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.
Posted March 9, 2016:
Machinists Union Supports Munoz Strategy at United Airlines
March 8, 2016
The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) District Lodge 141 President Mike Klemm today extended his support to United Airlines Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Oscar Munoz’ strategic plan to make United the preeminent global airline in the face of a challenge from a group of investors looking to appoint six new directors to the United Continental Holdings, Inc. (UAL) Board.
“CEO Munoz has demonstrated by his actions, not merely words, that he believes employees make the difference in the success of an airline,” said IAM District 141 President Mike Klemm. “The progress we have already made in working with his team is proof of his commitment to United’s most important asset – its employees. This challenge to United’s board has the potential to distract the Company and derail the progress we have made.”
Late last year the IAM and United entered into limited issue, expedited discussions to extend contracts covering approximately 28,000 IAM members at United. As a condition for the IAM to enter those talks, United agreed to halt all outsourcing of work performed by IAM-represented workers until at least January, 2019. These negotiations are proceeding at an unprecedented pace.
“It’s our members who make sure United’s customers get to where they’re going safely and on time, in all types of conditions,” continued Klemm. “If the people who make that happen aren’t treated properly, the product suffers. Oscar Munoz and his team have helped United turn the corner in improving employee relations and that ultimately benefits employees, shareholders and passengers alike.”
Update on Assault on Airline Worker
See the letter from GVP Sito Pantoja urging support of the Assault on Customer Service amendment:
March 8, 2016
The Honorable Amy Klobuchar
United States Senate
302 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510-2308
Dear Senator Klobuchar,
On behalf of the largest airline union in North America and the thousands of airline customer service representatives that we proudly represent, we strongly urge you to include language in the Commerce Committee’s FAA reauthorization bill that mirrors the Assault on Customer Service amendment that was offered by Representative John Garamendi and adopted by the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. The provision included in H.R. 4441 would simply make it a felony to assault an airline customer service representative, including a gate or ticket agent while on duty.
Due to the nature of their employment, which includes interacting with the flying public, dealing with angry airline passengers, in some cases working alone and enforcing airline regulations, these workers are vulnerable to horrific criminal acts. Airline workers are being assaulted on a daily basis. Airline passengers who are upset about paying more for airline tickets and fees, lost luggage, flight delays and cancellations are taking their frustrations out on innocent airline workers who are simply trying to do their job. Their injuries in some cases are life altering.
When airline workers are assaulted in the course of performing their duties, the safety of every individual at the airport is placed in immediate jeopardy. With increased airline ridership, more innocent people are at risk each day.
Under the current law, it is a “felony” to assault a flight crew member such as an airline pilot or flight attendant. This provision would simply add customer service representatives to the current statute without any cost to the consumer or commercial airlines. It would also send an important message to workers that we are not turning a blind eye to these assaults and would act as a deterrent for violent behavior toward all airline workers.
Again, we respectfully ask the Committee to upgrade the penalties for assaulting airline workers by including in the Senate’s version of the FAA bill the Assault on Customer Service Representatives language that was included in HR 4441.
If you have any questions, please contact Legislative Director Hasan Solomon at (202) 420-5902 or firstname.lastname@example.org<mailto:email@example.com>
General Vice President, Transportation, IAM
Posted March 4, 2016:
IAM's Forward-Thinking Negotiations Strategy at Southwest Results in Windfall of Cash for IAM Members
February 22, 2016
When IAM members at Southwest Airlines ratified their most recent contract in December 2014, they not only received wage increases, lump sum payments and other improvements, they also ratified IAM negotiated protections against falling behind other Southwest employee groups who were still in negotiations.
IAM leadership and negotiators smartly bargained a "true-up" clause, which requires that IAM-represented Customer Service Agents and Customer Representatives receive the same percentage wage rate, lump sum and variable bonus increases as Southwest Ramp, Operations, Provisioning and Freight Agents receive. This negotiated wage and economic protection maintains IAM members’ wage rates ahead of their internal counterparts for the duration of their Agreement, which becomes amendable in December, 2018.
“IAM members at Southwest Airlines have been and continue to be critical component of that carrier’s success and are fully deserving of the benefits of their IAM contract,” said General Vice President Sito Pantoja. “I’d also like to thank the IAM Negotiating Committee for having the vision to ensure IAM members at Southwest would never fall behind and will continue to lead the way at the carrier.”
“We knew where the industry was going and negotiated a contract that ensured IAM members’ compensation remained at the top at Southwest Airlines,” said IAM District 142 President Dave Supplee. “IAM members at Southwest can expect another well-deserved raise and lump sum payment because of their IAM contract.”
Coupled with the increasing wage rates, IAM members at Southwest will also receive an addition to the 2014 lump sum bonus (distribution will be the same as in 2015) and an accelerated Return on Invested Capital (ROIC) bonus—equal to 2.5 percent of 2015 earnings—to be paid within 90 days.
These “true-up” calculations are being finalized and will be forwarded to the membership as soon as possible.
IAM Signs Hawaiian Airlines Contracts
February 25, 2016
In a ceremony at Hawaiian Airlines’ headquarters this week, the IAM and Hawaiian signed the recently-ratified agreements covering more than 2,200 Mechanic and Related, Clerical, Office, Stores, Fleet Service and Passenger Service Employees at the carrier.
“These agreements represent a tremendous amount of work, commitment and sacrifice from the members of our negotiating committees,” said General Vice President Sito Pantoja. "Their overwhelming ratification is a testament to the great work that GLRs Tom Regan and Shawn Humpherys and every member of the committees did on behalf of all IAM members at Hawaiian Airlines."
The five year accords provide pay increases, enhanced job security, hold the line on health care costs and secures profit sharing and other incentive programs.
GVP Pantoja also introduced the IAM’s new designee to the Hawaiian Board of Directors, Joseph Guerrieri, to the negotiating committees and CEO Mark Dunkerley. Guerrieri is a former federal prosecutor and founding partner of the Guerrieri, Claymon, Bartos and Parcelli law firm in Washington, D.C. Guerrieri was appointed by International President Robert Martinez with the support of the Districts 141 and 142 Executive Boards.
“Joe has been a staunch advocate for IAM members for more than three decades,” said GVP Pantoja. “There is no stronger, more qualified person to represent IAM members on the Hawaiian Board of Directors."
Carlson Named Transportation Assistant Airline Coordinator
February 25, 2016
International President Bob Martinez today appointed Transportation Department Communications Representative James Carlson to the position of Transportation Department Assistant Airline Coordinator, effective March 1, 2016.
A 24-year IAM member and former Ramp Serviceman at United Airlines, Brother Carlson initiated into Air Transport Lodge 1322 in New York City in 1992. James' record of union experience ranges from Shop Steward, Ramp Committeeman, Grievance Committee Chairman, Local Lodge President, Vice President and Trustee. Carlson also served as a District Lodge 141 Educator.
"James has a diverse skill set, which includes an impressive academic record, as well as a background in multiple nationwide organizing drives, working with local and national media, and experience representing IAM members under the unique terms of the Railway Labor Act," said General Vice President Sito Pantoja. "Brother Carlson is dedicated to improving the lives of IAM members and will be a great asset in his new role."
A second-generation IAM member, Carlson joined the Transportation Department staff as the Communications Representative in 2012. James carries a BA from Columbia University and a Master’s Degree in Industrial Labor Relations from Cornell.
District 142 Scholarship Competition
The following is a basic format for the year 2016 District #142 Scholarship Program and is intended for the guidance of all members and legal children of members who may be eligible to participate in the competition.
The competition will be open to all members in good standing of District Lodge 142 as of February 1, 2016, as well as their legal children who are 2016 graduating high school seniors. The winners of the competition will receive scholarship tuition of $1,000.00. This money will be paid directly to the college or accredited institution of higher knowledge, at which the entrant is accepted, for tuition only.
The competition will be based on an essay competition, the subject of which will be selected by the Scholarship Committee. This Committee will also select the judges, who must be scholars or leaders in the labor movement, and who are not members of District #142. The essays will be judged on grammar, style, syntax, originality and content, and the decision of the judges will be final. Upon receipt, essays and application forms will be separated and numbered correspondingly. The essays will be identified by number only for judging purposes. The Scholarship Committee will match winning essays to the appropriate application. All essays received will become the property of District #142 and may be printed in the future using the contestant's name.
To apply for the competition, a fully completed application form together with an essay must be sent by U.S. mail to the District Office and postmarked no later than midnight April 30, 2016.
Entrants must comply with all the rules regarding the Scholarship competition or face disqualification. Additionally, any information supplied by entrants found to be untrue will result in disqualification. Disqualification will be made only by majority vote of the Scholarship Committee.
Competition will open on February 16, 2016 and will close at midnight April 30, 2016. Applications postmarked after that date will not be considered. Winners will be announced on June 30, 2016.
Application forms for the competition together with specific rules and regulations are available through your Local Lodge or through the District 142 website at www.iamdl142.org . Additionally, the General Chairperson assigned to your area can provide answers to any other inquiries concerning the entire program.
All eligible members and year 2016 graduating high school seniors who are legal children of members are urged to take advantage of this opportunity to win financial assistance toward their continuing education.
Good Luck to All!!!
DISTRICT #142 SCHOLARSHIP COMMITTEE
President-Directing General Chair
Ann Pantuso Liu
Posted January 26, 2016:
Nellie Stone Johnson Scholarship