Martin Luther King Day

January 14, 2018 Mike Jones 0

On Monday, January 15th this nation will celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day. We know of Dr. King as the preeminent warrior in the fight against the injustice of racism. Racism however was not his only fight.

Dr. King was also a passionate and powerful ally of labor unions in their fight for workplace justice. Dr. King understood that social and economic injustice in the workplace was born from the same enemy that gave us Jim Crow outside of the workplace. He found that the injustice on the farm was also to be found on the factory floor. In a … Read More...

President’s Report – January, 2018

January 13, 2018 Mike Jones 0

01/12/2018

This past Monday I watched the college football national championship. It was a great game played by two great teams. These teams were there because they excel at the most critical phase of the game. It’s not defense, offense, or special teams. It’s recruiting. Those games are won and lost in recruiting.

It occurred to me that the same is true for unions only we do not call that phase of our game recruiting. We call it organizing and just like in college football, it is crucial to our success.

We recruit/organize externally by Read More...

President’s Report – December, 2017

December 23, 2017 Mike Jones 0

12/23/17

2017 is almost behind us. As I look back at this past year, I realized that there is much to be thankful for and proud of at Local Lodge 1725.

This year saw us continue to make improvements at our local lodge. We continued with both exterior and interior upgrades to our building so that our local lodge is a place that our members can be proud of. In addition,we have begun the process of having a dedicated fiber optic line ran to our office and meeting hall to improve our internet and office systems.

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Veterans Day President’s Report

November 8, 2017 Mike Jones 0

11/08/2017

Saturday November 11th 2017 is Veterans Day. It is a day that we deservingly acknowledge and honor the men and women that have served in our country’s military. Many of the issues facing veterans are the same ones facing working families, lack of good jobs, the lack of accessible health care and the increasingly uphill struggle of trying to make a better life for themselves and their families.

While wearing lapel pins, and putting magnetic red, white, and blue ribbons on your car are well intended gestures, I am asking Read More...

President’s Report – October, 2017

October 17, 2017 Mike Jones 0

10/17/2017

This President’s report does not bring good news with it. Judgement day is on the horizon for public sector unions in this country as the U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear a case that could deal a serious blow to American organized labor.

The Supreme Court announced last Thursday that it will hear Janus v. AFSCME (American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees Union). This case seeks to defund public sector unions by making illegal, the requirement that members under a collective bargaining agreement pay agency fees which are design exclusively to support and … Read More...

Labor Day: What It Really Means

September 1, 2017 Mike Jones 0

On Monday, September 4th, we will celebrate Labor Day in the United States. When most Americans think of Labor Day, they think of nothing more than a holiday that provides them with extra time off from work and big sales at local retailers and across the internet. While these things are nice, they sadly neglect the true meaning and purpose of this important holiday.

The real purpose of Labor Day is to honor the American labor movement. It is a time to reflect on and celebrate the contributions and sacrifices of the working men and women of this … Read More...

President’s Report – August, 2017

August 15, 2017 Mike Jones 0

President’s Report

Currently Victory Lodge 1725 members at both PSA and American Airlines (AA) have negotiating committees that are deep into the difficult process of securing new collective bargaining agreements on behalf of our members. After many frustrating and fruitless efforts to get PSA to bring a legitimate and acceptable offer to the table, the IAM petitioned the National Mediation Board (NMB) to step in and assist with bringing these negotiations to a successful conclusion. As a result, on August 3rd the NMB assigned a case number and mediator to these negotiations. At the American Airlines-TWU/IAM Association negotiations, on July … Read More...

President’s Report – June 2017

July 12, 2017 Mike Jones 0

President’s Report

“The Union.” I hear that phrase used a lot by our members.  ”The Union did this.” “Why hasn’t the Union hasn’t done that.” “The Union said this…” etcetera, etcetera. It makes it sound as if The Union is comprised by anonymous people in some faraway place.

Here’s the thing. The Union is not comprised by anonymous people in some faraway place. The Union, your union, is made up of people that you know and work with every day. You share the same break rooms with them and work on the same ramp, shop, or hangar as them. It … Read More...

President’s Report – May 2017

May 16, 2017 Mike Jones 0

Presidents Report

I recently watched an excellent documentary by Ken Burns titled “The National Parks; America’s Greatest Idea.” While the cinematography was incredible, one of the things that stood out to me was the parallels between the creation and care our national park system and the creation and care of our labor unions.

In both cases, corporate and human greed sought to exploit resources for their own selfish gains. Corporations wanted to strip the land of its timber, minerals, and oil much like corporations want to strip workers of their wages, working conditions, and dignity.

This documentary highlighted how a … Read More...

President’s Report – April 2017

April 21, 2017 Mike Jones 0

Presidents Report

This month I had the privilege of attending the 2017 IAMAW Transportation Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada. It was the first time I have attended an IAMAW conference and several things stuck with me as I left to come home.

First the good news. I was able to hear from a lot of very dedicated IAMAW members working and fighting on your behalf. AFL-CIO President Rich Trumka, IAMAW I.P. Bob Martinez, TWU President Harry Lombardo, GVP of Transportation Sito Pantoja, and Attorney Joe Guerrieri were among the many speakers at this conference. They along with their staff and … Read More...