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IAM Continues AA Joint Contract Preparations

Rich Delaney, 20 November 2014: Download

United Airlines Security Officers, represented by District Lodge 141, ratified their recently announced Tentative Agreement.

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The new agreement, which includes wage increases, benefit improvements, and retroactive/signing bonus lump sum payment, was overwhelmingly supported by the classification. The participation level of the Security Officers was the largest of any IAM group with nearly 100% of eligible members voting.

We thank the members of the Security Officers Negotiating Team for their hard work and dedication to achieving a fair and progressive contract for their co-workers. We will work with United Airlines to implement the new provisions of the Agreement without delay so our members may see the full benefit of this mutually agreed to contract.

With this ratified agreement District Lodge 141 has now brought approximately 27,000 United Airlines employees into new contracts since the merger with Continental. Negotiations for the remaining 2 amendable agreements continue.

SPIRIT NEGOTIATIONS UPDATE, 20 November, 2014: Download

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Members of District 141 and the Grand Lodge met with Spirit Management on Tuesday, November 18, 2014 to begin preliminary talks on securing a First Contract for the Ramp Service Agents who work in ACY, DTW, FLL, and MYR.

District 141 AGCs Mike Maiorino and Tony Gibson along with Grand Lodge Rep Joe Stassi discussed setting a schedule for January, February, and March 2015. Also discussed was the receipt of information vital to putting together a comprehensive package that includes wages, insurance, sick and holiday pay, and vacation pay to name a few key elements.

At the January 2015 session, Ramp Service Agents who represent the workgroup will be present to assist in the process. Surveys are being distributed in the four cities, and it is very important to complete a survey in order to address issues in the next negotiations session.

Enjoy a safe Thanksgiving holiday and expect an update in mid-December. 

 

19 November 2014: Download

IAM Continues American Airlines Joint Contract Preparations

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IAM District Lodge 141 and 142 Negotiations Committee members, District Lodge 141 and 142 leadership and Transportation Department officials met yesterday in Charlotte, NC to continue preparations for joint contract negotiations for Mechanic and Related, Fleet Service and Stores workers at American Airlines.

TWU-IAM Association bargaining strategies and priorities were discussed and previous seniority committee meetings were reviewed.

“Yesterday’s meetings were very productive and the business of the Association is moving along,” said IAM District 141 and 142 Presidents Rich Delaney and Dave Supplee. “We eagerly await a single carrier determination so the representation process is triggered.”

The National Mediation Board (NMB) has yet to rule on the TWU-IAM Association’s request for a single carrier determination. Although there is no specific timetable for the NMB to issue a determination, a ruling is expected soon.

“Getting to the table and achieving the industry’s best contracts for Mechanic and Related, Fleet Service and Stores workers at American Airlines is our single priority,” continued Delaney and Supplee. “We look forward to the TWU-appointed negotiators joining the process.”

The TWU-IAM Association represents more than 30,000 Mechanic and Related, Fleet Service and Stores workers at American Airlines and is the largest union at the carrier.

 

Hawaiian Airlines Negotiation Update, 18 November 2014:

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Hawaiian Airlines and the IAM continue to make significant progress on language issues. The Company also presented Financial Information as we move forward into economic issues. The next topics will be the most difficult and National Mediation Board, Senior Mediator, Patricia Simms will be rejoining negotiations in January to help facilitate. The next negotiations are set for the week of December 15-19.

 

United Airlines, 18 November 2014:

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District 141 represented Fleet Technical Instructors and Related/Ground School Instructors have ratified the agreement reached between United Airlines and the IAM on their behalf.

The voting participation was the highest of any group during the recent ratification votes held for separate classifications at United Airlines and the agreement was endorsed by approximately 60% of those voting.

We thank the members of the Negotiating Team for their dedication and focus in reaching this agreement that provides improved wages, benefits, and security for the combined work groups of legacy United and legacy Continental Instructors and Related employees.

IAM Honors Veterans, Introduces New Veterans Services Program

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This Veterans Day in the U.S. and Remembrance Day in Canada, Tuesday, November 11, 2014, the IAM honors our members in the armed forces who are serving and have served our nations.

“Thousands of IAM members have proudly served their country. And many fight on two battlefields – the ongoing fight here at home for fairness and respect on the job and the many fights abroad to ensure peace and freedom for people around the world,” said IAM International President Tom Buffenbarger. “They are our heroes for many reasons. And we thank them for their courage, dedication and willingness to be on the frontlines for our countries and our members.”

In recognition of the honorary holiday, the IAM Retirees, Community and Membership Services Department has announced the IAM Veterans Services Program, which features an online information portal dedicated solely to IAM military veterans in the U.S. and Canada.

“As a union, the IAM recognizes the unique situation and needs of our members who have dedicated their lives to their country,” said 20-year Army veteran and IAM Retirees, Community and Membership Services Director Carlos San Miguel. “We believe it is our duty to help and be of service to those members in any way we can. There is an abundance of public and private programs and services open to military veterans; the problem is very few veterans know what’s available and where to go. The IAM Veterans Services Program seeks to bridge the informational gap between our members and the programs and services they fought for.”

The webpage provides information from various public and private military assistance agencies and organizations such as the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Veterans of Foreign Wars, the American Legion and the Veterans Affairs Canada. Members can find information on many topics, including government programs, benefits, health information and assistance with filing claims.

The information is open to IAM members from all branches of the U.S. and Canadian militaries, including the National Guard and Reserves.

Part of the IAM Veterans Services Program will also include a weeklong planning session at the William W. Winpisinger Center from March 29 – April 3, 2015, where representatives from each IAM Territory and all branches of service will convene to begin crafting coursework and various IAM programs to help meet members’ needs.

“As the nation prepares for a day of remembrance and celebration of the men and women who risk their lives in service to our country, the IAM stands committed to continuing to explore more ways to serve those among us who have sacrificed so others may live freely,” said IAM General Vice President Diane Babineaux.

IAM military veterans are encouraged to sign up to receive more information about the union’s veteran program. Please note that the sign-up form is voluntary.

 

06 November 2014: Download

TWU–IAM Association Update

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IAM representatives of the Joint Seniority Integration Committee met last week in Dallas, TX to discuss and examine issues related to seniority list integration. The IAM also named their respective joint contract negotiating committees comprised of members from Districts 141 and 142 (see below).

The TWU–IAM Associations were formed in May, 2013 after the merger of American Airlines and US Airways and is the largest union at the new American Airlines. The IAM and TWU both determined that joining forces would bring the best unity and strength to secure the joint contracts that Association represented members rightfully deserve.

While there are three separate and distinct Associations for negotiations and representation purposes (Mechanic & Related, Fleet Service and Stores), our combined strength will bring us the best contracts at the bargaining tables.

“We are excited about moving the Associations forward, so 30,000 ground workers at the new American can attain the industry’s best contracts at the World’s largest carrier,” said IAM District 141 and 142 Presidents Rich Delaney and Dave Supplee in a joint statement. “The new American just reported record third quarter profits. Now is the time to be prepared and get to the table.”

List of IAM US negotiations team
Mechanic & Related/Stores Fleet
Sean Ryan Mike Fairbanks
John Coveny Pat Rezler
Bennie Martino Bill Wilson
Mark Strength Steve Miller
Mark Huffman Rodney Walker
Ken Coley Mark Baskett

The TWU will separately name members from TWU to the joint negotiating committee. We look forward to joining forces.

 

Spirit Negotiation Update: download

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The Spirit Negotiations Committee met at the IAM Winpisinger Education & Technology Center November 3-6, 2014. The four day training session addressed first contract, proposal writing, Railway Labor Act, and other aspects of being part of a Union. Angelo Grant (FLL), Daniel Krampert (ACY), Robert Nichols (DTW), and Xavier Belen (FLL) have been selected to represent the Fleet workgroup during the Negotiations process. Assisting are Grand Lodge Transportation Coordinator Ira Levy, Grand Lodge Special Rep. Joe Stassi and District Lodge 141 (AGC) Assistant General Chairmen Tony Gibson and Mike Maiorino. IAM Spirit Negotiations Representatives will be passing out surveys soon to help assist in focusing on matters deemed necessary to secure a first contract. The IAM has been in contact with Spirit and waiting confirmation on a date to begin negotiations.

 

 


 

November 3, 2014

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Members of the District Lodge 141 Negotiating Team, on behalf of the represented United Airlines Security Officers, have reached a tentative agreement with Company representatives. With the assistance of representatives of the IAM Transportation Department, the Negotiating Team reached an agreement that improves wages, longevity, Lead’s pay, and work rules. In addition, this tentative agreement includes a Retroactive/Signing Bonus payment for all Security Officers.

We thank the Negotiating Team for their hard work in reaching this new contract. Their ability to address the issues that are important to our members and work with United management has lead to this industry leading agreement.

This agreement, if ratified by a majority of Security Officers, is the latest in a series of agreements District 141 has reached with United and means that only two contracts remain to be fully negotiated. This could not be accomplished without the work of both negotiating teams and the support of our members.

Information regarding the specifics of the agreement and a schedule for ratification voting will be shared with Security Officers as promptly as possible and will be posted on the District Lodge 141 website.

We again thank all involved for their dedication to finding mutual agreement.

 

Fleet Technical Instructors and Related

District 141 and United Airlines have reached a Tentative Agreement on behalf of the Fleet Technical Instructors and Related. The 2014 -2018 FTI and Related tentative agreement is available here. An individual copy will also be sent to your United e-mail.

 

Informational meetings are scheduled as follows:

Negotiating committee representatives will be available to discuss the agreement, and, the vote will be administered during the hours shown on the date listed for each location.

The Signing Bonus value for each employee eligible will be available beginning November 4, 2014. Text only, name and file number to: (224) 387-6228

Sharing information

Local Lodges have meetings every month to discuss the business of the Union. The District has members spread across the Continental United States, Alaska, Hawaii, Guam and Puerto Rico, meeting monthly is not an option. Therefore, The District has a meeting once a year, at the Annual Convention, as per the terms in the District Bylaws. Local Lodges elect members from their Local to help decide the direction of the District. Plus, we have speakers and presentations that share information on the issues facing our Members today.

As Delegates return to their stations and Locals to share information they received, the Industry Report and the Speech from Senator Bernie Sanders are posted at iam141.org. The material, reports and studies used in the Industry Report are all posted for your review under the "Data" navigation on the left, or click here. If you have any questions or would like to become further involved, please contact your Delegate, AGC, or email the District at info@iam141.org

IAMAW DL141 - Industry Review: Influences on the Airline Industry and the U.S. Worker from DL 141

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Opinion Section on UAL Outsourcing: Too easy?

United Airlines has earned billions in the first three quarters. United is committed to a business strategy of internalizing profits and socializing cost. UAL is willing to use your Federal, State and City Taxes to subsidize replacement workers salaries and benefits in small cities.

If you work in a small station and UAL out sourced you – it was only to create larger profits. If you traveled to one of those cities to train their replacements, you not only walked on coworkers economic gravesite but you also empowered UAL to continue this behavior in other cities, maybe even the city you work in.

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IAMAW Letter in response to TWU

October 24, 2014

Click Here to read The IAMAW's response to TWU's October 10 letter covering the TWU-IAM Alliance Association. You will see that the Association business will proceed and that all parties are welcome and encouraged to participate. Despite any bumps in the road, we will continue to come together to build the strongest negotiating force in our industry that produces the best contracts for our members.

Ebola Update:

October 28, 2014

Joint Air Transport Safety Committee

Concerns centered on Ebola are very much on our minds, especially as we work with the traveling public and provide cleaning and maintenance on our aircraft. Members of the IAM Joint Air Transport Safety Committee have been very involved in these issues that concern the varied jobs that our members perform, both in the air and on the ground.

To read the complete update, Click Here:

Initial Safety Steps:

As this crisis continues to unfold we will likely learn more about this deadly virus and how to effectively protect ourselves, but there are some basic precautions that you should take:

Your employer has probably provided bulletins and other alerts concerning the Ebola outbreak. The CDC (Center for Disease Control), OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) and WHO (World Health Organization) all have a lot of current info on the Ebola virus as well.

Take a few moments to review:


www.osha.gov/SLTC/ebola/index.html
www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola/index.html
www.who.int/csr/disease/ebola/en/
www.cdc.gov.vhf/ebola/hcp/procedures-for-ppe.html
Here are a couple of publications that you might find helpful:
http://www.cdc.gov/quarantine/air/managing-sick-travelers/ebola-guidance-airlines.html
www.cdc.gov/hai/pdfs/ppe/ppeposter8511.pdf

Please continue to reach out to your District Ground or Flight Safety Committee or the JATSC if you have questions.

 

IAM and AFL-CIO-Affiliated Unions to Coordinate Protocol for Ebola Risk

October 18, 2014

As concerns mount around the Ebola risk, we want to provide you with a review of the IAM's involvement to protect the flying public and airline employees from possible exposure.

Both the IAM Flight and Ground Safety Committees have been directly involved with employers to discuss their preparedness plans, as well as current policies and procedures to not only protect the flying public, but the safety and health of airline workers.

This includes direct communication and participation in a number of Ebola-specific conference calls with medical departments, emergency preparedness directors and senior management. These discussions and conference calls are ongoing, as new information is available almost daily.

The IAM has expressed a number of concerns, and action is being taken to address those concerns. The IAM has also communicated with its Local Safety Committees, with additional information to be shared as it becomes available.

Yesterday, the IAM also took part in a conference call hosted by the AFL-CIO's Transportation Trades Department (TTD), along with representatives from Association of Flight Attendants (AFA), Transport Workers Union (TWU), Airline Pilots Association (ALPA), Professional Aviation Safety Specialist (PASS) National Air Traffic Controllers Association and various representatives from other aviation industry unions to discuss the Ebola crisis.

It was agreed that a protocol needs to be in place with the various workgroups for their airlines. Personal protective equipment (PPE) along with effective policies and procedures need to be provided to the various work groups on a consistent basis.

Crewmembers need a protocol in place to properly handle a passenger with a contagious disease along with appropriate protections.

Currently the travel ban for passengers from the infected countries in Africa is being considered. Also, an Ebola Czar has been named by the Administration. The TTD will be arranging a meeting with the newly appointed Czar to discuss issues of concern to frontline airline employees, both customer contact and non-customer contact alike.

Also discussed were aircraft cleaning procedures. Specifically, a clearly defined procedure to deal with sick passengers who vomit. An effective blood borne pathogen-cleaning procedure should be in place for all workers.

The IAM will continue to monitor and work towards the safety of all airline workers, being a proactive participant to ensure that employers protect their employees from exposure to all blood borne viruses and hazards, including Ebola.


Helpful links:

http://www.cdc.gov/quarantine/air/managing-sick-travelers/ebola-guidance-airlines.html
www.osha.gov/SLTC/ebola/index.html
www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola/index.html
www.who.int/csr/disease/ebola/en/


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Rich Delaney, 10 October 2014: download

maintenance instructorsMembers of the Fleet Technical Instructors/Ground School Instructors and Related Negotiating Team, along with District Lodge 141 and International Transportation Department representatives have reached a tentative agreement with United Airlines. This Agreement brings together the Instructors classifications of both legacy United Airlines and legacy Continental Airlines into a single contract. The 165 members of this group provide skilled instruction and support for United’s Flight Training Centers in areas of Flight Crew and Emergency Procedures training and the development of the necessary training programs needed to accomplish this critical instruction.

The 4 year Agreement provides for immediate wage and benefit improvements, retroactive/signing bonus payments, increased employment security for all classifications and increased pension benefits.

The IAM is proud of the work the Negotiating Team has done in order to complete the difficult task of bringing their full group together. We also recognize the willingness of United’s Negotiating Team to work through the difficult issues that have led to this Agreement. This Agreement is the 5th joint agreement reached between United Airlines and District Lodge 141 that has brought the legacy carriers’ employees into single contracts since the merger of Continental and United in 2010.

This Agreement is subject to membership review and ratification. More details of the Agreement and information regarding the ratification process will be posted as quickly as possible.

Final Payment

District 141 members, employed by United Airlines in the Fleet Service, Public Contact, and Stores classifications, have begun receiving the payments representing the full and final distribution of monies owed to them through the signing bonus agreement included in our current contract.

In addition, members that have been determined to be eligible for irregular lunch payment, as a result of grievances filed after November 1, 2013, will receive that amount, included in the special check.

When researching and finalizing outstanding grievances and appeals to the initial and supplemental payment of the signing bonus it was determined that an additional amount of money committed to this payment remained. As with the previous distributions, this payment is based on a fixed amount of money per year and calculated by Company Seniority to a maximum of 20 years. Work status – full time/part time – also is used to determine each individual amount.

When these payments were negotiated, District 141 committed that every available dollar would be distributed among our membership. Even though this current amount is relatively small it is the members’ money and has now been paid in full. The fixed amount per year of service has been calculated at $1.54 for Full Time members and $.77 for Part Time members. Members that had combined service in both work status’ between April 2013 and November 2013 will receive an adjusted amount.

If members have questions regarding this payment they are asked to contact the Local Committee or Assistant General Chair for explanation.


DL141 Updates:

16 September 2014:

American Airlines has informed District 141 of their intent to insource ground handling work in BDL, BWI, EWR, FLL, JAX, PBI, PDX, and the legacy AA mainline work in PIT. This work, currently being performed by vendors, will be assigned to IAM represented employees as early as October 27th with the last work insourced in early December.

In addition, current legacy US Airways work in STL, SJU, and AUS will be insourced to TWU represented employees in those stations. Read More

15 September 2014:

United Airlines Maintenance Instructors voted to ratify their new agreement today in significant numbers. Read More

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15 September 2014:

Reminder for Delegates to DL141 Convention:

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20 August 2014: Download

IAM USAirways Fleet Service Negotiating Committee Members and Grand Lodge Representatives Official Contract Signing in DFW today August 20, 2014. Read More

06 August 2014: Download

IAM, TWU Alliance moves forward with American Airlines Single Carrier Filing:

In a move that will lead to joint contract negotiations for more than 30,000 members of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) and Transport Workers Union (TWU), the two unions today jointly petitioned the National Mediation Board (NMB) asking it declare that post-merger American Airlines and US Airways are now operating as a single transportation system for employees in the Mechanic & Related, Fleet Service and Stores classifications. Read More

Introduces Preferential Hiring Agreement

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United Airlines:

Rich Delaney, 10 October 2014:

Members of the Fleet Technical Instructors/Ground School Instructors and Related Negotiating Team, along with District Lodge 141 and International Transportation Department representatives have reached a tentative agreement with United Airlines. This Agreement brings together the Instructors classifications of both legacy United Airlines and legacy Continental Airlines into a single contract. The 165 members of this group provide skilled instruction and support for United’s Flight Training Centers in areas of Flight Crew and Emergency Procedures training and the development of the necessary training programs needed to accomplish this critical instruction.

15 September 2014:

United Airlines Maintenance Instructors voted to ratify their new agreement today in significant numbers.

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28 August 2014:

Mr Smisek continues to get attention from Congress.

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28 August 2014: Mr Smisek receives another letter from members of Congress concerned with United Airlines treatment of BOS employees.

05 August 2014: United Airlines' Outsourcing Jobs to Company That Pays Near Poverty Wages Is Shameful

The letter to Mr. Smisek from U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin (D-IA) and Reps. Bruce Braley (D-IA) and Dave Loebsack (D-IA) call on the United chief executive to provide them with a comparison of wages and benefits for IAM-represented employees and the contract workers slated to replace them.

Airlines for America tell Congress that they "enhance job security, pay and benefits for airline employees." as they ask Congress for their tax breaks.

Only Unions have fought for workers job security, pay and benefits, Airlines Outsource at poverty wages at the first chance they get regardless of their profits or what they tell Congress. Actions speak louder than words.

US Airways Update:

16 September 2014:

American Airlines has informed District 141 of their intent to insource ground handling work in BDL, BWI, EWR, FLL, JAX, PBI, PDX, and the legacy AA mainline work in PIT. This work, currently being performed by vendors, will be assigned to IAM represented employees as early as October 27th with the last work insourced in early December.

In addition, current legacy US Airways work in STL, SJU, and AUS will be insourced to TWU represented employees in those stations. Read More

20 August 2014:

IAM USAirways Fleet Service Negotiating Committee Members and Grand Lodge Representatives Official Contract Signing in DFW today August 20, 2014.

 

 

US Airways Update: 6 August 2014

IAM, TWU Alliance moves forward with American Airlines Single Carrier Filing

Review:

06 August 2014 Filing

Preferential Hiring Agreement

 

Agreement Information:

TA Highlights | TA Wage Scale | TA Info Meeting Schedule | TA Term Sheet

Read more at the US Airways Page

 

US Airways TA Questions and Answers:

Produced by Communications Department of IAMAW District Lodge 141

 

 

Spirit Airlines:

Initial IAM/Spirit Airlines Meeting Held 23 September 2014:

On September 23, 2014 the first meeting between the Machinist Union and Spirit Airlines was held at the company’s headquarters in Miramar, Fl.

Visit Spirit Airlines IAM page

Welcome! Learn about your Union

Meet the Officers of DL141

Review the different departments within DL141

Review Member Services

Spirit Organizing Website

Produced by Communications Department of IAMAW District Lodge 141

Hawaiian Airlines:

The next schedule negotiations: The week of September 22, 2014.

Read more at the Hawaiian Airlines Page

 


NEWS: Did Mr. Smisek consider the added taxpayer cost with poverty wage contract workers?

In a letter to Smisek, U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin (D-IA) and Reps. Bruce Braley (D-IA) and Dave Loebsack (D-IA) call on the United chief executive to provide them with a comparison of wages and benefits for IAM-represented employees and the contract workers slated to replace them.

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