Posted December 2, 2013:
US Airways-American Airlines Merger Info
For all the latest updates from District 141 on the merger between US Airways and American Airlines be sure to check out http://www.iam141.org/us/update.html.
Rich Delaney, 01 December 2013: Download
District 141 representatives and United Airlines management have been meeting regularly over the past weeks to make sure the agreements we reached that led to a ratified contract are fully implemented as quickly as possible. We have tried to address issues in a priority order that benefits our members the most.
We have previously reported that the company has committed to issue the retroactive/signing bonus payment no later than December 16, 2013. There has been a lot of work done by both sides to make sure that the right people are getting the right amount of back pay and seniority credit for the signing bonus. We have completed that work and are on track to maintain the December 16th due date. The issue of revised or increased contributions to individual 401(k) accounts has been finalized also. Unless an individual employee changes their existing contribution rate, that percentage deduction will be made from the retroactive/signing bonus payment. If an individual wishes to increase or decrease their contribution they must do that through the fund managing their 401(k) accounts; that differs between s-UA and s-CO employees. Contact information for the funds is available through the company website.
It is anticipated that some members will question the accuracy of the retroactive pay calculation. A process is being finalized that will give those members the avenue to correct any possible errors. Members will need to have documentation, such as pay stubs, that can be used to verify earnings for any period of time in question. More information regarding the appeal process will be available within the next two weeks.
The application of the newly negotiated vacation rules has also been discussed. All provisions of the contract are considered to be in effect for 2014 vacations with 2 exceptions. One, the allocation of additional accrued weeks for some members is still in discussion. It has been determined to continue talks over this issue and proceed with the bidding process. If, and when, the accrual is agreed to additional paid vacation time will be granted in the form of DAT's. The second issue is the deferring of holidays to be used for an additional bid week of vacation. It is not possible to be implemented this year for s-UA members as the needed holidays have already been observed during 2013. Single day deferrals will be allowed during 2014 and the full deferral program will be available for all members in 2014. All other provisions of the new vacation provisions are in effect; including the purchasing of an additional week of vacation for s-UA members. The rules for the purchase of this week are available through the local committee.
One of the most significant aspects of the new agreement is the impact on line station s-UA members. United Airlines made a decision to move away from the concept of cross-utilized agents and intend to have all employees in single classifications. The debate over that decision was held during negotiation sessions and the new contract addresses the reality of the situation. It outlines the rights of members effected by the need to choose between working inside or outside on a permanent basis.
The company intends to move forward with this change now. Discussions have been ongoing regarding the selection process for all line stations. Information will be provided over the next week to outline the process and timeline. Decisions that are made by members will not immediately go into effect but they will be unchangeable. Both the Union and the Company are trying to get as much information to the employees as possible before asking them to make this decision, including possible headcount reductions in their station in their station. Any reduction in force will be the result of the business decisions United has made for each station and is not a result of the change in our contract. All stations will maintain their current headcount and work status makeup during this selection process.
Arbitrator Javits has issued a revised seniority list as a result of several corrections that were required after both the Union and Company reviewed the original lists. Individual protests to the list are still being evaluated by Mr. Javits and will be addressed as single issues and determined by Mr. Javits. All members are asked to review the revised list and make sure their personal information regarding seniority is accurate. The revised list will be used for any seniority related decisions that may need to be made and any changes mandated by Mr. Javits for individual members will be adjusted as needed.
Other areas of the contract that need to have agreed to procedures are being discussed and completed. Topics such as overtime rules, selection practices for specialized areas like Global Services/United Clubs, seniority point transfer rules, holiday trading, distribution of authorized union time, ops coordinator and appearance coordinator movement, and formalizing the temporary recall of furloughed employees and the filling of temporary vacancies in seasonal stations. These areas of the contract are close to being finalized and in effect as fully and quickly as possible.
District 141 and United continue to discuss the status of an Early Out program for RSM. The Ramp classification did not reach any of the threshold participation levels in the recent Early Out. However, there is still a need and desire to find a way to allow RSM to voluntarily leave the classification instead of a possible involuntary furlough of junior members. We are looking at ways to use the original program rather than start a new, different plan so that, if possible, members that were interested in taking advantage of the program can do so without delay.
IAM iMail for Tuesday, November 26, 2013
Gruber, Zannella, Mersky Receive ‘Gift of Sight Awards’
IAM Midwest Territory General Vice President Phil Gruber, Local 1363 Directing Business Representative Phil Zannella, Jr., and Onex Corp. Senior Managing Director Seth Mersky were honored with the 2013 “Gift of Sight Award” from Guide Dogs of America (GDA).
District 15 Inks Deal With Penn National Gaming
IAM District 15 reached an agreement with Penn National Gaming to work together to foster economic development in Plainville, MA and the surrounding communities.
DOE Announces Renewed Commitment to Closing Skills Gap
A new IAM video produced by the Machinists News Network outlines the Department of Education’s (DOE) newly-announced renewed commitment to adult education.
Congress Acts to Shut Down Filibusters
After years of destructive Republican obstructionism of nominee confirmations, Senate Democrats have decided to change the chamber’s rules to allow an up or down vote on most nominations.
Enroll Now for 2014 Communicator Course
The enrollment deadline for the 2014 IAM Communications Department’s Communicator Course is December 6, 2013.
Support Wal-Mart Workers on Black Friday
Instead of providing workers a living wage, multi-billion dollar company Wal-Mart is asking its workers to pitch in and donate food to each other so everyone can enjoy Thanksgiving dinner.
IAM iMail for Thursday, November 21, 2013
2013 IAM Retirees Conference Bridges Generational Divide
Hundreds of retired IAM members converged on Las Vegas this week for the 2013 IAM Retirees Conference.
IAM Helps Member Rescue Family in Philippines
When IAM Local 735 member Nabuoku Maat El of Nashville, TN, received word that one of the worst storms in recorded history was bearing down on his wife’s hometown of Naval, Biliran in the Philippines, he went into an immediate panic.
IAM Backs Stronger ‘Buy American’ Requirements
In a November 19 letter to all U.S. Senators, IAM International President Tom Buffenbarger urges support for an important amendment to strengthen “Buy American” requirements for U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) procurement contracts.
NC, TX Voter Suppression Laws Continue to Baffle
In today’s GOP voter suppression news, North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory defends his state’s recent and controversial changes to early voting, saying he and fellow GOP lawmakers “didn’t shorten early voting, we compacted the calendar.”
‘Rethinking Free Trade’
A new round of negotiations on the extremely-flawed Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a massive trade deal poised to kill more jobs than NAFTA, began November 19 in Salt Lake City, Utah. As the Obama administration’s top U.S. negotiators continue secret talks on the agreement, it’s worth taking a look back at a 2011 op-ed by then-former Maine governor Angus King published in Bowdoin College’s Daily Sun.
IAM iMail for Tuesday, November 19, 2013
NFFE/IAM Wins Landslide Election at Aberdeen Proving Ground
Employees of the Army Contracting Command (ACC) at Aberdeen Proving Ground in Gunpowder, MD have a rich history of NFFE/IAM representation. However, a recent agency realignment brought a new group of contractors to the base, forcing a combination between new and veteran Aberdeen ACC employees. The new contractors also had a history of union representation.
IAM in Negotiations at Pratt and Whitney
IAM District 26 and Pratt and Whitney (P&W) recently opened a new round of contract talks covering 2,700 members at Local 700 in Middletown, CT and Local 1746 in East Hartford, CT.
IAM Hosts Expert Bankruptcy Panel Meeting
The IAM recently welcomed to headquarters a key group of bankruptcy experts, attorneys and representatives from the AFL-CIO, the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC) and the State University of New York (SUNY).
IAM Delegates Stand Up for Working Women at 2013 CLUW Convention
More than 400 delegates from 40 International Unions met at the 17th Biennial Convention of the Coalition of Labor Union Women (CLUW) in Reno, NV. The theme for the convention was "CLUW: Moving the Working Women's Agenda Forward!"
Federal Workers Alliance Demands End to Budgetary Assaults on Federal Workforce
The IAM and the National Federation of Federal Employees (NFFE) joined 17 other unions representing 300,000 federal workers in a joint letter to members of the House-Senate negotiating committee tasked with hammering out a budget deal urging lawmakers to craft a long-term solution that ends sequestration without inflicting additional financial burden on federal workers who have already suffered enough economic turmoil.
IAM District 9 Honors Military Veterans
IAM District 9 in Bridgeton, MO held its second annual Military Veterans Brunch on Sunday, November 10, 2013 to honor and remember the IAM District 9 veterans’ service and sacrifice. Greater St. Louis area veterans from Missouri and Illinois attended the event.
Posted November 18, 2013:
IAMAW AIRLINE LOCAL 1833
CALL for PROPOSED CHANGES to BYLAWS
Local Lodge Bylaws Article X, Section 1(a) and (e) Amendment of the Local Bylaws state: A call for changes to the Local Lodge Bylaws shall be proposed as needed by the Executive Board. Date and Time for a Bylaws meeting shall be decided by the Executive Board. All proposals must be in writing, signed by at least one (1) member, and referred to a Bylaws Committee appointed by the Executive Board.
Bylaw changes MUST be read as proposed at two consecutive meetings. Immediately following the second reading, the Bylaws Committee shall submit their recommendations.
The first reading of the proposed changes will be at the regular day shift business meeting on December 12, 2013, 2:00 PM at our regular meeting place at the Eagles Post #3208, 9152 Old Cedar Ave., Bloomington, MN.
*****Please note the location change*****
The second reading and vote on the proposed changes will be held January 9, 2014 at 3:00 PM following the regular business meeting at the Ramada Mall of America hotel, (the old Thunderbird) 2300 East American Blvd., Bloomington, MN
Please use the” Proposed Bylaw Change Forms” when submitting proposed changes. These forms may be obtained from the Local Lodge office and/or Grievance/Shop Committee offices. Deadline for submitting proposed changes will be December 11, 2013. Any proposals received after that date will not be considered. No e-mail submissions will be accepted! Please mail proposed changes to:
IAMAW Airline Local 1833, P. O. Box 69, Newport, MN 55055
Airline Local 1833, IAMAW
IAM iMail for Thursday, November 14, 2013
Machinists Vote to Reject Boeing Proposal
Sixty-seven percent of members of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAMAW) District 751, District W-24 voted Wednesday to reject the Boeing Company’s offer of an eight-year contract extension that would have expired in 2024.
IAM Testifies on Damaging Sequestration Cuts
As Congress considers extending the misguided sequestration in ongoing budget talks, the Senate Subcommittee on Defense held an important hearing on sequestration’s crippling effects on jobs, troop safety and the nation’s defense manufacturing capability.
IAM Mourns Former Auditor Gerry Zannella
Former Grand Lodge Auditor Gerry Zannella passed away on November 8, 2013. Zannella was a member of Local Lodge 1017 in Providence, RI.
IAM Members Fly Union Flag at Cameron
At many companies, IAM members make the products or do the work but the public doesn’t know. That won’t be the case for any visitor to the Cameron company facility in Cheektowaga, NY.
2014 IAM Calendars Now On Sale
The 2014 IAM Calendar is now on sale. The popular calendar features the winners of the IAM Photo Contest. The cost is still $7 per calendar for individual orders and $5 per calendar for orders of 100 or more. Two dollars from each calendar sold are donated to Guide Dogs of America.
IAM iMail for Tuesday, November 12, 2013
IAM Scores Organizing Win for 1,700 in Missouri
Workers at the Independence, MO plant that serves as the Defense Department’s primary source for military 5.56 mm, 7.62 mm and .50-caliber rifle ammunition voted recently to become the newest members of the IAM in Kansas City, MO.
District 751 to Vote November 13 on Boeing 777X Proposal
Voting is set to take place on Wednesday, November 13 on the Boeing proposal that would secure the 777X wing and fuselage production and assembly for the Puget Sound.
Machinists Union: US Airways Chooses Labor Unrest
“US Airways’ celebration is premature,” said IAM District 141 President Rich Delaney on the announcement of a deal between US Airways, American Airlines and the Department of Justice that removed government opposition to the proposed merger. “Until the carrier negotiates new contracts for its own IAM-represented employees, the new American Airlines will not get off the ground.”
Civil Rights Group Highlights Minority Health Disparities
Minority health care took center stage at a recent event hosted by the National Action Network (NAN) in Washington, DC.
Tell the Senate to Confirm Yellen for Fed Reserve Chair
In the very near future, the Senate Banking Committee will schedule hearings on Janet Yellen's nomination to be Chairwoman of the Federal Reserve. President Obama picked Yellen to replace Ben Bernanke who retires in early 2014.
IAM Mourns Retired Administrative Assistant Wayne Coin
Retired IAM Administrative Assistant Wayne Coin died October 31, 2013 at his home in Milan, MO.
Posted November 8, 2013:
IAM iMail for Thursday, November 7, 2013
IAM Members to Vote on Boeing 777X Proposal
IAM members at District 751 and District W-24 will vote on November 13, 2013 on a proposal from the Boeing Company that, if approved, would guarantee the Boeing 777X wings and fuselage will be built by IAM members in the Puget Sound.
Register Now for IAM Young Workers/Emerging Leaders Conference
Register now for the IAM’s Young Workers and Emerging Leaders Conference to be held in San Antonio, TX, January 16-18, 2014. The conference will be in conjunction with the AFL-CIO’s 2014 Martin Luther King, Jr. Observance which is also taking place in San Antonio.
Veterans Day: In Honor of All Those Who Have Served
Monday, November 11, 2013 is Veterans Day. Please take time out to honor the men and women in the armed forces who are serving and have served our nation.
Congress Tries Something New: Bills that Create Jobs
A group of Senate Democrats are doing what most of this gridlocked Congress refuses to do – introduce bills that put Americans back to work.
Fighting Machinist, Charlie Bryan, Dies at 79
Former IAM District 100 President and leader of the famed IAM strike at Eastern Airlines in the late 1980s died at a retirement community outside Orlando, FL. He suffered from leukemia and Parkinson’s disease.
IAM iMail for Tuesday, November 5, 2013
Voting Underway for Election Day 2013
Candidates for governor, mayor, and a host of ballot issues are on the ballot Tuesday as voters across the country take to the polls for Election Day 2013.
IAM, USW and UAW Join to Ensure Fair Trade in TPP
The IAM has joined the United Steelworkers and United Auto Workers in a joint proposal to protect workers in countries signed-on to the overly-ambitious, extremely-flawed Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a proposed free trade agreement that’s currently being negotiated in secrecy and with no congressional oversight.
2013 Photo Contest Winners Announced
Results of the 2013 IAM Photo Contest are in and the 2014 Calendar is rolling off the presses.
San Fran MTA and Public Workers Complete Bargaining Prep at WWW
IAM-represented city and county workers of San Francisco along with San Francisco Municipal Transit Agency (MTA) employees are preparing for tough negotiations.
Guide Dogs Visits Corpus Christi Bike Fest
In a new video produced by the Machinists News Network, Guide Dogs of America (GDA) roars into the Corpus Christi Bike Fest in Corpus Christi, TX.
Minnesota Retirees Form Machinists State Council
After much planning and collaboration, a core group of dedicated and persistent retired Machinists have officially formed the Minnesota State Council of Machinists Retirees.
Posted November 1, 2013:
IAM iMail for Thursday, October 31, 2013
New IAM Video on Fight to Preserve America’s Pensions
The IAM will not stand idly by as Congress attempts to pass legislation that would allow “deeply-troubled” multi-employer pension plans to cut benefits for current retirees, said IAM International President Tom Buffenbarger at a recent IAM press conference held outside a House Subcommittee on Health, Employment, Labor and Pensions (HELP) hearing.
New Sequestration, Budget Talks Begin Ahead of Dec. 13 Deadline
A congressional budget conference committee made up of Senate and House members met for the first time Wednesday, October 30, in a joint effort to avoid another government shutdown and to address a second round of sequestration spending cuts scheduled to take effect January 15, 2014.
ILO Rejects Canada Law Barring Right to Strike
In response to a complaint filed by the IAM, the International Labor Organization’s (ILO) Committee on Freedom of Association found that the Conservative Canadian Government violated international labor rights when it passed the so-called Protecting Air Services Act (Bill C-33), a measure that made it illegal for members of the IAM and the Pilots Union at Air Canada to exercise their right to strike under the Canada Labour Code. The bill also imposed “final offer” arbitration on both unions, based on criteria clearly favoring Air Canada.
IAM, USW and UAW Join to Ensure Fair Trade in TPP
The IAM has joined with the United Steelworkers and United Auto Workers in a joint proposal to protect workers in each of the countries signed-on to the overly-ambitious, extremely-flawed Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a proposed free trade agreement that’s currently being negotiated in secrecy and with no congressional oversight.
Eastern Territory Launches New Automotive Organizing Website
A new website launched by the IAM Eastern Territory and designed by Grand Lodge Representative Mark Ward caters specifically to automotive professionals and facilitates their efforts to organize a union shop where they work. The site, unionmechanic.org, is an innovative “Virtual Garage” that contains a variety of information from the types of employers with IAM-represented employees to hands-on tools to get an organizing drive started in non-union shops.
Make Reservations for 2013 Guide Dogs Conference
It’s not too late to register to attend the 2013 Guide Dogs of America Conference. This year’s conference will be held November 21-23, 2013 in Las Vegas.
IAM iMail for Tuesday, October 29, 2013
Machinists Union Opposes Plan to Cut Pensions
At a hearing by the House Subcommittee on Health, Employment, Labor, and Pensions, IAM voiced its strong opposition to any new federal legislation that would allow “deeply-troubled” multi-employer defined benefit pension plans to reduce benefits to current retirees, a practice that is not permitted by the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA).
IAM Members Ratify Contracts at United Airlines
After more than four years of negotiations, a merger of three airlines and numerous representation elections, the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) today announced members at United Airlines ratified agreements covering approximately 30,000 fleet service, passenger service and stockroom employees.
IAM, CSX Reach Historic Deal in West Virginia Plant
Reversing a decades-long trend of sub-contracting locomotive maintenance work in the rail sector, the IAM announced an historic deal with CSX in the Huntington, West Virginia plant.
IAM Shows Solidarity with Brazilian Metalworkers
IAM members stood side-by-side with Brazilian metalworkers as they aired their grievances over unsatisfactory wage increases at aerospace company Embraer.
Ohio State Council of Machinists Endorse Fitzgerald for Governor
The Ohio State Council of Machinists (OSCM) endorsed Cuyahoga County Executive and former FBI Agent Ed FitzGerald for governor at its fall meeting in Columbus, OH. The OSCM counts 30,000 IAM workers and retirees in Ohio.
Posted October 29, 2013:
ALL CONTRACTS RATIFIED
Rich Delaney, 29 October 2013: Download
District 141 members, employed by United Airlines, have ratified their tentative agreement with the airline in significant numbers. Voting took place yesterday, October 28, 2013, across the entire United system, from New York to Guam and from Seattle to San Juan, Puerto Rico. Members in Customer Service, Reservations, Ramp Service, and Storekeeper work classifications participated in the vote with over 65% participation.
The four year struggle to reach an agreement with United has been historic and difficult. Negotiations began in 2009 as the carrier was reemerging from the longest bankruptcy in American history at the time. Throughout the negotiation process our members faced an ever changing environment that challenged their solidarity and threatened their security. Our members faced the challenge of merger and consolidation during this period in the way that Union members before them have; through open and honest debate in union halls and work areas across the country and we have reached the conclusion together.
The agreements that have been ratified today have the support and endorsement of over 70% of the voting members. This level of support could not have been reached without an engaged membership that honestly and seriously evaluated the changes in their contracts and chose to participate in this ratification process.
We thank all members that took the time and effort to voice their opinion, through their vote. We can now move forward to implement the positive changes this agreement brings – long awaited wage improvements, meaningful job protections, increased quality of life benefits, and the commitment of a secure retirement with dignity.
Posted October 25, 2013:
This is just a reminder; for more updates from this week, scroll down or click here.
PCE & RAMP EMPLOYEES
AND STRIKE AUTHORIZATION
Monday, October 28, 2013
7:00 AM TO 7:00 PM
RAMADA MALL OF AMERICA-AIRPORT
2300 E AMERICAN BLVD
NOTES: Voting room will be located near the hotel lobby. Look for Signage!
*****In order to vote you MUST be current on dues and a member in good standing
IAMAW Airline Local 1833
(DOWNLOAD .DOC FILE)
United Airlines Retroactive/Back Pay Hotline
1 (847) 434-1631 - 0930-2000 CDT
Thousands of members have called in to the District 141 Retroactive Backpay Hotline today. We know that thousands more have been trying to make contact with us to find out their personal amount of owed money. We thank you for your patience and hope you understand that even with 10 volunteers manning the phones the volume of calls has been incredible.
The Hotline will maintain the same hours – 0930 – 2000 CDT – for the remaining days until the ratification vote on Monday, October 28, 2013.
Please continue to call, we will answer your call as soon as possible.
Members need to provide: Your Legacy Carrier and your employee number. You will be provided with the gross amount of retroactive/back pay. Your signing bonus is in addition to your retroactive/back pay.
U.S. Airways Talks Scheduled
From Rich Delaney:
We have been informed by the National Mediation Board that post government shutdown and the return to full service, scheduling of mediated negotiations sessions have been reestablished. As a result, previously planned dates of negotiation have been changed. The mediators have determined that the negotiation sessions held between the company and District 142 were not recognized as formal discussions, since no mediator was present. Those meetings have been rescheduled for the weekly originally planned for District 141 talks.
District 141 will meet with US Airways management, along with federal mediator Andy Nordgren, in Phoenix, Arizona the week of November 18th. Both parties are expected to return to the bargaining table prepared to fully discuss outstanding issues and attempt to reach an agreement with US Airways prior to a finalized merger with American Airlines.
As the legal process continues to determine if the proposed merger will go forward, your negotiating team remains focused on gaining the improvements in our current contract that members have said are the most important to them, through proposals and surveys.
IAM iMail for Thursday, October 24, 2013
House Hearing to Cut Retiree Pensions Set for Oct. 29
A contingent of IAM members and retirees will be attending an upcoming House committee hearing on “pension reform” and changes to laws governing the nation’s multi-employer pension system on Tuesday, October 29, 2013.
Second Round of Sequestration Threatens the F-35 Fighter Program
An article posted on The Hill website warns that sequestration could kill four or five F-35 fighter jets in 2014 if the across-the-board cuts are not averted.
GVP Pantoja Visits PIT Maintenance Base
Amid stalled negotiations with US Airways due to the airline’s refusal of a fair contract offer to IAM members at the carrier, General Vice President (GVP) Sito Pantoja went to the Pittsburgh maintenance base to visit with members.
Fair Labor Standards Act Marks 75 Years
October 24 marks the 75th anniversary of the day the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) went into effect. The landmark bill outlawed child labor, established the 40-hour work week, guaranteed overtime pay and instituted a national minimum wage.
IAM iMail for Tuesday, October 22, 2013
NY Times Profiles IAM Lobstermen in Maine
The IAM’s year-long campaign to help establish the Maine Lobstermen’s Union was given extensive print and photo coverage in the October 10 edition of the New York Times. The article, titled “Some Wary as Lobstermen Unite,” dominated the front page of the paper’s National section and described how organizers signed up more than 600 men and women to create the first IAM local lodge dedicated exclusively to Maine’s lobster fishermen.
Illinois Machinist Wins Wrongful Discharge Case
Here’s another great example of why it pays to have a union contract. IAM Local 126 member Tom Symmes is back at work after being wrongfully discharged. Symmes was terminated when his employer, LPB Manufacturing in Cicero, IL, unilaterally changed the attendance policy without notification or bargaining. He was involved in an ongoing first contract effort at the company.
Twitter Followers Pounce on Campaign to Cut Social Security
It’s fair to say billionaire Pete Peterson’s anti-deficit lobbying group Fix the Debt got more than it bargained for when the organization recently decided to hold a Q&A session on Twitter. The fearmongering campaign was trying to sell young taxpayers of the “Twitterverse” on its agenda for cutting grandma’s and grandpa’s Social Security and Medicare.
Sign Up to Keep Chinese-Processed Chicken Out of U.S.
The next chicken you eat could take a detour to China before ending up at your local grocery store—unless you help Roger Simmermaker, president of IAM Local 610 of Cape Canaveral, FL, stop a bad idea in its tracks.
Bangladesh Safety Accord Reaches 100 Brand Milestone
More than 100 global brands have signed the Bangladesh Accord on Fire and Building Safety, a landmark agreement driven by global unions IndustriALL and UNI in the aftermath of the Rana Plaza building collapse in April 2013.
Posted October 18, 2013:
UNITED AIRLINES – CONTRACT VOTING NOTICE
United Airlines Contract Ratification for Fleet Service, Passenger Service, Stores and Strike Vote will take place system wide on Monday, October 28, 2013.
Information and Ballots have been sent to all Local Lodges and Local Notification of voting locations and times will soon follow and will be posted on the shop bulletin boards.
IAM iMail for Thursday, October 17, 2013
Last-Minute Vote Derails Tea Party Crazy Train
The federal government reopened Thursday after a 16-day shutdown. The shutdown, triggered by Tea Party conservatives, rattled the already-fragile U.S. and global economies, closed federal agencies, furloughed hundreds of thousands of federal workers and drove the country to the brink of default.
Introducing the New IAM Mobile 3.0 App
The IAM App is embarking on its third year with the launch of IAM Mobile 3.0, a new cutting-edge tool that lets IAM members stay up-to-date with their union like never before.
New Front Opens in War on Pensions
If there is a bright side to the GOP government shutdown, it may be the decision by the House Education and the Workforce Committee to postpone an October 10 hearing to consider “pension reform” and changes to laws governing the nation’s multi-employer pension plans.
California Machinists Raise Over $45,000 for Guide Dogs
With fall festivities in full swing, Machinists in California were determined to take part by participating in events for a good cause.
IAM iMail for Tuesday, October 15, 2013
The Strong Arm of the Law
With more than 5,000 contracts covering workers in dozens of major industries, the IAM is recognized as one of the most diversified labor unions in North America. But a recent contract negotiated for paralegals and office personnel in Maine brings that diversity into sharp relief.
Op-Ed: F-35 Critical to Good Jobs and U.S. Defense
Continued funding for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program is essential to a strong economy and national defense, says an op-ed written by IAM District 725, Huntington Beach, CA, Organizing Director Brian Miller in the Hanford Sentinel.
Take action today. Tell Congress to stop sequestration by clicking here.
District 15 Assistant DBR Mike Walsh Wins Journeyman Award
IAM District 15 Assistant Directing Business Representative Mike Walsh, a 47-year IAM member, was awarded the first-ever R. Thomas Buffenbarger Journeyman Award at the 2013 IAM Automotive Conference in Fort Lauderdale, FL.
CBTU Co-Founder Bill Lucy Addresses ‘Desperate’ State of Black Workers
Revered labor leader Bill Lucy, a Co-Founder and former President of the Coalition of Black Trade Unionists (CBTU), called on Congress to enact New Deal-style public works programs at a panel discussion on black workers at Georgetown University.
Posted October 11, 2013:
IAM iMail for Thursday, October 10, 2013
House Dems Push ‘Discharge Petition’ to Force Vote, End Shutdown
House Democrats are exploring an alternative option for breaking the political stalemate and reopening the U.S. government. They have written each of the 30 House Republicans who have expressed support for a clean government funding bill, urging the GOP members to sign onto a “discharge petition.”
Federal Employees to Congress: ‘Let Us Work’
Federal workers’ unions could not stop the rain at a Capitol Hill rally, but they let House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) know that he can stop this government shutdown.
Labor Speaks Out Against Three Coal Mining Deaths Amid Government Shutdown
Workers in the U.S. coal mining industry have a message for Congress: “while you’re squabbling, workers are dying.”
Donate to the IAM Disaster Relief Fund
The IAM Disaster Relief Fund has taken quite a hit after the record year of devastation that has impacted IAM members throughout the country. The fund needs donations and fellow IAM members can help.
‘Two-Tier’ Voting Looks to Further Disenfranchise Citizens
Officials in Arizona and Kansas are planning to implement a two-tier voting system as a way to comply with federal voting laws while keeping their strict state proof of citizenship laws in place.
Last Call for 2013 Communicator Course Enrollment
The Communications Department will still accept enrollments for the Communicator Course until October 15, 2013.
IAM iMail for Tuesday, October 8, 2013
Belshaw Workers Ratify Agreement After Six-Month Strike
Closing the books on a 196-day strike, IAM District Lodge 160 Directing Business Representative Dan Morgan announced that IAM Local Lodge 79 members employed at Belshaw Adamatic in Seattle overwhelmingly approved the company's latest offer which included the last key provision the union held the line to achieve: All of the union members would go back to work and the "permanent replacement workers" would be dismissed.
Trabajadores Belshaw Ratifican Acuerdo Después de una Huelga de Seis Meses
Se cierran los libros en una huelga de 196 días, Dan Morgan, Representante de Empresas del Distrito IAM 160 anunció que los miembros de IAM Logia Local 79 de Belshaw Adamatic en Seattle aprobaron por mayoría la última oferta de la empresa que incluye la última disposición clave del sindicato mantuvo la línea y lograron: Todos los miembros del sindicato volverían a trabajar y los "trabajadores de sustitución permanente" serían despedidos.
‘Rolling Stone’ Unveils Blueprint of Nationwide Scheme to Attack Pensions
A scathing article in Rolling Stone by investigative journalist Matt Taibbi, entitled “Looting the Pension Funds,” takes a harsh look at how “all across America, Wall Street is grabbing money meant for public workers.”
Government Shutdown Continues to Cause Pain for Working Families
Federal employees and their unions, including the IAM-affiliated National Federation of Federal Employees (NFFE), now in the eighth day of the government shutdown, continue to demand that Congress end its standoff and reopen the federal government.
WWW Welcomes First IAM Members from U.S. Virgin Islands
Two IAM Local 340 members have made history by becoming the first IAM members from the U.S. Virgin Islands to attend classes at the William W. Winpisinger (WWW) Education and Technology Center in Southern Maryland.
IAM District W24 Recognized by Oregon AFL-CIO for Leadership in Organizing
IAM District Lodge W24 was recognized for leadership and strength in the Oregon Organizing Project at the 53rd Oregon AFL-CIO Convention held in Bend, OR on September 29, 2013.
Posted October 4, 2013:
October Local Meeting
NOTE TIME CHANGE
OCTOBER 10, 2013
EAGLES POST #32089152 Old Cedar Ave. Bloomington
BE SURE TO INVITE YOUR FRIENDS AND/
OR CO-WORKERS - LEARN ABOUT AND
PARTICIPATE IN YOUR UNION
TENTATIVE AGREEMENT @ UAL
LOTS TO TALK ABOUT AND PLAN
United Early Out Sign Up Date Extended
OCTOBER 3, 2013 (DOWNLOAD)--After discussion between United and the IAM it has been agreed to extend the time frame for signing up for the enhanced Early Out program until October 18, 2013. This is being done in order to allow interested members to review and evaluate the planned insurance program for 2014. The company is still finalizing the information necessary for the Open Enrollment for annual insurance and expects it to be available to all by October 18th.
We have also discussed and agreed on the implementation of the provision known as the Bridge to Medicare for participants of the Early Out program. The current criteria for s-CO employees to be considered eligible for the Bridge health insurance will be available for all participants of the Early Out, regardless of legacy carrier. The qualification of minimum seniority of 10 years will apply. Future retirees, outside of the special Early Out program, will follow the eligibility requirements of the collective bargaining agreement in place at the time of their retirement.
Plans are being finalized to conduct information meetings for station Committee members on October 10th and 11th. Explanations of the tentative agreement and the transition of all IAM members to the single health insurance program will be given. Further explanation material is being developed and printed, much of which will be mailed directly to members' homes.
During the explanation meetings there will be opportunities for local representatives to ask questions to clarify the tentative agreement and dispel rumors. In advance, one rumor that has surfaced that is easily addressed is the concern of s-CO Above the Wing employees who will become IAM members after a ratified agreement is in place. The requirement and expectation that these new members will begin paying union dues starts at the point of ratification and is not retroactive to any other date or time.
Members in TUS, CVG, ROC, ALB, MDT, and GRR received their option forms for reduction in force due to the contracting out of these stations, planned for November 15, 2013. A new provision within the current tentative agreement would allow District 141 the opportunity to negotiate on behalf of each effected station to explore ways to keep the stations operating with IAM represented United employees. Our intent, upon ratification of the agreement, is to call for these discussions to begin immediately, prior to November 15th, and apply this new language to the currently impacted stations. Members are encouraged to thoughtfully examine their opti
Federal Workers Bear Brunt of Shutdown
OCTOBER 3, 2013--The government shutdown poses severe risks for federal workers and their local communities, says NFFE-IAM Federal District 1 President William R. Dougan in a new Machinists News Network video.
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As Congress fails to pass a budget and enters day three of closed government, Dougan says 70 percent of his 110,000 membership are being held hostage. In all, at least 800,000 federal workers, including NFFE-IAM members, are either furloughed or working without pay.
“They’re confused. They’re stressed and they’re scared,” said Dougan. “With a furlough, some of them are going to be put in a situation where they are not going to get paid, not going to make mortgage payments, make car payments, make tuition payments for their kids and won’t even be able to put food on their table.”
Dougan says many NFFE-IAM members work outside of Washington, DC. They live in small towns around the country, performing a variety of jobs ranging from fighting fires to providing health care to veterans. The shutdown will have a severe impact on those local economies.
“These people spend their dollars there at the grocery stores and retail businesses,” said Dougan. “Without that income, we’re going to see those local economies suffer.”
The shutdown began Tuesday, October 1, 2013, when Republican members of Congress refused to pass a budget unless Democrats agreed to defund the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. However, there are reports today that, in a push to end the shutdown swiftly, a growing number of House Republicans say they will now support a bill to fund the government without the health care requirement.
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IAM iMail for Thursday, October 3, 2013
Federal Workers Bear Brunt of Shutdown
The government shutdown poses severe risks for federal workers and their local communities, says NFFE-IAM Federal District 1 President William R. Dougan in a new Machinists News Network video.
Take action now by clicking here. Tell your Senators and Representative to pass a clean budget and re-open the U.S. government for business.
Chinese Trade Deficit Cost American Workers $37 Billion in 2011
The growing trade deficit with China cost the U.S. economy $37 billion in wages in 2011 alone, and eliminated over 2.1 million manufacturing jobs from 2001 to 2011, according to a new Economic Policy Institute report.
IAM Retiree Receives 70-Year Veteran Pin
Retired Grand Lodge Auditor Theron Black has received the Machinists Union’s 70-year Veteran award for his many years of service as an IAM member.
Snake and Mongoose: A Union-Made, Family-Friendly Film
IAM members looking for a break from today’s sex and violence-soaked movie offerings will enjoy “Snake and Mongoose,” a new independent film produced entirely by union members. The film tells the story of Don “The Snake” Prudhomme and Tom “The Mongoose” McEwen, who reigned over the world of dragster and funny car racing in the late 1960s and 1970s.