Posted November 25, 2015:
Machinists Union Announces Bob Martinez to Succeed Tom Buffenbarger as International President
Washington, D.C., November 22, 2015 - The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) announced that General Vice President Bob Martinez, Jr. will succeed current International President Tom Buffenbarger, who steps down on Jan.1, 2016 after a 45-year career that spans service as a local IAM Shop Steward to more than 18 years as the IAM’s top elected official.
The announcement follows a vote by the union’s 11-member Executive Council, in accordance with the IAM Constitutional requirement for senior elected officials to leave office at age 65. Martinez, a 35-year IAM veteran will serve the remainder of Buffenbarger’s current 4-year term, which concludes July 1, 2017.
“There have been 13 International Presidents since the Machinists Union was founded in 1888,” said Buffenbarger. “The strength of this union has always been its ability to cultivate leaders who respect and reflect the values and goals of our membership. I’m grateful for the opportunity to be part of that heritage and I have full confidence that Bob Martinez is the right person to carry on that proud tradition.”
A native of Texas, Martinez served in the U.S. Navy before joining the IAM in 1980 as an aircraft assembler at Lockheed Martin Aeronautics in Ft. Worth, TX. Rising through the ranks, Martinez held numerous positions at the local and district level before assuming the office of Southern Territory Vice President in July 2003. In addition to his current position as Vice President in charge of IAM Headquarters, Martinez serves as a Trustee of the IAM National Pension Fund, and is Vice President on the National Executive Board of the Labor Council for Latin American Advancement (LCLAA).
Buffenbarger’s tenure as International President was marked by a commitment to organizing, financial stability and a recognition that diversity in local and senior leadership is a key to remaining relevant in the modern workplace. The current IAM Executive Council is now among the most diverse in the labor movement, including men and women of African American, Hispanic, Native American and European heritage.
Posted November 15, 2015:
Phoenix Airport Fueling Agents Vote IAM Yes
More than 120 fueling agents at Swissport in Phoenix won IAM collective bargaining rights after an election was held this week. Workers, who reached out to the IAM with concerns over substandard wages, unsafe working conditions and job security, are responsible for fueling cargo planes and passenger aircraft at Phoenix’s Sky Harbor International Airport.
This is the second time the Phoenix fueling agents have attempted to organize with the IAM. Despite a fierce anti-union campaign on both occasions, the agents voted 91-2 in favor of IAM representation.
“This is a huge victory for workers at Swissport who desperately need the protection of a union contract,” said IAM Organizer Fabian Liendo. “It also shows the IAM keeps its promises. We said we’d come back and we kept our word.”
While the effort was headed up by the IAM’s Headquarters Organizing Department, the Transportation and Western Territories, as well as the IAM Legal Department and Airline District 142, all played a critical role in securing the win.
“This was a prime example of what can be done when we work together across territories and departments,” said IAM Headquarters General Vice President Bob Martinez. “Everyone who participated should be extremely proud of this victory.”
Support Our Fight for 10 Hours Rest for Flight Attendants
Brothers & Sisters,
We are on thfaae cusp of a historical fight that will pave the way for increased safety for years to come. As safety professionals and first responders we are tasked with handling emergencies and caring for thousands of passengers everyday. However, there has been study after study that shows Flight Attendants are impacted by fatigue on a regular basis, which negatively affects our ability to perform our safety functions in the case of an emergency. But nothing has been done. There are no FAA fatigue protections for Flight Attendants. None.
While we work the same or similar schedules as Pilots and do the majority of our work on our feet, we still don't have any of the Pilot fatigue and rest protections. We are calling on Congress to include a Fatigue Risk Management Plan to help examine fatigue factors with real time evidence and information for Crew Members to help them avoid becoming fatigued, along with 10 hours rest for Flight Attendants in the next FAA Reauthorization Bill.
We have all seen news reports showing Flight Attendants saving the lives of hundreds of passengers on Air France in Toronto, US Airways on the Hudson, Asiana Airlines in San Francisco and British Airways in Las Vegas. Even aside from those extreme evacuations, all sorts of emergencies take place on a daily basis, whether it's putting out a fire in the galley, administering CPR on a passenger or safely handling a decompression event. But we consistently see our fellow Cabin Crew Members rise to the occasion time after time to save lives. In any of these scenarios, Flight Attendant Fatigue could have had a fatal result and without FAA protections in place, it's just a matter of time before it happens.
This isn't going to be easy, we are up against airlines that are raking in record breaking profits and spending millions lobbying
Congress against fatigue protection for Flight Attendants. This is a perfect example of corporate greed, putting profits ahead of passenger safety. But what we have that the airlines don't, are thousands of voices. It's time we stand up together and demand that our Congressional Representatives take this proven safety risk seriously.
Go to http://www.congressweb.com/GOIAM/107 to let your Congressional leaders know you support 10 hours rest for Flight Attendants and a Fatigue Risk Management Plan in the FAA Reauthorization Bill.
Posted November 11, 2015:
A Message from IP Tom Buffenbarger
Brothers and Sisters,
Today in the United States and Canada, we honor heroes among us – the men and women who have served or continue to serve in our armed forces. They’re family, friends, IAM brothers and sisters, or complete strangers. They’re veterans, and today we salute them.
We’re proud of our enduring bond with the military. Thousands of IAM members work on military bases or build the state-of-the-art aircraft, ships and other equipment that keep our service men and women safe. It’s a responsibility we take seriously, and we’re privileged to be able to lend our support.
We stand in awe of their courage, give thanks for their sacrifice and pledge support for when they return home. That means access to good jobs, quality healthcare and an end to the inexplicable tragedy of veteran homelessness. They deserve no less.
Brothers and sisters, we simply wouldn’t have the rights we enjoy today – to fight for a better life, to organize, to speak out against injustice – without these brave men and women.
Our veterans are worthy of our honor, admiration and celebration. We are grateful to each and every one of you. Happy Veterans Day in the U.S. and Remembrance Day in Canada.
Posted November 2, 2015:
Posted October 25, 2015:
Corrected Referendum Vote Notice
Please disregard the referendum notice for District Lodge 142 posted two days ago—the time on the original notice was incorrect, but it has been corrected here. We apologize for the error.
Posted October 19, 2015:
Posted October 7, 2015:
DL 142 Launches Facebook Page
We are happy to announce the launch of our IAM District Lodge 142 Facebook Page. Information is being spread quickly through Social Media and DL 142 has begun the transition of working more with technology to improve our communications. The Grand Lodge, Transportation Territory as well as some of our Local Lodges have active Facebook Pages and it is now Our Time to start our page and bring us to the next level of communication.
Statistics show over 1.4 billion people are on Facebook worldwide and 968 million people check it daily. Seventy-Two Percent (72%) of all adults that go on the internet are on Facebook.
Our Facebook page contains factual information and is similar to a website. It has links to "LIKE", and "SHARE", our Facebook page as well as "SIGN UP" to our email list.
This is a quick way to communicate and get information out and share it with our Brothers and Sisters.
Please assist us in improving our communication with our Membership by visiting the IAM District Lodge 142 Facebook Page and "Like" and "Share" our Page with our Membership.
DL 142 COMMUNICATOR
Posted September 29, 2015:
Posted August 13, 2015:
Important Announcement and Call for Nominations