June 10, 2016:
Posted May 29, 2016:
Posted May 13, 2016:
IAM Members at United Overwhelmingly Ratify New Contracts
April 16, 2016
The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) today announced that approximately 30,000 workers at United Airlines overwhelmingly ratified seven contracts in the Fleet Service, Passenger Service, Storekeeper, Maintenance Instructor, Fleet Technical Instructor and Related and Security Officer classifications.
The five-year accords run through 2021 and provide industry-best wages, work protections and retirement security, among other improvements.
“IAM members at United Airlines can be proud of these agreements as they provide the pay, job protections and retirement security that IAM-United workers deserve,” said General Vice President Sito Pantoja. “These contracts will provide a strong foundation on which to build future improvements that will better the lives of IAM members at United Airlines.”
The IAM and United agreed in November, 2015 to open existing collective bargaining agreements early and enter “limited issue, expedited negotiations” to take advantage of favorable industry conditions. The process concluded after four months of intense bargaining and led to industry-best contracts for IAM-represented workers at United Airlines.
“I’d like to thank every IAM member that came out yesterday and voted to not only improve their lives, but also the lives of thousands of other airline workers in like classes and crafts,” said IAM District 141 President Mike Klemm. “IAM members have once again set the bar in the airline industry by demonstrating their solidarity and demanding justice on the job.”
The IAM has ratified 14 separate contracts for seven separate classifications covering approximately 30,000 workers since the merger of United, Continental and Continental Micronesia in 2010. Through two successful rounds of bargaining, IAM members have achieved wage and pension increases of more than 40 percent and industry-best work protection, among many other improvements.
District 141 will certify the ratification votes on Friday, April 22, 2016.