Posted February 25, 2014:
1 – United Airlines
Ramp Grievance Committee Position
Any United Airlines ramp member interested in the vacant grievance committee position should submit in writing a letter of interest to the Local Lodge 1833 Recording Secretary no later than 3:00 PM, Wednesday, March 19, 2014.
Any United Airlines member in good standing (as defined in the IAMAW Constitution and the Local 1833 Bylaws), current in dues and not barred from holding union office by applicable civil law is eligible for consideration.
Requests for consideration to this vacant position may be mailed using the U. S. Postal Service to Recording Secretary, IAMAW Airline Local 1833, P. O. Box 69, Newport, MN 55055, delivered in person to the Recording Secretary or faxed (651-645-7765) to the Local Lodge office with a notation marked “to the attention of the Local Lodge 1833 Recording Secretary”.
This appointment will become effective immediately and expires Dec. 31, 2015.
Airline Local 1833, IAMAW
1 – EXECUTIVE BOARD - TRUSTEE
Any IAM Airline Local 1833 member interested in the vacant Executive Board position should submit in writing a letter of interest to the Local Lodge 1833 Recording Secretary no later than 3:00 PM, Wednesday March 19, 2014.
Any Local 1833 member in good standing (as defined in the IAMAW Constitution and the Local 1833 Bylaws), current in dues and not barred from holding union office by applicable civil law is eligible for consideration.
Requests for consideration to this vacant position may be mailed using the U. S. Postal Service to IAMAW Airline Local 1833, P. O. Box 69, Newport, MN 55055; delivered in person to the Recording Secretary or faxed (651-645-7765) to the Local Lodge office with a notation marked “to the attention of the Local Lodge 1833 Recording Secretary”.
This appointment will become effective immediately and expires Dec. 31, 2015.
Airline Local 1833, IAMAW
Posted February 1, 2014:
DISTRICT #142 SCHOLARSHIP COMPETITION
The following is a basic format for the year 2014 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, 2014, as well as their legal children who are 2014 graduating high school seniors. This years competition will provide a First Prize of $2,500.00 and several additional $1,000.00 scholarship tuition awards. 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 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 March 28, 2014.
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 15, 2014 and will close at midnight March 28, 2014. Applications postmarked after that date will not be considered.
Winners will be announced on May 1, 2014.
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 Chair assigned to your area can provide answers to any other inquiries concerning the entire program.
All eligible members and year 2014 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!!!
Posted January 29, 2014:
DISTRICT LODGE 142
As a result of action taken at the Air Transport District Lodge 142 Biennial Convention held in 2013 proposed changes to the District Bylaws will take place in accordance with District Lodge 142 Bylaws Article XII, Section 2.
A Referendum Vote will be conducted at the first or only regular business meeting during the month of February 2014. All members have been notified of the date and time of the meeting.
The District 142 Bylaws Referendum Vote will be held during the regular local lodge meeting. Union meeting starts at 2:00 PM and usually lasts an hour.
Thursday, February 20, 2014
Ramada Mall of America Hotel
2300 East American Blvd.
*Please note this is NOT an all day vote!
Requests for absentee ballots are not permitted; you must be present to vote.
Airline Local 1833, IAMAW
Saturday, February 8, 2014
6:00 AM – 8:00 AM and 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Eagles Post #3208
9152 Old Cedar Ave., Bloomington, MN
ENDORSEMENT for Grand Lodge Officers including:
International President, General Secretary Treasurer and 8 General Vice President Positions will be voted on this date and only during the times posted above.
All members of IAMAW Airline Local 1833, active and retired are eligible to vote in this endorsement process.
Mary Sansom, Recording Secretary, IAMAW Airline Local 1833
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Posted January 23, 2014:
Saturday, January 25, 2014
6:00 AM-8:00 AM and 6:00 PM-8:00 PM
Eagles Post #3208
9152 Old Cedar Ave, Bloomington, MN
NOMINATIONS for Grand Lodge Officers including the International President, General Secretary Treasurer and 9 General Vice President Positions will be accepted on this date and during these times only. All members of LL1833 should have recieved a letter in the mail explaining the process. Bring your letter with you as a form of identification if you wish to make a nomination during these times. If more than one nomination for an office is recieved, a runoff for endorsement will be held Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014 - same hours and same location.
Mary Sansom, Recording Secretary, LL 1833
Posted January 14, 2014:
CALL FOR NOMINATIONS/ENDORSEMENT FOR IAMAW AIR TRANSPORT DISTRICT LODGE 141 OFFICERS
Call is hereby issued in accordance with IAMAW Air Transport District Lodge 141 Bylaws Article VIII, Section 6 (b) for endorsement of nominees for the following respective offices:
Vice President West Four (4) Year Term
Two (2) Vice Presidents at Large Four (4) Year Term
One (1) Vice President-At Large Two (2) Year Term
One (1) Trustee Four (4) Year Term
One (1) Trustee Two (2) Year Term
Twelve (12) Assistant General Chairpersons (AGC) Four (4) Year Term
Two (2) Assistant General Chairpersons (AGC) Two (2) Year Term
Nominations will take place at the regular day shift union meeting on Thurs., February 20, 2014 at the Ramada Mall of America hotel; 2300 East American Blvd., Bloomington, MN
If a member is unable to attend the nomination meeting due to work schedule they may submit their request to place a name in nomination in writing by mail to their Local Lodge Recording Secretary prior to the first regular meeting in the month of February.
In addition to voting on nominations at the first regular meeting in the month of February, Local Lodges shall accommodate members working all shifts by arranging for voting at least one other time to ensure that the members are afforded a reasonable opportunity to participate in any vote of the Local Lodge nomination for each office to be elected.
***LL 1833 members, the second meeting will be Tues., Feb. 25, 2014 from 10:00 AM-11:00 AM
If necessary, a run-off election for Local Lodge nominations shall be held at the first regular meeting in March. The March meeting date will be March 20, 2014.
The general election for DL 141 Officers will:
Thurs., June 19, 2014 poll hours are from 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM at the Ramada Mall of America hotel.
Requests for absentee ballot information will be made available at a later time.
Airline Local 1833, IAMAW
CALL FOR NOMINATIONS/ENDORSEMENTS FOR IAMAW AIR TRANSPORT DISTRICT LODGE 142 OFFICERS
Call is hereby issued in accordance with IAMAW Air Transport District Lodge 142 Bylaws Article VII, Section 3 for endorsement of nominees for the following respective offices:
(1) President-Directing General Chair Four (4) Year Term
(1) Vice President British Airways Four (4) Year Term
(1) Vice President Express Jet Flight Attendants Four (4) Year Term
(1) Vice President Southwest Airlines Four (4) Year Term
(1) Vice President US Airways Four (4) Year Term
(1) Trustee Four (4) Year Term
(4) General Chairs Four (4) Year Term
(1) General Chair-Alaska Airlines Four (4) Year Term
(1) General Chair-Express Jet Airlines Four (4) Year Term
(1) General Chair-Southwest Airlines Four (4) Year Term
(3) General Chairs-US Airways Four (4) Year Term
Nominations will take place at the regular day shift union meeting on Thurs., February 20, 2014; at the Ramada Mall of America hotel; 2300 East American Blvd., Bloomington, MN
If a member is unable to attend their February union meeting when nominations take place due to their work schedule, he or she can submit their nomination to their Local Lodge Recording Secretary prior to the meeting. *In addition to voting for the nominees at the union meeting, each Local Lodge shall establish a second time for voting on nominees for those unable to attend the regular meeting due to work schedules. This second meeting date and time shall be different from the regular meeting and all that will be done at the second meeting will be the voting of nominees.
***LL 1833 members the second meeting will be Tues., Feb. 25, 2014 from 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM.
If necessary, a run-off election for Local Lodge nominations shall take place at the first regular meeting in March. The March meeting date will be March 20, 2014
The general election for DL 142 officers will be:
Thurs., June 19, 2014, poll hours are from 7:00 AM – 7:00 PM at the Ramada Mall of America hotel.
Requests for absentee ballot information will be made available at a later time
Airline Local 1833, IAMAW
3 – US Airways
Grievance Committee Positions
Any US Airways fleet service member interested in the vacant grievance committee positions should submit a letter of interest in writing to the Local Lodge 1833 Recording Secretary no later than 3:00 PM, Wednesday, February 19, 2014.
Any US Airways member in good standing (as defined in the IAMAW Constitution and the Local 1833 Bylaws), current in dues and not barred from holding union office by applicable civil law is eligible for consideration.
Requests for consideration to this vacant position may be mailed using the U. S. Postal Service (P. O. Box 69, Newport, MN 55055), delivered in person to the Recording Secretary or faxed (651-645-7765) to the Local Lodge office with a notation marked “to the attention of the Local Lodge 1833 Recording Secretary”.
This appointment will be effective immediately and expires Dec. 31, 2015.
Airline Local 1833, IAMAW
FEBRUARY 20, 2014
EXECUTIVE BOARD 1:00 PM
UNION MEETING 2:00 PM
RAMADA MALL OF AMERICA
(a.k.a. ye ole Thunderbird)
2300 East American Blvd
LOTS OF BUSINESS TO TALK ABOUT:
DL 141 & 142 NOMINATIONS IN FEBRUARY
DL 141 & 142 ENDORSEMENT IN MARCH (if needed)
GL AND DL 141 & 142 ELECTIONS IN JUNE
WHAT’S HAPPENING AT YOUR AIRLINE?
SEE YOU IN FEBRUARY-BRING A CO-WORKER!
Posted January 8, 2014:
Posted January 8, 2014:
Southwest Negotiations Update
Negotiations resumed this week with meetings on January 6 and 7, 2014 in Dallas, Texas.
The discussions focused on Article 6 Hours of Service; Article 7 Overtime; Article 14 Vacations and Article 22 Holidays/Free Days in regard to meeting the future needs of our membership and the operation.
As we move forward into 2014, the Company continues to redefine the Southwest business model.
CUSTOMER SERVICE is about internet fares and a rapid rewards program. A valued employee is revenue driven through work place competitions, creating low expectations and moral.
What stands between these ideas becoming realities is YOU AND OUR UNION! It is imperative that we remain firm in our expectations for a fair and equitable contract. Together we stand united but divided we fail.
Our next negotiation meetings are set for January 29-30, 2014.
Please visit our district website for updates www.iamdl142.org
IAM iMail for Tuesday, January 7, 2014
Machinists at Boeing Ratify 777X Proposal
On January 3, 2014, IAM members employed by Boeing in Portland, OR, Wichita, KS and the Puget Sound area voted by 51 to 49 percent to accept an eight-year contract extension that includes $15,000 signing bonus and assures the 777X will be built in Puget Sound by IAM members.
305 Turkish Airlines Workers Reinstated
Turkish Airlines and Hava-Is, a Turkish affiliate of the International Transport Workers Federation (ITF), reached an agreement that will reinstate 305 terminated Turkish Airlines workers and end a 20-month dispute at the airline.
Jobless Benefit Extension Passes Key Hurdle in Senate
A bill to extend federal unemployment insurance benefits for an estimated 1.3 million jobless Americans has passed a critical test vote in the Senate.
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Don Barker Named Aerospace Coordinator
IAM International President Tom Buffenbarger has announced the appointment of Grand Lodge Representative Don Barker to the position of Aerospace Coordinator, effective January 1, 2014.
IAM Mourns Passing of Lifelong Activist Frank Darcy
The IAM mourns the passing of lifelong trade unionist Frank Darcy who passed away on December 27, 2013 at the age of 94. Born in Providence, RI, Darcy was raised in Ireland. After his return to the United States, Darcy maintained an active career as a skilled machinist, furthered his education in labor and other fields and was active in politics, all with the goal of improving the lives of fellow working men and women.
Posted January 7, 2014:
IAM iMail for Thursday, January 2, 2014
Union Democracy on Display in 777X Vote
After all the debates, rallies and earnest discussions in thousands of homes, IAM members will have the final say on January 3, 2014 about Boeing’s proposal to keep future 777X work in the Puget Sound area.
Retirees Department Bids Farewell to Micallef, Welcomes San Miguel
Charlie Micallef, who for the last three years has served as the IAM’s Retirees, Community and Membership Services Department Director, has announced his retirement effective January 1, 2014. Former Grand Lodge Representative Carlos San Miguel will serve as the new director of the department effective immediately.
Tune in January 5 to Watch IAM Local 2781 Member on ‘Brotherhood Outdoors’
IAM Local Lodge 2781 (Eddyville, KY) member Gene Barnes and his dad, Harlyn Barnes, will be featured Sunday, January 5 at 11 a.m. ET on “Brotherhood Outdoors,” a TV show on the Sportsman Channel sponsored by the Union Sportsmen’s Alliance (USA).
Senators Call for Increased Manufacturing Support
Additional investment is needed to preserve and create manufacturing jobs that are critical to the middle class, according to a report released by Democrats on the congressional Joint Economic Committee.
Special Edition IAM iMail for Friday, December 27, 2013
IAM Members to Have Last Word on Boeing Proposal
On January 3, 2014, more than 30,000 IAM members at Boeing will have an opportunity to cast ballots on an historic proposal that would locate 777X wing fabrication and final assembly in Puget Sound. The proposal, which extends the current IAM-Boeing agreement to 2024, also contains an eight-year extension of the commitment to build the 737MAX in Puget Sound.
Posted December 23, 2013:
Who's Eligible for Retro Pay and Challenging Amounts
Rich Delaney, 19 December 2013: Download
The 60 day challenge period for questioning the amount of retroactive/signing bonus payments has begun and will continue through February 15, 2014. Many questions regarding the calculation, eligibility, and distribution of the payment have already been received.
Calculation questions for individuals will be researched based on the information provided by the member regarding their specific amount. Individuals are asked to provide an estimate of what they believe should have been received and what was actually received. This information, based on each period of increase as shown on the appeal form for each group, should include earnings information that is available to members through United's computer system. Any discrepancies that are found will be adjusted and money will be issued. At the end of the challenge period, any and all remaining money will be distributed to eligible members in the form of an additional bonus payment following the initial method of distributing the signing bonus. This second distribution is not anticipated to be a great deal of money per individual but will be fully distributed.
Questions have been asked regarding eligibility for receiving payment. All active members, furloughed members that had earnings during the identified time periods, estates of deceased members, and retired United members are considered eligible. Employees that have left IAM represented classifications and voluntarily entered non-represented positions with the company, either in management status or non-union assignments, and individuals that left the company through resignation or discharge are not considered eligible. Individuals in those categories are no longer represented by the IAM and we do not have the authority to negotiate on their behalf.
Members that are currently inactive but have been considered eligible and have had payment issued to them will receive the distribution as a paper check and not through direct deposit. Retirees are included in this group and will have checks mailed to them.
Members that wish to appeal the amount received or the methodology used to calculate their retroactive/signing bonus payment are reminded of the time limit of 60 days in order to file their appeal. Challenges received after the completion of the 60 day period will not be considered timely and will not be reviewed for resolution.
IAM iMail for Thursday, December 19, 2013
Machinists Seek $100M for BIW-built Fleet
The IAM is calling on Congress to approve funding that would offset a sequestration cut preventing the U.S. Navy from purchasing a full fleet of DDG-51-class destroyer ships.
Unemployment Benefit Extension Needed for 3.2 Million
The IAM calls for an extension of federal unemployment benefits after the Senate approved a budget deal Wednesday that left 1.3 million jobless Americans, including 20,000 veterans, out in the cold.
IAM Gives Back During Holiday Season
As the holidays draw closer, IAM Headquarters and Local Lodge 1943 in Middletown, OH, have been busy making the season just a little bit brighter for families in their communities.
Jackson, Chartrand Named to Canadian Territory Staff
IAM General Vice President Dave Ritchie announced the appointment of District Lodge 78 Business Representative/Organizer Scott R. Jackson and District 11 Directing Business Representative/Organizer David Chartrand to serve as Special Representatives to the Canadian Territory, effective January 1, 2014.
December ‘IAM Journal’ Now Available
The December 2013 IAM Journal is now available to download via the new IAM Mobile 3.0 app.
Grand Lodge Sets Holiday Closing
IAM Headquarters will close for the holidays at the close of business Friday, December 20, and re-open Thursday, January 2, 2014. Best wishes to all for a safe and joyous holiday season.
IAM iMail for Tuesday, December 17, 2013
Budget Deal Cuts Federal Workers' Pensions
The U.S. Senate looks poised to pass a federal budget that prevents another government shutdown and replaces some sequestration cuts, but also demands more damaging cuts to the federal workforce and fails to extend unemployment benefits for the long-term jobless.
NAFTA Marks 20 Years of Dismal Failure
December 2013 marks the 20th anniversary of the signing of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA)… and a 20-year legacy of failed promises, a growing trade deficit, 682,900 lost jobs and counting.
New Survey Details Top Workplace Injuries
More than one in five Americans say they have been injured on the job, says a new survey conducted by FindLaw.com.
Union Women Fare Better in Pay, Benefits
Unionized women are far better off than women who aren’t in unions, affirms a recent study by the Center for Economic and Policy Research.
Fast-Food Workers Fight for Higher Pay
Protests calling for a living wage for fast food and restaurant workers around the country are heating up and spurring action.
New Mediator for sUS, sUA Line Station CSR Preferencing, UA Furloughs, and Challenging UA Retro
Rich Delaney, 16 December 2013: Download
Members of District 141 were impacted by several actions by their airlines this past week. First, the merger of American Airlines and USAir became final at the beginning of the week. This merger creates the largest airline in the world now, surpassing United that became the largest airline after the merger with Continental, that surpassed Delta that was the largest airline after their merger with Northwest Airlines. After the announced merger we received notification from the federal mediator that there was a determination made that a different mediator would be assigned to District 141 negotiations with USAir, due to a possible conflict of interest. We are currently waiting for the mediator to contact us to schedule negotiation sessions with management. The company's attempt to put a happy face on the situation did not work. Our members have shown they are more serious and committed to getting a contract that addresses their needs than ever before. The company and the National Mediation Board need to comprehend this and come back to the bargaining table and work towards settlement without delay. It has been encouraging throughout the week to see the support our members are receiving from our Alliance partner the Transport Workers Union as they joined our call for a Contract Now for USAir members. That solidarity will help us now and in the future and establish the foundation of the Alliance that will work for all American employees.
United Airlines preceded with the process of having line station CSR's of s-UA select their permanent area above the wing or below the wing. This selection procedure, while allowing senior agents to choose their classification assignment, in some cases required less senior agents to be assigned to an alternate area. The effective date of movement will not be until February 2014 but members will know in advance where their permanent assignment will be. The newly ratified agreement provides for a 2 year period of seniority protection for agents that opt for or are required to work below the wing. Within this 2 year period agents will have the right to exercise their seniority to return to positions above the wing in the event of vacancies or displacements. The declaration of vacancies or the notification of a reduction in force will require a station shakedown in which members having recall and seniority rights may return to their previous assignment in seniority order. These members will also have full rights to exercise seniority on the system in the event of displacement.
United compounded the trauma this week by announcing planned reductions in 28 stations. The new contracts,
while not the cause of the reductions, will be followed for any involuntary movement of members either between stations or status. The furlough provisions of our agreements will be fully in force and will apply to all members. The integrated seniority list established by arbitrator Javits will be used to determine the correct order of seniority and juniority in each effected station and classification.
This week ended the protest period for challenging the integrated seniority lists. Over 700 individual protests were filed and are currently being researched to determine the correct resolution. Each member filing a protest will receive a response from Mr. Javits with the final decision of their individual claim. This is expected to be finalized within the next 30 days. No additional protests will be considered.
As the company noted in their announcement of the decision to reduce staff, we have worked with United trying to find ways to mitigate the need for involuntary reductions. This week finalized the understanding regarding the extension of the Early Out offer to Ramp employees that had previously indicated a willingness to leave at the $25,000.00 payment level. These employees are being asked if they are still willing to accept the $25,000 and retire or leave the company. In addition, the company is offering other voluntary leave programs that are designed to provide some benefits for willing employees and reduce the number of involuntary displacements.
We continue to monitor the company's progress in correctly inputting the newly negotiated rates of pay into their payroll system. This process is technically difficult and manpower intensive but the company has listened to us and has assigned additional people to the project and believe it is close to being finalized. The correct rates of pay -including overrides, shift differentials, longevity accruals, and the full payment of deferred earnings since November 1, 2013 - are still anticipated to be fixed in the next month.
The payment of retroactive/signing bonus will occur next Monday, December 16th. United has completed the process of issuing the checks, based on the criteria agreed to during negotiations. Members can see their individual information regarding this payment through the company's website by checking their own Pay Advice in the My Info section of the site. Challenges to the amount paid can be made by going to District 141's website and filling out the challenge form for a member's specific classification. These forms outline the percentage payment due each group during specific time periods and are different for each group. Members filing challenges should identify what they believe is the correct amount and provide supporting documents, such as pay stubs or payroll records. Letter of Agreement 2 outlines the challenge procedure and sets a 60 day period for all challenges to be filed. If necessary, an independent arbitrator will resolve disputed claims.
Delaney Explains Taxing of Retro Checks
Rich Delaney, 16 December 2013 (part 2): Download
Today, December 16, 2013, eligible United Airlines members of District Lodge 141 received their retroactive/signing bonus payments. This payment is the culmination of many months of negotiation and follow up discussion with the company. One issue that was not part of the negotiation process but is nonetheless an important consideration of our members is the way this payment has been treated in regards to federal income tax withholding. The taxation of earnings is a fact of life in the United States, which has led to the cliché that the only things certain in life are death and taxes. The question many are asking today is whether the rate of withholding is excessive and was there an alternative to it.
The company is bound by the regulations established by the Internal Revenue Service in handling this payment and the required tax liability. The IRS considers payments outside the normal payment of regular earnings as "supplemental" earnings and gives companies two options of how to withhold tax. One is a flat percentage tax rate and the other is to use an "aggregate" method. The aggregate method adds the amount of the supplemental payment to a regular paycheck and then taxes both the regular amount and additional amount. Even though many members believe this method should have been used believing it taxes at a lower rate, it in fact ends up taking more tax out of check than necessary.
The company agreed to use the simpler flat percentage method, rather than the more complicated aggregate way. The percentage used for all IAM members is 25%.
Members may ask, especially after being told by others, why is the tax rate in excess of 40% and could the IAM somehow have prevented it? The answer is as explained above, those claims are not correct. What we believe members are confusing is the total amount of deductions and that portion that is tax. Other deductions such as Social Security, Medicare, state taxes (where applicable), and 401(k) contributions have also be made and have added to the overall difference between the gross amount of earnings and the take home or net amount members received today. In other words, not all the deductions made to a paycheck are income taxes.
Members concerned with the amount of income tax deducted from their payment should keep in mind another fact of life - citizens are taxed once a year, deductions are made from each paycheck in order to pay whatever tax is ultimately owed. If members have had too much money withheld from their checks it will be refunded at the time of filing individual tax returns.
Members questioning the gross amount of their retroactive/signing bonus payment can go to our website and access the appeal form for their classification and fill it out within the next 60 days.
IAM iMail for Thursday, December 12, 2013
Budget Deal Squeezes Federal Workers, Slams Unemployed
The recently-negotiated budget deal would prevent another government shutdown in January and includes temporary relief from sequestration over the next two years. But it also demands more sacrifice from federal employees and ends unemployment insurance for 1.3 million jobless workers.
IAM Members Ratify Contract at Pratt & Whitney
IAM members employed at two Pratt & Whitney sites in Connecticut ratified a new agreement with the company early this week. The new three-year accord covers about 2,800 employees at plants in Middletown and East Hartford, CT.
Parker, Almazan Named to Key Southern Territory Posts
The IAM Southern Territory has announced the appointment of Southern Territory Education Representative James Parker and District 166 Organizer Javier Almazan, Sr., to serve as Grand Lodge Special Representatives for the Southern Territory, effective December 1, 2013.
IAM Calls on Congress to Block Mobile Voice Calls in Flight
The IAM called on Congress to intervene and stop a proposal from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) that would allow mobile voice calls in flight.
New Website Tracks Right-Wing ‘Stink Tanks’
Following the money just got easier.
The Center for Media and Democracy (CMD), publishers of ALECexposed.org, and ProgressNow have joined in the release of a new website that shines a much-needed light on the State Policy Network (SPN), a web of so-called U.S. “think tanks” that claim to be nonpartisan and independent, but are major drivers of the right-wing, ALEC-backed agenda hijacking state houses across the country.
Posted December 11, 2013:
We are still waiting...
Rich Delaney, 09 December 2013: Download
This morning marks the end of US Airways. The name of the airline will now become part of air transportation history and eventually the answer to a trivia question. The new company will work very hard to get the traveling public to forget US Airways and embrace American Airlines as the largest airline in the world.
Today there will be much celebration among the management of the airline, some for the obscene payouts they are receiving for walking away. This is their celebration, not ours. I request all District 141 members avoid actively participating on company sponsored or organized voluntary programs related to the merger.
The treatment of US Airways employees, especially IAM represented employees, is what should be remembered today. Throughout the course of the planned merger our members have been disrespected and victimized. The company clearly drew a line between employee groups when they secretly negotiated with other groups when they should have been negotiating the wages and benefit levels of their own employees. The company’s focus on the success of the merger rather than the success of their employees’ futures has caused an unnecessary and costly delay to the negotiation process and has placed USAir members at a disadvantage. That is not something to celebrate.
While we wait for direction from the National Mediation Board regarding further negotiation sessions we understand that this accomplished merger of today still has hurdles to cross. The governmental issuing of a single operating certificate still must occur and is not expected for well over a year. The most critical aspect of the merger for employees of both carriers is the petitioning for, and the granting of, a single carrier status for each employee group. Until both of those necessary steps are complete there can be no fully functioning merged carrier. Our Alliance with the Transport Workers Union will determine when a request for single carrier status is made. Until then, we intend to continue negotiating on behalf of our USAir members and reaching a progressive and fair agreement that positions all employees well for future combined talks.
When that happens all employees will have something to celebrate.
United Airlines Line Station Bidding
Rich Delaney, 03 December 2013: Download
United Airlines has begun the process for line station s-UA agents to select their permanent classification and work area - either above the wing or below the wing. This required selection is a part of the recently ratified agreement brought about by the company’s demand to stop the historic practice of cross utilization of agents in line stations at s-UA and continue their business plan of single assignment classifications as has been established at s-CO and s-CMI. The classification selection process provides an orderly way for current employees to remain employed in their stations.
Members in line stations will begin the selection bidding next week, December 9th. In advance of that date, members will be given the exact number of lines to be bid in both the ATW and BTW classifications. An “open” bid process will be used in which each agent will be able to see the selections of more senior agents and the remaining lines in each classification before being required to select. This selection process will not reduce the headcount of the station nor disrupt the work status of current agents.
Although work area assignments will not change right away, the effect of the selection will be recognized on December 11th. That means that any transference of seniority (CSR’s opting for Ramp service lines will have their PCE seniority integrated into the RSM seniority list) will be effective on 12/11/13 and the two year right to fill vacancies or displace as a result of a reduction in force in the PCE classification will also begin on that date.
After this procedure is complete and seniority is integrated - December 11, 2013 - any reduction in force will be managed in accordance with the current agreement seniority provisions using the integrated seniority list determined by arbitrator Javits.
Ramp Service Early Out Option
United has agreed to extend offers of Early Out to Ramp service employees that have previously signed up for participation at the $25,000.00 level of the recently closed Early Out program. Members who no longer wish to participate in the program at that level will have an opportunity to remove themselves from consideration. More information will be forthcoming from United in the next few days.
These, and other optional programs, are being considered and offered to IAM members in an effort to reduce the need for involuntary furloughs as the company modifies and reduces their operation, both seasonally and long term.
IAM iMail for Tuesday, December 10, 2013
Machinists Urge Slow Down on Fast Track for TPP
The IAM called on Congress to slow down the campaign for an expedited and secretly-negotiated Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Free Trade Agreement, during a recent panel discussion entitled “Do We Need Fast Track/Trade Promotion Authority?"
IAM Skips American Airlines NASDAQ Debut
The IAM announced it declined management's invitation to participate in the “new” American Airlines’ opening bell ceremony at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport celebrating the carrier’s first day of stock trading on the NASDAQ.
Nelson Mandela, a Union Man, Mourned Worldwide
The president of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) issued the following response to the passing of former South African President Nelson Mandela:
“President Mandela dedicated his life to fighting for democracy, equality and freedom. His legacy will live on in the hearts and minds of all who strive for a better and more just world...
IAM, World Celebrates Human Rights Day on December 10
Tuesday, December 10 is the 65th annual recognition of Human Rights Day, an international holiday that marks the United Nations adoption and proclamation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights on December 10, 1948.
Help Guide Dogs Win 10 Million Charity Miles
Vote to help Guide Dogs of America (GDA) receive 10 million charity miles on United Airlines.
IAM iMail for Thursday, December 05, 2013
Connecticut District 26 Members Rally at Local Pratt Plant
Hundreds of IAM District 26 members employed by Pratt & Whitney (P&W) in East Hartford, and Middletown, CT, marched through the factory this week, shouting “solidarity forever” and blowing whistles, to demonstrate their support for their Negotiating Committee currently in talks for a new agreement.
Deadline Approaching for IAM Young Workers Conference
The deadline to reserve a hotel room under the special rate for the IAM’s Young Workers and Emerging Leaders Conference is December 17, 2013.
GLR Mike Rose Elected to BWI World Council
The Building and Wood Workers' International (BWI) has elected IAM Grand Lodge Representative Mike Rose to its World Council, the global union federation’s highest governing body when the World Congress is not in session.
Connecticut Local 1871 Feeds 90 Families for Thanksgiving
IAM Local 1871 in Groton, CT, completed its 23rd year of providing Thanksgiving baskets for out-of-work members and needy families in the community, and, in what has also become a tradition, they broke last years record.
Send the Gift of Guide Dogs This Holiday
Are you looking for a gift for someone on your gift list? Maybe they're hard to shop for or they already have everything.
Last Call to Enroll in 2014 Communicator Course
The enrollment deadline for the IAM Communications Department’s Communicator Course is Friday, December 6, 2013.
IAM iMail for Tuesday, December 03, 2013
Tell Congress to Extend Federal Unemployment Benefits
Nearly 1.3 million jobless Americans are expected to lose their federal unemployment benefits just after the Christmas holiday unless Congress acts by December 28, 2013. Another 1.9 million are expected to lose their benefits by June 2014.
Machinists Union Calls on Congress in US Airways Dispute
The IAM has called on various state congressional delegations to press US Airways to settle its contract dispute with IAM members at the carrier.
Election, Black Friday Protests Show Support for ‘Raising the Wage’
Growing discontent over rising U.S. economic inequality was evidenced by electoral races in 2013, and could also play a major role in the 2014 midterm elections, says a recent report by the polling firm Lake Research Partners.
Districts 141, 142 Set to Bargain with Hawaiian Airlines
IAM Transportation Districts 141 and 142 have completed negotiations preparation for an upcoming round of collective bargaining with Hawaiian Airlines.
WWW Center 2013 Spanish Leadership Programs End on High Note
Fourteen members, officers and activists from across the IAM recently completed the Advanced Spanish Leadership Class at the William W. Winpisinger Education and Technology Center. The program, which was the final Spanish leadership class of 2013, was developed and delivered by members of the Spanish Leadership Working Group.
El Centro Educativo en Winpisinger Completa Clases de Liderazgo en Español 2013 con Gran Éxito
Catorce miembros, oficiales, y activistas de todo el alrededor de la IAM recientemente completaron la clase de Liderazgo Avanzado en Español en el Centro Educativo y Tecnológico de William W. Winpisinger. Este programa, que fue la clase final en español para 2013, fue desarrollado y desempeñado por los integrantes del Grupo Activo de Liderazgo en español.
November ‘IAM Journal’ Now Available
The November IAM Journal is now available to download via the new IAM Mobile 3.0 app.
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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.