IAM/Alaska Airlines HMO ARBITRATION UPDATE

October 1, 2017 Admin 0

09/26/2017

Brothers and Sisters,

Alaska has at this point paid out most of the 1.3 million dollars it owes to eligible employees as a result of the IAM’s successful arbitration regarding HMO coverage.   Not surprisingly, because the arbitration covered hundreds of employees and a time frame going back ten years, several questions and issues came to the IAM’s attention regarding payments and eligibility during the payment process.   These questions were taken up with the company, through counsel when needed, and have resulted in two updates which are generally applicable.

First, we discovered that many employees who participated in the Kaiser … Read More...

ALASKA AIRLINES NEGOTIATIONS COMMENCES

August 20, 2017 Admin 0

08/18/2017

Sisters and Brothers:

The joint Alaska Airlines Negotiating Committee opened negotiations with Alaska Airlines management this week in Seattle, Washington, at the SeaTac DoubleTree.

Represented by the Company were: Greg Mays, Vice President/Labor; Wayne Newton, Vice President/AOCS;  Jason Berry, Managing Director/Cargo;  Constance von Muehlen, Managing Director/M&E; Denise Kliskey, COPS Labor Manager; and Maranda Rosenthal, Senior Attorney.

Joining your Negotiating Committee were:  James Carlson, Assistant Airline Coordinator; Kris Hannah, Grand Lodge Representative; and Brianna Gregory, Special Representative.

During the week, your Committee presented “Openers” for the RSSA and COPS agreements, respectively.  The Company, though, only presented openers for the agreement … Read More...

ALASKA NEGOTIATIONS UPDATE

August 20, 2017 Admin 0

August 14, 2017

On July 6, 2017, District 142 served notice to Alaska Airlines that we intended to begin negotiations for the RSSA and the COPS Agreements. On July 17, the company objected to negotiating the COPS agreement insisting to break our negotiations apart.

A week later, the company filed a grievance against the union and our membership for attempting to change the amendable date of the COPS agreement by beginning talks for both agreements at the same time. It is clear by the plain language of both collective bargaining agreements that the Union has the right to open both … Read More...

1.5 Million Dollar Remedy Reached in Alaska Airlines HMO Arbitration

June 26, 2017 Admin 0

06/22/2017

IAM members will be receiving approximately 1.5 million dollars as a result of the IAM’s successful arbitration against Alaska Airlines regarding HMO coverage.  In its December 20, 2016 Order, the IAM-Alaska System Board of Adjustment, through Arbitrator John LaRocco, ordered Alaska to cease and desist from violating its contractual obligation to contribute the “same amount” to its HMO plans as it does for the same tier of coverage for PPO plans.  The System Board issued its final remedy in the HMO Arbitration yesterday, following the IAM’s arbitration win and months of negotiation between the parties.  This award applies to … Read More...

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Transition Agreement Reached with IAM, Alaska Airlines Agrees to Bring Work “In-House”

February 21, 2017 Admin 0

February 18, 2017

The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) and Alaska Airlines today reached a transition agreement that will provide improvements to the working conditions and benefits for Clerical, Office and Passenger Service (COPS) employees. This agreement spells out how Virgin America employees will transition to the coverage of the existing IAM-Alaska Airlines collective bargaining agreement (CBA).

The agreement protects all pre-merger Virgin America Passenger Service work at eight new locations, covering approximately 800 Passenger Service Employees. Virgin America has no ramp or stores employees to integrate into the Alaska workforce and is why this agreement applies

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IAM/Alaska Airlines Update: In Response to Jeff Butler

February 17, 2017 Admin 0

February 15, 2017

Sisters and Brothers,

Jeff Butler responded to my membership report Monday regarding the Alaska- Virgin merger transition talks and tentative agreement.  While his remarks were filled with alternate facts, one thing he conveniently left out was that Alaska is trying to walk away from an agreement made with the IAM that protected the work of the combined Alaska-Virgin workforce.

I will be clear: IAM District Lodge 142 will utilize all resources available to us to defend the Alaska Airlines and Virgin America employees we represent.  If Alaska wants a merged airline where work is not protected and

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Alaska Airlines Negotiations Survey

February 15, 2017 Admin 0

Sisters and Brothers,

In preparing for the upcoming negotiations at Alaska Airlines, we have developed a survey to get your input into what matters most to you in a new CBA.  We will soon be asking for contract proposals, so they too will help us focus on what is the high priority issues of the membership.  Please click on the link below to take the survey and encourage your co-workers to do the same.  The more participation, the better focused we can be in talks.

http://www.expertscan.autodata.com/default.aspx?webid=5FC4C851-2C5D-4816-A0F6-7AC5088FA0A7

Should you have any questions or concerns, please contact your stewards

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Alaska Airlines Reneges on Transition Agreement

February 15, 2017 Admin 0

February 13, 2007

Just moments before a transition agreement between the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) and Alaska Airlines was to be signed, Alaska Airlines insisted the IAM change the terms both parties already agreed to in that transition agreement to allow it to outsource work currently protected under the IAM contract, targeting reservations first. This attack on its own employees by Alaska Airlines to use contractors to perform work currently performed in-house has brought any potential transition agreement between Alaska management and the IAM, and all other merger related matters, to an abrupt halt.

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IAM Files for “Single Carrier Status” at Alaska Airlines

February 12, 2017 Admin 0

February 10, 2017

The IAM today announced it filed for a determination of single carrier status at Alaska Airlines with the National Mediation Board (NMB). The filing requests that the federal agency affirm that post-merger Alaska Airlines and Virgin America are now functioning as a single transportation system for representation purposes for Clerical, Office, Fleet and Passenger Service and Stores employees of the combined carrier.

While Virgin America voluntarily recognized the IAM as the representative of its Clerical, Office, Fleet and Passenger Service and Stores employees upon the close of the merger with Alaska Airlines in December, this single carrier

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IAM and Alaska Airlines Continue Discussions on HMO Arbitration Award Remedy

February 12, 2017 Admin 0

February 8, 2017

Sisters and Brothers:

On February 6, 2017 the IAM met with Alaska Airlines for continued discussions of the Award and Order of the recent HMO Arbitration.   This discussion was focused primarily on determining a remedy for past overcharges of health care costs for our COPS Employees enrolled in an HMO.

Although we were unable to come to an agreement yet on the remedy, we believe the discussions with the Company were positive and these discussions will continue over the next week.

We will continue to keep you updated on our efforts to secure full relief for all

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