Monthly Archives: August 2013

**Meeting Time Change**

Beginning with the Sept 10, 2013 meeting, the meeting times have changed. They will be as such;

The 2nd Tuesday of each month at 2:00PM (1400 hrs)
The 4th Tuesday of each month at 10:00AM (1000 hrs)

The times were changed to closely match shift times for many members so they can attend either after or before their shifts.

USAir Mechanic and Related 8/12/2013

With the representation question now resolved as announced by the National Mediation Board earlier today, it is time to resume negotiations. The wait and see excuse has now passed. Negotiations need to be successfully concluded for both the Mechanic and Related and the Maintenance Training Specialists. I have contacted both Mediator Walter Darr and U S Airways Vice President Labor Relations Al Hemenway insisting negotiations resume immediately.

You will be advised as future developments occur.

Fraternally yours,
Tom Higginbotham
President & Directing General Chair

District 142 British Update

IAM / BRITISH AIRWAYS NEGOTIATIONS UPDATE
The Employee Negotiating Committee and the Company met on July 22nd – 24th with NMB mediator John Livingood.
We continued discussions around Customer Service staffing provisions, the Company’s proposed outsourcing of the eight stations and the JFK baggage room and the closure of the Customer Relations unit. We also reached tentative agreements on three proposals concerning uniform allowances, the size of the IAM negotiating committee and the Chairperson of the Shop Stewards working arrangements. We also discussed some of the Company’s engineering proposals.
We had discussions concerning reducing full-time minimum staffing levels at stations, through attrition, that align with operational flight schedules. Significant gaps remain between our positions on the system-wide part-time to full-time ratio, outsourcing of eight locations, the JFK baggage room and Customer Relations and the Company’s proposals on your reducing your hard earned wage rate by 20%. Continue reading

Machinists Union Presses for Contracts at US Airways Amid Merger Uncertainty

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August 13, 2013–The Department of Justice (DOJ) and six state attorneys general today filed suit to block the proposed merger of US Airways and American Airlines.

“This is the exact reason why we have continually demanded US Airways negotiate a fair contract with IAM members before any merger related issues are discussed,” said General Vice President Sito Pantoja. “ It’s time US Airways stop playing games and sign new contracts with IAM members that are reflective of the record profits at the airline.”

“Because of the size of the airline industry, if this merger were approved, even a small increase in the price of airline tickets, checked bags, of flight change fees would cause hundreds of millions of dollars of harm to American consumers annually,” stated the lawsuit filed today in Washington D.C.

“Nothing changes for the IAM,” said IAM District 142 President Tom Higginbotham. “With or without this merger US Airways needs to immediately get back to the table and negotiate agreements that IAM members want, need and deserve or the National Mediation Board (NMB) should release us to strike.” Continue reading

IAM Wins Representation Election at USAir for Mechanics and Related

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IAM Wins Mechanic and Related Election at US Airways
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August 12, 2013–The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) today defeated the International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT) in a representation election for Mechanic and Related workers at US Airways.

August 12, 2013– In a contest overseen by the National Mediation Board (NMB), the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) today soundly defeated the International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT) in an election to represent nearly 4,600 Mechanic and Related employees at US Airways. The IAM received 1903 votes, or 58 percent of all votes cast in the five-week election, while the IBT received 1418 votes, less than 43 percent.

“This victory marks an important milestone for the Mechanic and Related group at US Airways,” said IAM Transportation Vice President Sito Pantoja. “By voting for the Machinists Union our members safeguarded their pensions and seniority heading into the merger with American Airlines while rejecting the empty promises of an organization with a history of corruption.”
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